Training – Commercial Pilot Licence Course

In order to be paid to fly, a pilot must hold a Commercial Pilot Licence. Before qualifying for Commercial Pilot Licence training, a candidate must first obtain a Private Pilot Licence.

Commercial Pilot Licence basic requirements:

  • a Private Pilot Licence with a minimum 100 hours of pilot-in-command time and a total of 200 hours logged flight time (which may include accumulated Private Pilot training flight time).
  • an additional minimum 65 hours of CPL flight instruction – 35 hours dual and 30 hours solo. This is in addition to any accumulated PPL flight time. The remainder of the required flight time can be made up as either dual or solo time as required.
  • 80 hours of CPL Ground School
  • a Transport Canada CPL written exam to be completed prior to the CPL flight test.

Admission Requirements: Age 18 or Grade 12, Category 1 Medical, Private Pilot Licence, Valid Membership Application on file with Club, Approval of the Executive Director Flight Operations, PTIB Contract signed.

Estimated Costs (based on a C-152)

35 Hours dual instruction@ $229/hour$8,015
30 Hours solo instruction@ $145/hour$4,350
5 Hours Ground briefing@ $72/hour$360
Ground School$499

Additional Flight Time (time building to reach 200 hours total time)

80 Hours solo flight time@ $145/hour$11,600

Incidental Costs

Books & Supplies$150
Medical (Cat.1, ECG, X-Ray, Audiogram) & LVC Fees$250
Flight Test$475
Licence Processing Fees & Transport Canada Written Fees$420
PFC Yearly Membership$195
Total Incidental Costs$1,490

Total Commercial Pilot Licence Estimated Costs

Total Estimated Costs$26,314

Note: The breakdown of costs is based on the average CPL student completing his PPL in the average time. Buildup time required is dependent on hours currently accumulated. Additional books to prepare for the written examination could add $200 to the costs.

As required this program is approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).  For PFC Policies and Course outlines for approved programs, click here.

Fuel surcharges will apply where fuel exceeds the base rate at ZBB. Prices subject to change and tax is applied where applicable.(Effective September 16, 2020)

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Minimum requirements for admission:

  1. 18 years old or Grade 12 equivalent
  2. PPL Licence
  3. Valid Class 1 Aviation Medical

Download, complete and submit the following forms:

Important information:

  1. You will be required to include copies of the following documents when completing the PTIB Long Contract form:
    • First page of temporary Licence/Aviation Document Booklet
    • A copy of the relevant Licence/Rating for program
    • A copy of your Aviation Medical
  2. Waitlist: Pacific Flying Club currently has a waitlist for flight training. Please fill out the waitlist application form; once a spot becomes available you will be contacted by an instructor to begin training in the aircraft.

    Questions regarding the Waitlist can be directed to