Commercial Pilot

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows you to realise your ultimate aviation goal – working and earning a living as a 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.

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CPL Course

The Commercial Pilots Licence course requirements. 

The aeronautical experience requirement for a Commercial Pilot Licence.

  • 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.

To meet the requirements for a CPL, the applicant must be at least 18 years old and hold a Class 1 Medical certification. 

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.

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.


How much does it cost?

The cost of conversion will depend on pilot experience level prior to flying the cirrus and also the amount of time and frequency you can dedicate to the course. We do quote basic estimates of around 10 hours flight time.

How long does it take?

The Cirrus conversion course can be completed usually over a period of 3 or 4 days, with 1 or 2 flights per day. It is recommended to have finished the Cirrus Transition course online prior to any flight training.

Am I guaranteed to pass?

As with any flight training, safety is the most important aspect, we will train you until a safe standard, so you are then comfortable yourself to fly off with family and friends.

Do I convert in the SR 20 or SR 22?

The selection of whether to convert in the SR 20 or SR 22 will depend on a number of factors and can be discussed with us so that we can map out the best training path for you.

What is enroute training?

For example we have a Doctor who regularly had to attend clinics in regional NSW, he was an existing pilot but not on Cirrus, so what we did was construct a Cirrus converion course so that he could complete part of the syllabus at the same time as his travel requirements.

Can I get help to pay?

Unfortunately we dont offer credit of finance for the course and the cost for the hours flown will have to be paid on completion of the flight

Can I rent after course completion?

Yes we do offer rental to our pilots on completion and we have on offer a range of SR 20 or SR 22, you are free to take this away on long journeys as long as minimum hours are met, please enquire for more info.

I want to buy a SR 20 or SR 22?

We have on show in our hanger a range of SR 20 and SR 22 aircraft, so please visit to discuss purchase as well as map put your training course.

I want to buy a Vision Jet!

We are proud to have in our hanger a new 2020 model SF 50 Vision Jet. This aircraft is not available to rent or train on, but syndicates are on offer or you can discuss an outright purchase. Contact us for more info.

Can you train in other locations?

Yes for certain circumstances such as full time courses, we do offer training away from our home base at Bankstown airport, please feel free to ask.

*please note that additional expenses may apply such as accomodation and enroute travel costs*

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