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Commercial Pilot License

You are about to commence your final training towards a Commercial Pilot License. This license will allow you to work for hire as a commercial pilot, within the constraints established by the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

The training you will receive is structured to meet a Transport Canada approved syllabus to provide you with all the essential knowledge and skills you will require to earn your Commercial Pilot License.


This information package is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of the training you will receive and how it will be conducted. Included in this package are the following:

  1. Transport Canada Requirements for Pilot Permits and Licenses
  2. Outline of Ground Training Instruction
  3. Outline of Flight Instruction
  4. Summary of typical costs to obtain a Commercial Pilot License

Should you elect to enroll in the CPL Course; the following information will also be provided to you:

  1. Copy of Ground Training Schedule
  2. Copy of Company Standard Safety Precautions
  3. Copy of Transport Canada CPL Study and Reference Guide
  4. Copy of Transport Canada CPL Flight Test Standard
  5. Other Study and Reference Materials as required

Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other course offered by Sealand Flight, please feel free to inquire with any of our staff or instructors. We would be most pleased to help you.

License Requirements

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

The Commercial Pilot License is the first license level in Canada where you may work for hire, subject to the provisions and limitations of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. A CPL is recognized internationally and trans-border flights are authorized. With additional training, the holder of a CPL may also obtain addition ratings including a multi-engine rating, instrument rating, and aircraft type ratings. Unless specifically prohibited on the license document, the holder of a CPL may also exercise the privileges of a Night Rating and a VFR Over the Top Rating. At any time, the holder of a Commercial Pilot License may exercise all privileges accorded to the holder of a Private Pilot License.

Following the issuance of a Private Pilot License, the Transport Canada requirements for the issue of a Commercial Pilot License are as follows:

Age
Medical
Knowledge
Skill
Experience
Commercial Course Requirements (After issuance of PPL)

Commercial Pilot License – Ground Training Instruction

Transport Canada requires that all applicants for a Commercial Pilot License complete a Commercial Pilot Ground Training of not less than 80 hours of instruction. The Commercial Pilot Ground Training offered by Sealand Aviation is taught by experienced, Transport Canada licensed instructors and provides 103 hours of ground instruction covering all required subject areas. A detailed list of these requirements is provided by the Transport Canada Study and Reference Guide. Key subject areas that will be covered during the Ground Training include:

  • Air Regulations
  • Commercial Air Operations
  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Aeromedicine and Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making

The Commercial Pilot Ground Training Course offered by Sealand Aviation has been designed to merge with the Private Pilot Ground Training Course. This approach offers some distinct advantages over offering a dedicated course for a limited number of CPL candidates:

  • reduced cost to the CPL candidate (based on per-capita seating)
  • ease of scheduling and increased frequency of ground training serials
  • ability of CPL candidates to offer experiences and assistance to PPL candidates
  • ensures that CPL candidates who are not current/recent in terms of ground training instruction are provided with a solid knowledge base from which to prepare for the CPL written examination and flight test.

Commercial License candidates will be assessed for depth and currency of knowledge. On the basis of this assessment, the student will be directed to attend specific lectures from the Private Pilot Ground Training Syllabus and/or to undertake supervised self-study of specific subject areas. Additional material unique to the CPL is taught through a series of Commercial Difference Classes that are added to the schedule for those students pursuing the Commercial Pilot License.

Commercial Pilot License – Flight Instruction

A Licensed Flight Instructor will provide all of your flight instruction. This instruction will follow a Transport Canada approved syllabus that is broken into 4 Phases and 31 individual Lesson Plans. The structure of these lesson plans is designed to take you from the basic skills you have developed as a licensed Private Pilot, refine these skills, and develop additional skills that you will require as a Commercial Pilot.

There will be several key milestones in the earning of your Commercial Pilot License:

Completion of PPL
Solo Skills Development
Flight Test and Licensing