Commericial Pilot Licence (CPL)
- 18 years or older
- Class one medical
- NCEA Level 2 or has 3 years of work experience or has a minimum score of 6 IELTS or equivalent
- 46 weeks
- 200 hours minimum (this includes flying time built during PPL level)
Once you obtain your Private Pilot Licence, you can learn the skills and knowledge required to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – and help you take another step towards a lucrative career in commercial flying.
The theoretical training for the CPL covers many of the same subject areas as the PPL but in greater depth. This is to provide the student with ‘situational awareness’ that enables them to anticipate problems and know how best to handle any scenario in flight.
Learning to fly, at a professional level, requires careful planning and coordination. The emphasis today is very much on seamless training. In other words, airlines want prospective employees to have been through a training programme that shows continuity and a depth and breadth of experience that is required for an airline position.
The PiC (pilot in command) requirement for a CPL is 100 hours. This means 100 hours of solo flying.
The remainder of the 200 hours will be dual flying with an instructor to cover components such as:
- 10 hours of night flying
- 30 hours of cross country flying
- 10 hours of instrument flight time
- CPL Exercises
- Air Law
- Aircraft Technical Knowledge
- Human Factors
- Principles of Flights
- Starting and run up procedures
- Straight and level flight
- Take-off, circuit and landing
- Aircraft manoeuvres
- Cross-Country flying
- Emergency procedures