Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

What's involved in getting my Commercial Pilot's Licence with Gil Layt's Flying School?

Education Requirements

The same education requirements that apply for PPL stand true for CPL. 

Age Requirements

You must be 18 years old before you can obtain your Commercial Pilots Licence.

Medical Requirements

In order to hold a Commercial Pilot Licence you must have a Class 1 medical. The requirements for the Class 1 medical are more stringent and include an ECG, ophthalmology tests, blood/cholesterol tests, spirometry tests and hearing tests. If it is your intention to continue into the commercial area of aviation we recommend that you have a Class 1 medical conducted first off. If you have any underlying health problems it is better that they be identified early on rather than halfway through your training. Medical examinations can only be conducted by approved Aviation Medical Examiners

The Steps to Freedom

  1. Ensure that you have no restrictions that wouldn’t enable you to hold a Class 1 Medical
  2. Follow the steps for obtaining your PPL

Part time course, requiring 200 hours total flight time.  The candidate must have 100 hours as pilot-in-command at the time of applying for your licence

As there are two options (150 hour course) and (200 hour course), details of the course outline are given separately. Please advise your instructor at Gil Layt's Flying School which course outline you would like to enrol on.

Before undergoing the CPL flight test, the candidate shall have the following:

  • Current Class 1 Medical
  • A pass in the CPL(A) theory examinations
  • 200 hours total flight time
  • 100 hours pilot in command (PIC) for 200 hour syllabus
  • 20 hours Cross-country flight time as pilot in command (PIC)
  • 10 hours Instrument Flight (IF)

There is obviously a substantial gap in flying time between a new Private Pilot and the requirements for a Commercial Pilot Licence.  The GFPT and PPL training combined will provide somewhere between 40 and 60 hours of flight time, but only 10 to 15 of these will be in command.

Commercial Pilot's Licence Theory (CPL-A) Exam

These subjects are examined externally by CASA.  It’s a good idea to enrol yourself in one of the commercial theory courses, while you are building up command time with your private pilot’s licence. 

Commercial Pilot's Licence Flight Test

After achieving a pass in the Commercial Pilot Licence Theory Examination you can begin the flying aspect of your commercial training.  Your flying training consists of both dual instructional and solo time where you’re flying and operational skills will be honed to the standard that is demanded of today’s commercial pilot.  Upon reaching this standard you will be recommended by the CFI for your commercial licence test.

How can I build my 'command' hours?

One of the best ways to build up your command hours is to plan an extensive trip away with family or friends.  Not only is this great fun, but it also provides you with exposure to flying in remote areas, controlled airspace, etc. At, or about, the time you attain your 70 hours in command for the 150hr course, or 100hours for the 200hr course, you will begin your commercial flying training.  During this phase of your flying training you will hone your skills to the standards demanded of today's professional pilot.

What Does a Commercial Pilot's Licence allow me to do?

For those who wish to pursue a career in flying this is where it all really begins.  

On completion of your Commercial Pilot's Licence you will be ready to choose your path into a command aviation career. Some of the career paths that will open to you include:

Flying Instructor Agricultural Spraying Survey Pilot
Charter Pilot Coastal Surveillance Air Ambulance
Search and Rescue Corporate Pilot Airline Pilot



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