Commercial Pilot License
What does the CPL license allow you to do…
To fly for “hire or reward” and work for a Commercial Air Service in Canada it is required that the pilot hold the Commercial Pilot License (CPL). This opens the door to your career as a commercial pilot as you work your way towards your career goals. Typical entry level positions for pilots with a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) are as follows:
- VFR Charter Air Taxi
- IFR Charter Air Taxi
- Photo Survey Pilot
- Forest Fire Detection
- Medical Evacuation
- Airborne Traffic Watch
- Airborne Banner Towing
- Parachute Dropping
- Forest Fire Suppression
- Flight Instructor (with valid Instructors Rating)
Once the Commercial Pilot License has been attained, most of our graduates also hold the Multi‐IFR Rating and are truly ready for the “first job”. We elaborate more on the Multi‐Engine Instrument Rating here click.
- Private Pilot Licence
- 18 Years of age.
- Class 1 medical. Obtained from a Aviation medical examiner.
- There are no special educational requirements other than a working knowledge of English or French.
- A minimum of 200 hours total flight time and 100 hours Pilot in Command time including 20 hours X-Country.
- All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot course.
- Time Building may be required to reach the required time: See the Time Building page
The Commercial course consists of 65 hours of flight training and 40 hours of ground school. The break-down includes a Night Endorsement and VFR-over-the-Top.
- 35 hours of dual instruction:
- 10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 5 hours of X-Country
- 20 hours of instrument time.
- 5 hours dual night
- 30 hours of solo flight time
- 25 hours of general practice, including airwork, and radio communication
- 5 hours solo night
- Straight line cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
- A minimum of 80 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
- A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required
How fast can I get it done?
Training is at the student’s pace and convenience. The course will take 10 weeks if full time, 5 months if part time (3 lessons a week)
What is the Cost?
Scroll down for minimum requirements and cost estimates for obtaining a Commercial Pilots License with Professional Flight Centre.
NOTE: All prices are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD). For conversion rates to your local currency click here.
Transport Canada Required Minimums for Commercial Pilot License:
|C152 Dual Training – 25 hours @ $160.00 per hour||$4000.00|
|C172 Dual Training – 10 hours @ $180.00 per hour||$1800.00|
|C152 Solo Training – 55 hours @ $110.00 per hour||$6050.00|
|C172 Solo Training – 20 hours @ $130.00 per hour||$2600.00|
|Ground Briefing - 15 hours @ $50.00 per hour||$750.00|
|3 Day CPL Written Seminar||$450.00|
|VFR Course Manual||$85.00|
|Total Fees to Professional Flight Centre ($CAD):||$15735.00|
|Transport Canada CPL Written Exam Fee||$105.00|
|Transport Canada Licensing Fee||$80.00|
|Total Incidental Fees ($CAD):||$185.00|
|Total Commercial Pilot License Cost Estimate ($CAD):||$15920.00|
NOTE: These prices do not include applicable taxes & fuel surcharges.
All prices are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD). For conversion rates to your local currency click here.