Commercial Pilot Licence

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A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is required in Canada to be hired as a professional pilot. You must also have a CPL to be able to charge passengers or customers for your service.

A minimum of 200 hours of flight training must be obtained, of which at least 35 hours must be dual after obtaining your PPL.

A minimum of 100 hours of your total time must be as Pilot-in-Command (including PPL). But keep in mind that you must have your Private Pilot Licence before you can start your flight training for your CPL. This is why the time taken to acquire your PPL does count towards the 200 total flight hours for the Commercial Licence.

Requirements and Privileges

In order to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence you will have to:

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Hold a valid Class 1 Medical Certificate

  • Complete a minimum of 80 hours of ground school

  • A minimum of 200 hours of flight training (additional requirements for X-country, solo, instrument, etc. applied)

As a Commercial Pilot, you will be legally able to work as a pilot, and as such you will be able to fly multiple passengers even outside of Canada.

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