Commercial Pilot License

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Commercial Pilot License

A minimum of 200 hours of flight training must be obtained, of which at least

35 hours must be dual after obtaining your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Included in this:

  • 5 hours must be dual night of which a minimum of 2 must be cross-country.
  • You will also need to accumulate 5 hours more X-country time and
  • At least 20 hours instrument post PPL (maximum of 10 hours can be done in the simulator). You will also require 30 hours solo after obtaining your PPL.
  • 25 hours solo flight time
  • 5 hours solo at night and
  • a 300 NM solo cross-country
  • For the 300 NM cross country, the distance must be straight line, and a minimum of 3 airports other than the departure airport (CNF4) must be reached.
  • Furthermore, a minimum of 100 hours of your total time must be as Pilot-in-Command (including PPL).

NOTE: you must have your Private Pilot Licence before you can start your flight training for your Commercial Pilot Licence. For this reason, the time taken to acquire your Private Licence does count towards the 200 total flight hours for the Commercial Licence.

Ground School & Examinations

A minimum of 80 hours of ground school is necessary for the Commercial Pilot Licence. Topics that are to be covered include Air Law, Navigation, Meteorology, and Aeronautics – General Knowledge. Our online ground school will aid you in preparing for and passing the Transport Canada Written Exam. A flight test must also be completed by an approved Transport Canada Inspector or a Pilot Examiner.


Benefits of Doing Ground School Online


  • Self-Paced Learning: Students can learn at their own pace, allowing for better understanding and retention of information.
  • Accessibility: Online courses are available 24/7, allowing students to access materials whenever it suits their schedule.

Real-Time Progress Tracking:

  • Data Analytics: Flight schools can use analytics tools to track students’ progress, identify areas of improvement, and provide targeted support.
  • Instant Feedback: Online platforms enable quick feedback on assessments, helping students understand their strengths and weaknesses
  • 24/7 Access to Resources: Students can access a wealth of resources, including textbooks, videos, and articles, contributing to a more comprehensive learning experience.
  • Consistent Material: Ensures that all students receive the same information consistently.

Time and Energy Savings:

  • No Commute Time: Students save time and energy by not having to commute to a physical location.
  • Reduced Interruptions: Learning can occur in a focused environment, potentially leading to better concentration and understanding.

Help with meeting tax credits of 12 hours of minimum training per month. Students must meet 12 hours of training per month in order to be eligible for a tax receipt for that given month. Ground school taken at another institute will not be taken into account for purposes of these calculations.

– Recommend letters will only be issued by CF instructors once you met the necessary passing requirements and only IF you have attended ground school provided by CF.

Requirements and Privileges

The holder of a Commercial Pilot Licence must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Category I medical. This will include completing an electrocardiogram (ECG). As a Commercial Pilot Licence holder, you will be legally able to work as a pilot, and as such you will be able to fly multiple passengers even outside of Canada. If you choose you will have the option to obtain additional ratings.