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Commercial Pilot Training Licence Requirements

A Commercial Pilot Licence is issued by the Civil Aviation Authority in accordance with aviation rule "part 61".

There is a MINIMUM flight time requirement of 200 hours to a specified syllabus followed by a flight test with an examiner.  It is also necessary to pass 6 written  exams and a class 1 medical with a Civil Aviation Authority approved doctor.  The detailed syllabus is specified in AC61-5 available on the CAA website:  http://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/ACs.htm 

Full time courses including a degree in aviation available for people with career loans or very deep pockets are available at https://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/learning/colleges/college-business/school-of-aviation/ 

My course is best suited to self funding students who need to pace their training to fit in with other commitments.  I am not able to offer career loan funded courses.

If you are intending obtaining a CPL then come to see me as soon as you get your PPL.  The post PPL experience needs to be carefully planned if a CPL is to be obtained in close to the 200hours.

How do I work?

First we would have a meeting to see what you had done so far and  draw up a "learning plan".  This is free of charge and does not commit you to anything.  In general I recommend you study for the ground subjects and take the exams whilst hour building to about 160 hours total.  This is because the exams are the "cheap" bit but do take a lot of time and effort.  I offer tutorials but not formal lectures for CPL subjects.

There are "blocks" of training that need to be completed in addition to the PPL training already received.  5 hours basic mountain flying; 5 hour instrument flying; 20 hours cross country, some advanced handling exercises.  The flying accuracy limits are higher than for the PPL and the level of knowledge application is higher too.  Ground instruction time for this course can be significant.  Some items are only valid for a year so we do not want to start those unless we can see an end date.

Want to talk?  John Nicholls   flyitnz@gmail.com or telephone Land line: +64 (0) 9 406 1974  mobile +64 (0) 27-359 4869