Commercial Pilot Certificate is a qualification that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft for remuneration.


Course entry requirements:

    • Be at least 18 years of age;
    • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language, or have such operating limitations placed on his pilot license as are necessary for safety, to be removed when he shows that he can read, speak, and understand the English language;
    • Hold at least a valid first-class medical certificate issued under Part 67 of the CASRs,
    • Pass a written examination appropriate to the aircraft rating



  • Exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL
  • Act as co-pilot (First Officer) in commercial air transportation
  • Act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aircraft (airplane / helicopter) engaged in operations other than commercial air transportation
  • Act as pilot-in-command in commercial air transportation of any single-pilot airplane / helicopter


Prior undertaking the CPL-IR ground and flight test student’s has to meet the following training requirements and possess the following minimum aeronautical experience:

  • 184 hours for Ground CPL-IR Stage
  • 200 hours total, 150 hours total flight time and 50 hours FTD /AATD
  • 72:00 hours flight time as PIC
  • 34:30 hours cross country flight time as PIC ( VFR )
  • 22:00 hours Basic Instruments and 22:00 hours Radio Instrument Flying
  • 6 hour night flight with minimum 5 times take-off and landing.
  • Pass the CPL-IR written examination set by DGCA
  • Qualified to handle Flight Radio Telephone Operator Certificate (FROL)
  • Assessed having achieved the required standard in all sequences for the CPL-IR
  • Recommended by the Check Instructor for the CPL-IR flight test


Ground Training

The trainee will cover during the ground training the following courses:

  • Air law, Rules and Regulations
  • General Navigation
  • Flight Planning
  • Aerodynamics
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Performance Weight and Balance
  • Principle of Flight
  • Powerplant
  • Airframe and Aircraft System
  • Instrumentation
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Operational procedures


Flight training

At the end of the training, the trainee must have a minimum of 200 total hours :

  • 150 flight hours
  • 50 simulator hours
  • 72 hours as pilot-in-command (flight)
  • 34:30 hours of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of with full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure
  • 44 hours of instrument training
  • 6 hours of night flying including one cross-country flight and 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings


Examination – Theoretical

An applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a CPL in accordance with the requirements in CASR part 61.


Examination – Practical

The practical skill exam in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests.

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as requested by DGCA
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times