Commercial Pilot


The Commercial Pilot Licence—Aeroplane will allow you to be paid to fly an aircraft of the commercial air service class and type corresponding to your qualification, i.e. as the pilot-in-command, if the minimum flight crew document of the aircraft specifies that the flight crew may be composed of a single pilot, or as a co-pilot.

In addition to being paid, obtaining this licence gives the holder the privileges of the Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane, a Night Rating, the benefits of the VFR OTT Rating (VFR Flight Over-the-Top) and the opportunity to teach in-flight training if you have an Instructor Rating.


Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Medical fitness

Applicants must have a Category 1 medical certificate.


Private Pilot Licence (PPL)


Within the 12 months preceding the date of the application, the applicant for a Commercial Pilot Licence—Aeroplane must successfully complete a flight test as pilot-in-command.


The applicant must have completed a minimum of 80 hours of ground school instruction.

The applicant must have a minimum score of 60% in the overall written examination leading to the Commercial Pilot Licence—Airplane (CPAER).

The minimum score of 60% also applies for each of the four mandatory subjects of the following examinations: Air Law, General Knowledge, Meteorology, and Navigation.


Applicants for a Commercial Pilot Licence—Aeroplane must have completed a minimum of 200 hours’ flight time in aeroplanes, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command flight time.

Following the issuance of a Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane, applicants must complete 65 hours of commercial pilot flight training in an aircraft including:

  • 35 hours of dual instruction flight time including
    • 5 hours of night flight time, with a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time
    • 5 hours of cross-country time (which may include the 2 hours of night cross-country time)
    • 20 hours of instrument flight time (including a maximum of 10 hours on a simulator or flight training device—FTD)
  • 30 hours of solo flight time including
    • 25 hours of solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of the applicant’s general flying skills, including a cross-country flight to a point located at a minimum of 300 NM from the point of departure and a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure
    • 5 hours of solo flight time by night comprising a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits, and landings.