If you're working towards a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) you will need to have the required number of hours and ensure these are logged correctly in your logbook before you can get your licence issued.
In this guide, we take you through the requirements for obtaining a CPL and how to log these flying hours to get your licence and includes information on hours requirements for both Modular and Integrated students.
Remember, the aviation authorities retain the right to request a pilot's original logbook at any time.
Requirements - Modular
Ultimately to be issued with a CPL you need to pass a CPL skills test. But before you get there, you will need to complete and log the following flight hours:
Cross country flight time is defined as “A flight between a point of departure and a point of arrival following a pre–planned route, using standard navigation procedures”. A cross country flight is a flight that is at least 150NM and includes two full stop landings at aerodromes other than the departure aerodrome.
Requirements - Integrated
If you are an Integrated student, you will will need to complete and log the following flight hours before attempting your CPL skills test.
How to log your flight time
Once you have completed your skills test, your logbook (or a certified copy) will have to be sent to the authorities, who will issue your CPL. In this guide, we show you how to log your flight time using images from our EASA compliant Personalised Pilot Logbook.
Our left hand logging page are simple and easy to use (pictured below). On these pages you simply need to decide which format you are going to use to log your flight time. The most commonly used formats are either 1:30 (for 1 hours and 30 minutes) or simply 1.5 (for most people this makes total hours calculations easier).
It is on this page that you would log your five required night take offs and landings.
We recommend you use our ‘Remarks’ column on the far right page to detail your CPL training syllabus. E.g. Label first circuits lesson as ‘circuits’, stall recovery practice as ‘stall recoveries’ etc.
1) Logging your dual instruction time:
Log your dual instruction time in one of the dual columns. You must first decide whether it is a day or night flight and must log for the appropriate aeroplane (Single Engine or Multi Engine). You must log at least three hours night dual flying to obtain your CPL.
2) Logging your solo time:
Log your solo time into one of the PIC columns. Decide whether you are doing day or night hours and choose the appropriate aeroplane type
3) Logging your cross country time:
Cross Country time should be logged under the ‘PIC Nav’. This will be logged alongside your PIC or Dual hours. We recommend detailing the route you flew for your cross country hours in the ‘Remarks’ column.
4) Logging Simulator (FSTD) hours (if applicable):
Some of your required flight time can be completed in a FSTD (see above), this can be beneficial as it may reduce the cost of your flight training. All Aileron Logbooks have a specific section for logging FSTD time in the back. Remember to log details of the lesson in the Remarks column and obtain the FSTD qualification number.
5) After your flight test:
After your flight test you should have the flight countersigned by your examiner and send either your logbook or a certified copy off to the CAA with your licence application. Visit the CAA website here for more guidance on this.
Your CPL will allow you to fly commercially in the aircraft class/type you are rated on.
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