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Single Engine Commercial Pilot Training and Test Preparation

Single Engine Commercial Pilot Training and Test PreparationFlying the plane is the passion for many; that is why Private Pilot License is the most popular license. PPL holders enjoy he freedom to take-off and fly alone or with friends at any time, to any destination. If flying is not just your hobby and you wish to make a career as a pilot, CPL (Commercial Pilot License) is the next license on your list.

Having a Commercial Pilot License (CPL (A)) allows flying for compensation. What can you do with CPL? Below are some of the examples on how a pilot with CPL can get hired:

  1. By flying tourists for the sightseeing tours over the city;
  2. By flying parachutists for their adventures;
  3. By flight instructing and sharing your knowledge with others;
  4. By starting to gain some money uprightly after completion of your studies;
  5. By opening your own small business providing commercial air transportation services with single-pilot single-engine or multi-engine aircrafts (such as Cessna, Piper, etc);
CPL Privileges:
  • Exercise all the privileges of the holder of a PPL(A) / PPL(H);
  • Act as co-pilot (First Officer) in commercial air transportation
  • Act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any airplane (CPL(A) / helicopter (CPL(H)) engaged in operations other than commercial air transportation.
  • Act as pilot-in-command in commercial air transportation of any single-pilot airplane / helicopter
FAR 61.123 CPL Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pass the practical test.
Ground Training for CPL

Ground training is part of all flight training for any license. As a student pilot, you will cover the following subjects in your preparation for CPL.

  • Air law and ATC procedures
  • Airframes & systems, electrics, power plant, emergency equipment
  • Instrumentation
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning & monitoring
  • Human performance & limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Communications
CPL Flight Training Goals

At the end of flight training, the trainee must have a minimum of 200 total flight hours (including PPL(A)/(H) time):

  • 100 hours as pilot-in-command
  • 20 hours of VFR cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a cross-country flight totaling at least 540 km (300 NM) in the course of with full-stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodromes of departure
  • 10 hours of instrument training
  • 5 hours of night flying including one cross-country flight and 5 solo take-offs and 5 landings
  • 5 hours on a complex airplane
Examination – Theoretical

An applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a CPL(A)/(H) in accordance with the requirements in JAR–FCL 1 (Airplane) Subpart J.

Examination – Practical

The practical skill exam in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests.
The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:

  • Operate the airplane within its limitations
  • Complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as requested by JAA
  • Exercise good judgment and airmanship
  • Apply aeronautical knowledge
  • Maintain control of the airplane at all times.
Commercial Pilot Practical Test

Preflight Preparation: Certificates and documents, airworthiness requirements, weather information, cross country flight planning, national airspace system, performance and limitations (of airplane used for flight test), operations and systems, aeromedical factors.
Preflight Procedures: Preflight inspection, cockpit management, engine starting, taxiing, before takeoff check.
Airport Operations: Radio communications and ATC Light Signals, traffic patterns, airport runway and taxiway signs, markings and lighting.
Takeoffs, Landings and Go-arounds: Normal and crosswind takeoff and climb, normal and crosswind approach and landing, soft field takeoff and climb, soft field approach and landing, short field takeoff and maximum performance climb, short field approach and landing, power off 180º accuracy approach and landing, go-around/rejected landing.
Performance Maneuvers: Steep turns, steep spiral, chandelles, lazy eights.
Ground Reference Maneuver: Eights on pylons.
Navigation: Pilotage and dead reckoning, navigation systems and radar services, diversion, lost procedures.
Slow Flight and Stalls: Maneuvering during slow flight, power-off stalls, power-on stalls, spin awareness.
Emergency Operations: Emergency approach and landing (simulated), systems and equipment malfunctions, emergency equipment and survival gear.
High Altitude Operations: Supplemental oxygen, pressurization.
Post-flight Procedures: After landing, parking and securing.

Single Engine Rating:
  • If you are applying for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and single engine class rating, you must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot (of which 50 hours, or in accordance with FAA Part 142, a maximum of 100 hours may have been accomplished in an approved flight simulator or approved flight training device that represents a single engine airplane) that consists of at least:
  • 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.
  • 100 hours of pilot in command flight time, which includes at least 50 hours in airplanes and 50 hours in cross-country flight in airplanes.
  • 20 hours of training on the areas of operation as listed for this rating, that includes at least 10 hours of instrument training, of which at least 5 hours must be in a single engine airplane, 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered, one cross- country flight of at least 2 hours in a single engine airplane in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure, one cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a single engine airplane in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
  • 10 hours of solo flight in a single engine airplane, including one cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance and as specified, and 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
Pilot Training Program With Aviator Flight Training Academy 259 Flight Hours

Aviator Flight Training Academy offers professional pilot training programs with a minimum of 200 hours of multi-engine time. The flight school has a state of the art 37,000 square foot facility, featuring a CRJ Level 5 Flight Training Device (Simulator), large classrooms and individual briefing rooms.

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