Commercial Pilots Licence

In addition to your PPL, a CPL allows you to:

  • Legally earn income from your flying
  • Advance to further employment prospects in your aviation career
  • Take to your flying skills to a higher level

HOW DO YOU OBTAIN A CPL?

Age – Be at least 18 years of age.

Medical – You must hold a current Class 1 Medical Certificate. This is a little more in depth than the Class 2 Medical for your PPL . Class 1 Medicals need to be renewed annually. Class 1 Medicals can be obtained in Hokitika by the famous Dr Dave Baldwin, with the Bulls Flying Doctors Service.  For more information see the CAA website.

Exams – Pass an examination in six subjects.

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Principles of Flight

These exams are multi-choice and require a 70% pass rate. Exams are sat in Greymouth. For the next exam sitting visit the ASL website.

Flight Time – You must also complete at least 200 hours total flight time of which:

100 hours must be Pilot in Command.

10 hours must be instrument flight time

10 hours Night Flying

30 hours cross-country navigation:

  • 10 hours must be dual CPL cross country navigation training
  • 10 hours must be solo CPL cross country navigation training
  • 5 hours dual instruction in Terrain and Weather Awareness

Flight Tests

Pass a cross country flight test after completing the CPL cross-country navigation syllabus .
Pass a CPL flight test which will include all normal and emergency flight manoeuvres.

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