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    Commercial Pilot License (CPL)


    Commercial Pilot License – CPL (A) is a qualification that permits the holder to act as the pilot-in-command of an aircraft and be paid for his/her work. The basic requirements to obtain the license and the privileges it confers are agreed internationally by International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). However the actual implementation varies quite widely from country to country. According to ICAO, to be eligible for a Commercial Pilot License, the applicant must be able to read, speak, write, and understand English: already hold a Private Pilot License, have received training in the areas of a commercial pilot, and successfully complete the relevant written exams. To proceed in obtaining a Commercial Pilot License, the applicant must first obtain first-class medical certification. Upon completion of exams and training the applicant will then receive an exam from the governing aviation body that consists of an oral and practical flight test from an examiner.

    A certificate/license will contain a number of sub-qualifications or ratings. These specify in more detail the actual privileges of the license, including the types of aircraft that can be flown (single-engine or multi-engine), whether flight under Instrument Flight Rules is allowed (instrument rating), and whether instructing and examining of trainee pilots can be done (instructor or examiner rating). All of which are listed below are available through us.

    • Multi Engine Training (ME)
    • Instrument Rating (IR)
    • Simulator Training
    • Conversions
    • Night Rating
    • Instructors Rating

    Requirements for a basic CPL (A)

    • A student should be 18 years or older
    • A valid private pilot license – PPL (A)
    • A valid class one medical (arranged through us)
    • A valid general radio certificate (arranged through us)
    • A valid night rating (arranged through us)

    Exams Passed

    • Aircraft Technical and General
    • Air Law
    • Aviation Meteorology
    • Instruments and Electronics
    • Navigation
    • Human Performance
    • Radio Aids and Communication
    • Flight Planning and Performance
    • General Radio

    Multiple choice, approx. 50 questions each, pass mark 75% (exams wrote at SACAA – Midrand)

    Total of 200hrs flying time must include

    • 100hrs as pilot in command
    • 20hrs of cross country as pilot in command
    • 5hrs of night flying as pilot in command
    • 20hrs of instrument instruction time (max of 10hrs on approved flight simulator)
    • At least 5hrs instruction in an aeroplane with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller or turbojet engine