Commercial Pilot licence


No Flying Experience

200 Hour Course

The 200 Hour CASA approved CPL (Aeroplane) Training Course is an integrated course of both theory and practical aviation training. Students must complete the training requirements, have a minimum of 200 hours total flight time before the test, which must include at least 100 hours flight time as Pilot In Command, 20 hours of cross country as Pilot In Command and 10 hours of instrument flight time. Students must pass all seven of the CASA written theory examinations, be recommended for the test by the HOO (Head of Operations) and pass the Commercial Pilot Licence flight test.

Flying Experience Already

32 Hour Non-Integrated

The 32 Hour CPL (Aeroplane) Qualification is where a candidate has gained flying experience by means other than a student on an approved 150 hour or 200 hour CPLA course with a minimum 200 hours total flight time at the time of the test.

Students must meet and hold the following minimum aeronautical experience requirements: including 100 hours flight time as Pilot In Command, 20 hours cross country as pilot in command and 10 hours of instrument flight time in a registered or recognised aeroplane, 5 of which may be in an approved flight simulation device. Students must pass all the theory examinations, be assessed as having achieved the required standard and be recommended by the HOO (Head of Operations) and pass the Commercial Pilot Licence flight test.

The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) has three main components:

  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Course – see PPL section
  • CPL Flight Training and Experience
  • CPL Theory Examinations

Flight Training and Experience Requirements and  Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of a Commercial Pilot Licence for a student undertaking a non integrated course are detailed in Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 5.111. The requirements are as follows: 200 hours total flight time, which includes:

  • 100 hours total as pilot-in-command (PIC)
  • 20 hours cross-country PIC
  • 10 hours instrument flight (5 hours may be in an approved flight  simulation device)

The Private Pilot Licence component of this course will contribute approximately 60 hours total time, 10 hours PIC, 5 hours cross-country PIC and 2 hours of instrument time towards your CPL requirements. In addition to flying training for the Private Pilot Licence additional training is undertaken to ensure operations meet or exceed the commercial standard specified in the Day VFR Syllabus. This syllabus incorporates the Manual of Standards for Commercial Pilots. During commercial flying training will have you demonstrate:

  • High standards of knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge
  • Accurate and expeditious flight planning
  • Safe and accurate operation of the aircraft
  • Operational decision making
  • Sound navigation techniques – visual and navaid based, diversions
  • Operation in both complex airspace and to/from remote aerodromes

The skills and experience gained during your training and command building time will put you in a good position to provide your services to an employer as a professional pilot. In order to gain the required 70 hours of PIC time you can explore the countryside with friends and family. Many students will offer acquaintances flights on a cost-sharing basis, meaning you can legally split the costs equally between you and passengers – saving you up to 75% on your flying hours in a 4 seat aircraft. In addition to the in-flight experience requirements you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age to be issued a CPL
  • Pass a Class 1 medical examination – refer to the CASA web site



Because all people learn at different rates it is almost impossible to put an exact figure on costs.  Please contact us on (07) 3448 6387 to discuss your individual requirements. Courses typically run on a one-to-one basis and are designed to fit in to both your work schedule and budgetary constraints.

To maximise your employment opportunities as a newly qualified commercial pilot the following courses are also recommended but not required for the issue of a CPL:

  • Multi-Engine Aeroplane Class Rating
  • Command Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating

Commercial Pilot Exams

Examination Structure

The CPL examinations comprise seven separate examinations for aeroplanes:

  • CPL Navigation (CNAV)
  • CPL Meteorology (CMET)
  • CPL Human Factors (CHUF)
  • CPL Flight Rules & Air Law (CLWA)
  • CPL Aerodynamics (CADA)
  • CPL Aircraft General Knowledge (CSYA)
  • CPL Operation, Performance & Flight Planning (CFPA)

These examinations are based on the MOS (Manual of Standards) and administered by CASA. The pass mark for each CPL examination is 70%, except for Flight Rules & Air Law where the pass mark is 80%. All examinations must be passed within a 2-year period, from the date of the first attempt, successful or otherwise, for a candidate to be awarded an CPL theory pass. Examinations are booked through and delivered by Assessment Services Pty Ltd. Aircraft Australia does not typically run scheduled CPL theory classes.  We recommend Bob Tait theory books for self study or attendance at their scheduled full time courses next to our hangar at Redcliffe airport.

Most students prefer to self-study at home at their own pace, or in our facilities able to liaise available instructors as required. A number of organisations provide regular scheduled part/full time theory courses for the commercial pilot licence and we can provide recommendations when required.  

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