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The aim of the course is to develop the candidate’s flying skills in single and multi engine piston aircraft including the operation of variable pitch propellers and retractable landing gear, and to teach the skills necessary for the safe and competent operation of such aircraft, and to act as PIC on a commercial air transport flight. 


Before being permitted to begin the approved course of training the candidate shall have the appropriate pre-course entry requirements as detailed below:

  1. Hold a PPL (A) issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago Convention;

  2. Have completed 150 hours flight time;

  3. Have completed 70 hours PIC on aeroplanes;

  4. Passed the theoretical knowledge examinations appropriate to the privileges of the holder of a CPL (A) in accordance with the requirements in Part FCL;

  5. Hold a night rating aeroplane;

  6. Hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate.

Note: Refer to CAP 804 and Part FCL for credits. 

Pre-licence requirements:

Before taking the EASA FCL CPL (A) Skills test, you must have: Completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which not less than 100 hours shall be Pilot in Command, of which at least 20 hours must be cross-country, including a cross country flight of at least 300nm including full stop landings at two aerodromes. We therefore recommend you don't start the course until you have 175 hours.


The training shall comprise 25 hours of flight instruction including 10 hours of instrument instruction and at least 5 hours instruction in an aeroplane certified for the carriage of at least 4 persons and having a variable pitch propeller and retractable landing gear (Complex Type).

The training will consist of 18 hours of flight instruction on a Cessna 172 and 7 hours of the flight instruction on a DA42. Included in this course is 10 hours of instrument instruction. In addition, 7 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction in multi-engine operation shall be completed if a MEP rating is not already held. There is also a requirement to successfully complete the multi-engine piston (land) class rating written paper which has a pass mark of 75% if not already completed before. 

On completion of this training, the HT shall certify that the candidate has completed the course satisfactorily. The flying completed on the course maybe counted towards the flying experience requirements for licence issue. The duration of the course will be approximately 3-5 weeks. 

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