Holders of a CPL can, on the appropriate aircraft category:

  • exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL
  • act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot of any aircraft operations other than commercial air transport
  • act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aircraft subject to some restrictions
  • act as co-pilot in commercial air transport subject to some restrictions

A CPL is the first step towards a career as a commercial pilot, but it can also be a step towards higher levels of instructing. Flying instructors must hold theory exam passes to teach PPL courses, and many decide that the extra flying on top will improve skills as well as allow teaching towards a CPL.

Please note that whilst some training is undertaken on the DA40, we do not offer a single engine CPL and the skills test will be undertaken in the twin engine DA42.


Pre course entry requirements:

ICAO PPL (A) with night rating

150 hours flight time

Valid medical

18 years old

Completed set of CPL or ATPL theory exams

PIC requirements for licence issue as set out in ‘requirements before skills test’ below

MEP rating or course completion certificate for the MEP course if combining the class rating test with the CPL skills test


Flying training

25 hours of dual flight instruction, including 10 hours of instrument instruction and 15 hours of visual flight instruction. Five hours of the instrument instruction can be taken in a simulator

At least five hours of the flight instruction must be completed in a 4-seat aeroplane with a variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear. This will be undertaken in the DA42NG. The flying is structured as follows:

  • 15 hours DA40NG aircraft
  • 5 hours DA42NG simulator
  • 5 hours DA42 aircraft


Requirements before skills test:

200 hours flight time, including:

Pilot in Command (PIC): 100 hours as PIC, of which 20 hours of cross-country flight as PIC, which shall include a VFR cross-country flight of at least 540km (300 NM), in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure must be made.

Instrument: 10 hours of instrument flight instruction, of which up to 5 hours may be instrument ground time in an FNPT I, or FNPT II, or FFS. If you hold a course completion certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module you will be credited with up to 10 hours towards the required instrument instruction time. (This requirement will be met by the CPL course. Holders of an IR(A) are exempt from this requirement)


Requirements before licence issue:

As above plus Class 1 medical



  • 15 hours DA40NG aircraft
  • 5 hours DA42NG simulator
  • 5 hours DA42NG aircraft
  • VAT @ 20%
  • All flying and ground briefings



  • Landing fees
  • Approach fees
  • Aircraft hire (DA42) for test
  • Examiner fee for test
  • Licence issue fee
  • Any hours over the course minimums set out above