The JAR Commercial Pilot's Licence (CPL) Course with a JAA Instrument Rating (IR) provides the training required to meet the level of proficiency necessary to operate single-pilot multi-engine aeroplanes and to obtain the JAR CPL/IR.
- Hold a PPL (A) issued in accordance with ICAO Annex 1
- Completed 5 hours night flight time
- Completed 150 hours total flight time (200 hours is required for licence issue, 100 must be P1)
- Completed 20 hours cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command
- The cross-country flight time must include a qualifying 540 km cross-country flight
- Hold a valid JAR first class medical certificate
- Passed a course of theoretical instruction as set out in the JAR-FCL
- The minimum age for issue of a CPL licence is 18
Initial training raises the proficiency of the student in general handling and flight in the airfield circuit to a commercial standard. This training is conducted in a Piper Warrior.
The next section covers IMC training during which the student will learn to fly solely by the use of instruments, to navigate using radio aids, and to an instrument pattern. This training is conducted in an AL200 flight simulator and a Piper Warrior. This section of the course is not required for holders of a valid Instrument Rating.
Following this the training focuses on cross-country flight, which includes VFR and IFR en-route procedures, diversion procedures, and abnormal and emergency operations. The training is again in the Piper Warrior.
The final section consists of preparation and a formal skill test rehearsal (a 170A test) in a Piper Warrior.
This training comprises:
- 10 hours minimum of dual instruction in the Warrior
- 5 hours minimum of dual instruction in the Arrow
- 2 hours minimum for the skill test in the Arrow
In addition for students without a valid Instrument Rating a further 10 hours IFR training is required:
- 5 hours minimum of dual instruction in the Warrior
- a further 5 hours of dual instruction in an AL200 flight simulator
On completion of the training and the skill test the graduate may apply for a JAA CPL licence upon attaining 200 hours total time and have a minimum of 25 hours of extra credited flight experience. If an Instrument Rating is already held, on completion of the training and the skill test, the graduate may apply for a JAA CPL/IR licence and will have a minimum of 15 hours of extra credited flight experience.
Training is full-time or part-time, the full-time course lasting between 3 and 6 weeks dependent on weather conditions.
- For pilots without an IR Option One & Two: £6,040
- For Pilots with an IR Option One £3,970