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Program Description

The Commercial Pilot Certificate is a qualification that permits the holder to act as a pilot of an aircraft for remuneration.

Course entry requirements:

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Second class medical certificate
  • At least PPL(A) (Private Pilot License) holder with 250 hours total flight time out of which 100 as Pilot in Command.
  • English language skills


  • Exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(A);
  • Act as co-pilot (First Officer) in commercial air transportation
  • Act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any airplane (CPL(A)) engaged in operations other than commercial air transportation.
  • Act as pilot-in-command in commercial air transportation of any single-pilot airplane

Ground training:

The trainee will cover during the ground training the following courses:

  • Air law and ATC procedures
  • Airframes & systems, electrics, power plant, emergency equipment
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Communications

Flight training:

At the end of the training, the trainee must have a minimum of 250 total flight hours (including PPL(A) and IR time) if acquiring an FAA CPL Part 61 certification or must have minimum of 190 total flight hours (including PPL(A) and IR time if acquiring an FAA CPL Part 141 certification:

FAA Part 141

  • 100 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 50 hours of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 350 NM in the course of with full-stop landings at two airports different from the airport of departure
  • 10 hours of instrument training
  • 5 hours of night flying - 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings
  • 10 hours on a complex airplane

Examination - Written Test

The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at an FAA approved testing center in the form of a written test. The test consists of nine subjects (Meteorology, Navigation, Instrumentation, Communications, Aircraft General Knowledge, Principles of flight, Air Law, Flight performance and planning, Human Performance and limitations, Operational procedures, etc).

The applicant must pass the written exam with a minimum of 70% which is still a passing score. One must complete and successfully pass the written exam prior to the taking the theoretical/practical examination.

Examination – Theoretical

An applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a CPL(A) in accordance with the requirements under the FARs.

Examination – Practical

The practical skill exam in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests.

The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as requested by FAA
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times.


We offer the opportunity to upgrade for different aircraft during the CPL course. Below you can find training fee difference that will be charged on a top of standard offer.

Plane upgrades - additional cost for the training Amount Upgrade fee USD/hr Additional cost for the training USD
Aircraft Piper Cadet (VFR) 35 4 140
Aircraft Piper Warrior (IFR, Ads-B & Garmin G530W - 4 seater) 35 20 700
Aircraft Cessna 172R (IFR, KLN94, 4 seater) 35 20 700
Aircraft Cessna 172SP Garmin 1000 (IFR, Glass cockpit, 4 seater) 35 54 1890
Aircraft Piper Arrow (IFR, Garmin G430, 4 seater) 35 46 1610


The CPL(A) can be obtained in a range period starting from two months depending on the trainees time availability for both theoretical and practical training.

International students

Flying Academy is able to provide the needed documentation for non US citizens to be able to enrol in flight training courses in the USA. FlyingAcademy3FlyingAcademy2FlyingAcademy1

Last updated Feb 2018

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