Commercial Pilot Preparation Course


The Commercial Pilot Preparation Course offers aspiring commercial pilots the opportunity to carry all the required foundation training at one airfield in a consolidated period of time, for one price.


This full-time course will take the aspiring pilot from having never flown an aircraft before, to the point where they will be ready to start their Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) Theory exams and Commercial Pilot License (CPL). The course comprises of the following:

  • Privates Pilot License (PPL)
  • Night Rating (NR)
  • Instrument Rating Restricted (IR(R))
  • Hour Building


The Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

PPL training requires a minimum of 45 hours flying time including ten hours of solo flight. This ends with a test with an examiner where you will need to prove your general handling, navigation and emergency handling skills.

Training is typically done in a Cessna 152, a small 2-seater training aircraft. You will have the option to upgrade to train in a larger 4-seater aircraft if preferred.



45 hours is the minimum hours the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) require, but you should be aware that more training time may be required to achieve test standards, and this is determined by your own abilities.

  • Minimum 25 hours dual instruction
  • Minimum 10 hours supervised solo, including:
  • Minimum 5 hours solo navigation including a solo qualifying cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles, landing at 2 intermediate airfields


Full time tuition is provided by our instructor staff to get you through the exams in an accelerated period. The exams are taken on the CAA online portal and require a minimum pass mark of 75%. There are 9 exams which cover of the following subjects:

  • Air law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications
  • Operational Procedures




Night Rating

Once the PPL has been completed, the next stage will be to add a Night Rating on to the Licence. This is a minimum  5-hour course which comprises of the following:

  • Theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 5 hours flight time in aircraft at night including,
  • 3 hours dual instruction
  • 1 hour of cross-country navigation (27 nm)
  • 5 solo take offs and full stop landings


This course contains no theoretical exam or flight test.


Instrument Rating Restricted

The IR(R) is a minimum 15-hour course allowing the applicant to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). We have included this in the Pre-Commercial Pilots License Course as the hours attained in this course will count towards the Competency Based Instrument Rating later in the training.

Training for the IR(R) will consist of

  • 15 hours flying
  • Minimum 10 hours with sole reference to instruments
  • Written examination
  • Flight skills test



Hour Building

To apply for a Commercial Pilots License, the applicant must have 200 hours of total flight time, of which 100 hours must be logged as Pilot in Command (P1).

Although you can start training for your CPL at 175 hours, the applicant must have still logged the 100 hours P1. Up to this point, if starting from 0 hours the applicant may have as few as 70 hours total flight time.

Another 110hours of flight time will need to be logged. During this course 73 hours shall be carried solo, and 37 hours shall be carried out with an instructor to ensure high standards of flying are being maintained.



All together these different courses make up the Pre-Commercial Pilots License Course. The next step from here would be to carry out your ATPL Theory Exams, before undertaking further training for Multi Engine Instrument Training and Commercial Pilots License.


In this course the following fees are included:

  • Privates Pilots License
  • Night Rating
  • Instrument Rating Restricted
  • Hour Building
  • 6 Months membership
  • All equipment required to complete the course
  • Examination fees – Theory and practical
  • Landing fees at other airfields


The following items are not included in the cost of the course:

  • Headset
  • Medical Certificate
  • Accommodation
  • CAA license issuing fees


For the total price of this course £31,002

Where minimum flight times are quoted, additional flying will charged at the current dual flying rate of £199 per hour.


All prices are correct as of 1st March 2023. However, prices may change due to changes in fuel costs.