COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE

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Overview

A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows you to realise your ultimate aviation goal – working and earning a living as pilot. When you’ve earned your CPL there are countless possibilities for employment, including joy and charter flights, agriculture and search and rescue. A CPL is a gateway to advanced training that will lead to being an airline pilot or flight instructor.

The CPL course involves advanced navigation and instrument flight training. Through our specialist scenario-based training you will cover every type of airspace that can be encountered in Australia, proficient at handling every conceivable emergency situation and learn how to manage an aircraft in a commercial environment.


Career opportunities for a Commercial Pilot Licence holder can include:

  • Airline
  • Joy Flights
  • Fire Spotting / Bombing
  • Flight Instruction
  • Aerial Surveillance
  • Air Ambulance
  • Charter
  • Search & Rescue
  • Agricultural Operations

Flight Training

The aeronautical experience requirement for a Commercial Pilot Licence.

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 a simulator)

Your PPL flying will contribute approximately 65 hours total time, 10 hours PIC, 5 hours cross-country PIC and 4 hours instrument time towards your CPL requirements.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Exam Structure

The examinations consists of seven separate exams:

  • 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)

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.

Central Coast Aero Club does not typically run scheduled CPL theory classes. Most students prefer to self-study at home at their own pace. Students can book 1 on 1 tutoring with one of our experienced instructors. Cost is $60/hr.

Requirements to earn CPL:

  • Minimum hours: 200
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a Class 1 Medical
  • More infomation available on CASA website

Total Cost:

(Prices and times are based on average hours taken to complete the course. Additional hours required will need to be paid in addition to this price)

Recreational Pilots Licence$11,785
Private Pilots Licence$13,238
Commercial Pilots Licence
Aircraft & RateAverage HoursPriceTotal Cost
Cessna 150 Dual25$310$7,750
Cessna 150 Solo30$200$6,000
Piper Cherokee Dual12$375$4,500
Piper Cherokee Solo52$265$13,780
Piper Arrow Dual5$415$2,075
Piper Arrow Solo5$305$1,525
Ground Briefings10$70$700
CPL Exam Fee1$750
Landing Fees
(Airports other than Warnervale)
20$15$300
Commercial Licence Cost$37,380
First Lesson to Commercial Licence Cost$62,403

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