Commercial pilot licence

The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows the pilot to fly airplanes for hire and reward and opens the avenue to what can be an exciting and lucrative aviation career. Depending on what type of aviation job you are seeking, you may require additional ratings to be a successful applicant. A CPL may be endorsed with a Multi-Engine, Instrument, Float or Instructor rating. Night and VFR OTT endorsements are included with a CPL.

The prerequisites for the commercial licence are:

  • Private Pilot Licence
  • Minimum age 18
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Class 1 Medical obtained from a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner

The requirement to obtain the licence are:

200 hours total flight time including: 100 hours Pilot in Command time, 20 hours of which must be cross country.

  • 35 hours of dual instruction:
    10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 5 hours of X-Country
    20 hours of instrument time.
    5 hours dual night with 2 hours X-country
  • 30 hours of solo flight time:
    25 hours of general practice and skill building
    5 hours solo night (10 take offs and landings)
  • Cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
  • Minimum 80 hours ground-school (Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge)
  • Transport Canada Written Exam with at minimum a 70% 
  • Transport Canada Flight Test

Note: All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot Licence. The Commercial course consists of 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school and includes a Night Endorsement and a VOTT Endorsement