Commercial Pilot Licence

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a pilot, then the Commercial Pilot’s Licence is your first step. As a holder of the licence, you will be able to earn a salary as a pilot through a wide variety of career opportunities.

Algoa Flight Centre offers pilot training courses that will help you achieve this goal.

H2: Requirements for a Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)

To be issued your Commercial Pilot Licence you must:

  • be 18 years or older
  • hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate
  • hold at least a valid general certificate of proficiency in Radiotelephony (aeronautical)
  • hold a valid Night Rating.
  • complete the Instrument Rating for Commercial Pilot Licence Instrument Flight Rules (CPL IFR)

Ground School

The following CAA exams must passed with a minimum mark of 75%

CPL Visual Flight Rules (VFR):

  • Aviation Meteorology;
  • Flight Performance and Planning;
  • Radio Aids and Communication;
  • General Navigation;
  • Instruments and Electronics;
  • Aircraft Technical and General;
  • Human Performance and Limitations;
  • Air Law.

CPL Instrument Flight Rules IFR:

  • Aviation Meteorology;
  • Flight Performance and Planning;
  • Radio Aids and Communication;
  • General Navigation;
  • Instruments and Electronics;
  • Aircraft Technical and General;
  • Human Performance and Limitations;
  • Air Law and Operational Procedures.

Flight Training

  • There is a minimum of 200 hours of flight time required for a Commercial Pilot Licence which may include 20 hours of flight instruction time in our FNPT II simulator.
  • The total of 200 hours must include :
    • 100 hours as pilot-in-command
    • 20 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including one flight of not less than 300 nautical miles (NM), in the course of which full-stop landings at not less than two different aerodromes away from base must have been made. If an instrument rating is to be included then 50 hours of cross country time is required.
    • 5 hours of night flying as pilot-in-command, including not less than 10 take-offs and 10 landings by night, and a cross-country flight of at least three legs, each of a minimum length of 50 NM
    • 20 hours of instrument instruction time, of which not more than 10 hours may have been acquired in a flight simulation training device; and
    • at least 5 hours instruction in an aeroplane with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller or turbojet engine.