Monday, June 18, 2018
Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

The Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is the foundational license you will require if your goal is to fly for hire.  It is recognized internationally, and as such allows you to fly in Canada and around the world.  

This license includes the Night and VFR Over the Top Rating, and allows for the addition of several other ratings, such as a multi-engine or instrument rating (see our ratings page for more info).

  • Prerequisite

    • A Private Pilot License
  • Age

    • 18 years for licensing

  • Medical Fitness

    • Category 1 Medical Certificate

  • Knowledge

    • Minimum of 80 hours of Commercial Pilot Ground School covering:
      • Canadian Aviation Regulations
      • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
      • Meteorology (Weather)
      • Airframes, Engines and Systems
      • Flight Instruments
      • Radio and Electronic Theory
      • Navigation
      • Flight Operations
      • Licensing Requirements
      • Human Factors, including pilot decision-making

    • Minimum of 60% on the Commercial Pilot License - Aeroplane (CPAER) Exam

  • Experience

    • Minimum of 200 hours total flight training time including a minimum of:

      • 100 hours pilot-in-command flight time, including: 
        • a minimum 20 hours pilot-in-command cross-country flight time

      • Following the issuance of a Private Pilot License, the candidate must have completed:
        • 65 hours of commercial pilot flight training including a minimum of:

          • 35 hours dual instruction, including:
            • 5 hours of night flying, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time
            • 5 hours of cross-country flight time
            • 20 hours of instrument flight time

          • 20 hours solo practice flight time including:
            • 25 hours solo, including a cross-country flight of a minimum of 300 
              nautical miles and a minimum of 3 landings at other airports
            • 5 hours solo flight time at night with a minimum of 10 takeoffs and landings

  • Skill

    • Successful completion of a flight test

  • More Information

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