COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE

After completing your Private Pilot License, you can apply to complete your Commercial Pilot License.  The best part about being a commercial pilot is you can make money doing what you love!

As a commercial pilot, you may find yourself flying more sophisticated aircraft, with more passengers. This, of course, means you will need to be more educated, proficient and professional. 


We have a set syllabus with flexibility around instructional scheduling to assist in education and life balance. 

 
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CPL REQUIREMENTS

AEROMEDICAL

Student must be at least 18 years of age and hold a Category 1 Aviation Medical Certificate.

Please note that you must hold a PPL to begin CPL training

GROUND SCHOOL

80Hrs of ground school is required by Transport Canada, for more information on ground school please visit PilotTraining.ca


There is a Transport Canada issued written exam which covers the material learned in ground school. This must be passed before you can proceed with your flight test.

MINIMUM FLYING REQUIREMENTS

Transport Canada requires students to have a minimum of 200 hours total time for the CPL. These hours include, but are not limited to:

  • 100hrs PIC

  • 65Hrs of CPL Training, which includes:

    • 35hrs Dual​

    • 5hrs Night Dual

    • 5hrs Dual Cross-Country

    • 20hrs Instrument (Max of 10hrs in the sim)

    • 30hrs Solo

    • 5hrs Night Solo

A Transport Canada Flight Test must be taken and passed to obtain a CPL

TRAINING COST

Demonstrating proficiency throughout this process and preparing for the flight test almost always requires more time than the Transport Canada minimums.  Accounting for these additional hours we usually advise that students have $40,000-$50,000 to spend on the CPL portion of their training.

Non-flying expenses include:

  • Written Exam - $110

  • Flight Test Fee - $450

  • License Sign-off Fee - $55

  • Category 1 Medical - Please consult your Transport Canada Certified Aviation Medical Examiner's website for medical examination costs

Please note that government student loans are available for this portion of training, subject to student eligibility

HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?

The timeline for the CPL portion of your training is entirely dependent on YOU! If you can commit to full time training (consistent and closely spaced flight schedule), are organized, hardworking and show up prepared, you can be finished in as little as 6 months. On average, students at SATC who finish their CPLs do so in 6-12 months.

SATC has the resources to allow you to progress at your own pace

 

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A CPL?

YOU CAN

  • Make money flying

  • Without additional ratings, you can:

    • Fly under visual flight rules- this means being able to see the ground

    • Fly as far as your airplane can take you 

    • Fly with as many passengers as your airplane will allow

    • Fly single-engine non-high performance aircraft

  • By obtaining additional ratings, you can expand your capabilities to fly at night, in multi engine aircraft and in conditions where you can't see the ground​

YOU CAN NOT

  • Fly in conditions for which you do not hold a rating

  • Fly high-performance aircraft unless you hold a type rating for that aircraft

    • Please note that training towards type ratings is not offered​ at our school

 

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