The Commercial Pilots Licence CPL


All inclusive 25 hour course £8,915 – 15 hours in  PA28, 10 hours in a complex.

All inclusive 15 hour course £5,950 – 10 hours in PA28, 5 hours in a complex.

We offer flexible full or part time modular training designed around your needs, not ours at competitive rates. This is aimed at those wanting to fly professionally but we have many students choosing to improve their personal flying by obtaining a CPL. This training  can also  be done in your own aircraft.

We have many commercial instructors ranging from fighter pilots to airline captains and will match you with your ideal fit.

We offer fully inclusive packages for CPL, Multi and IR training tailored to your requirements and experience.

The Commercial Pilots Licence is a professional licence allowing the holder the privilege of flying for remuneration, carrying passengers, freight or carrying out other aerial work.

The aim of the course

The aim of this course is to train PPL(A) holders to the level of proficiency necessary for the issue of a CPL(A). This course is designed for applicants who do not wish to undertake a full time course of integrated training or who wish to stagger their training by completing approved 'modules' of approved training over a period of time.

The holder of a CPL(A) may:

  • Exercise all the privileges of the holder of an LAPL(A) and a PPL(A)
  • Act as PIC or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in operations other than commercial air transport
  • Act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aeroplane
  • Act as co-pilot in commercial air transport (airlines)

There are certain pre-requisites. Before training can commence the applicant must have:

  • A PPL(A)
  • 150 hours total flying
  • Have an MEP rating if the course is to be conducted in an MEP

The course consists of a minimum of 25 hours of flying training – 30 hours for applicants without a Night Flying (Aeroplane) qualification. The flying training may be reduced by 10 hours for holders of valid Instrument Ratings or of a Course Completion Certificate for the Basic Instrument Flight Module.

An applicant for a CPL(A) shall hold a valid Class 1 Medical Certificate. Applicants are strongly advised to ensure that they meet the appropriate medical standard before embarking on a course of training.

An applicant for a CPL(A) must have completed a minimum 200 hours as Pilot of aeroplanes including

  • Pilot-in-Command (PIC) - 100 hours including
  • 20 hours minimum cross country which must include: a cross-country flight of at least 540km (300 nm) in the course of which full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure shall be made.
  • Night rating or the same amount of training
  • Instrument instruction – 10 hours minimum which can include: Instrument Ground Time (in a FNPT I or II or a Flight Simulator) 5 hours (max).

Training will consist of 25 hours dual flight instruction including: 10 hours of instrument instruction unless the holder has the BIFM or an IR. At least 5 hours of the flight instruction shall be carried out in a complex aeroplane (certificated for the carriage of at least four persons and have a variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear). Our courses comprise 10 hours in a complex.

Flying completed on the course may be counted towards meeting the flying experience requirements for licence issue.

Applicants without a night flying qualification shall be given 5 hours night flight instruction.

At Blackbushe Aviation the basic aircraft training is conducted in a PA28.

The 10 hours complex aircraft training will be carried out in the TB20 or Piper Arrow.

The flight training includes comprehensive pre-flight briefings.

Licences and ratings

People think it would be fun to be a bird because you could fly. But they forget the negative side, which is the preening.

Jack Handey