If you intend to pursue a career in aviation, or if you want to improve your flying skills and enjoy greater freedom as a recreational pilot, you will need to qualify for your Commercial Pilot License.

Legal Requirements

  • An applicant for a CPL must be at least 18 years old
  • The applicant must hold a valid class I medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid General Radio License
  • Passed the Following Exams
  • Human performance
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • Radio Aids
  • Instruments
  • Navigation General
  • Air Law and Procedures
  • Navigation
  • Plotting
  • Flight Planning

 
  •  The applicant must have completed not less than: 200 hours of flight time which may include 20 hours of instructional time in an approved simulation device
  • The total flight time must include 100 hours as pilot in command
  • Not less than 20 hours cross country flight time as pilot in command which must include one flight of a minimum of 300 NM during which 2 full stop landings at any two aerodromes away from base have to be made
  • 5 hours of night flying as pilot in command which must include at least 10 take offs and landings by night as well as a night time cross country flight consisting of 3 legs and a minimum distance of 50 NM
  • 20 hours of instrument instruction time, of which no more than 10 hours may be accumulated in an approved flight simulation device
  • At least 5 hours instruction on a complex aircraft (adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and a variable pitch propeller or turbine engine
  • The holder of a valid CPL may, by day and in compliance with VMC, act as pilot in command or co-pilot on any aircraft for which he/she holds the relevant valid class or type rating
  • A CPL pilot may fly under IFR or in IMC within sight of the ground and clear of clouds within a control zone, and only after authorization from the applicable air traffic services unit
  • A CPL pilot may exercise all the privileges of a PPL pilot
  • Act as pilot in command of any aircraft involved in operations that do not involve the carriage of passengers or freight for hire or reward
  • A CPL pilot may act as pilot in command of any aircraft engaged in commercial transport operations that has been certified for single pilot operation
  • A CPL pilot may act as co-pilot on any aircraft required to be operated with a co-pilot on commercial transport operations
  • A CPL holder may act as a safety pilot
  • A CPL holder may exercise all of the above privileges by night as well

 

Privileges of a commercial pilot

  • The holder of a valid CPL may, by day and in compliance with VMC, act as pilot in command or co-pilot on any aircraft for which he/she holds the relevant valid class or type rating
  • A CPL pilot may fly under IFR or in IMC within sight of the ground and clear of clouds within a control zone, and only after authorization from the applicable air traffic services unit
  • A CPL pilot may exercise all the privileges of a PPL pilot
  • Act as pilot in command of any aircraft involved in operations that do not involve the carriage of passengers or freight for hire or reward
  • A CPL pilot may act as pilot in command of any aircraft engaged in commercial transport operations that has been certified for single pilot operation
  • A CPL pilot may act as co-pilot on any aircraft required to be operated with a co-pilot on commercial transport operations
  • A CPL holder may act as a safety pilot
  • A CPL holder may exercise all of the above privileges by night as well