EASA Commercial Pilot Licence

The EASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) raises the proficiency of your flying

and introduces you to more complex aircraft.

The aim of the EASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) course is to raise the proficiency of your flying to a commercial standard. Initial training will improve your general handling skills and the course then moves on to cover cross-country navigation, emergency and abnormal procedures.

The CPL course is usually a 25 hour course (**see note below) based on 20 hours tuition in a ‘simple’ aircraft and 5 hours in a ‘complex’ aircraft i.e. one with retractable undercarriage and constant speed propellor.

Those students who have already completed their IR training and who can produce an approved course completion certificate can choose to take a shorter course with a 15 hour course (**see note below) based on 10 hours tuition in a ‘simple’ aircraft and 5 hours in a ‘complex’ aircraft.


At Westair we use the following aircraft for our CPL Training

  • A Piper Warrior PA28 (G-BORL) for the ‘simple’ aircraft element of the course

and we offer a choice of two complex aircraft for that element of the course.

  • A Piper Arrow II PA28R;  it has a traditional cockpit layout with analogue equipment. It is 8.33 radio compliant and has a Garmin GNS430 and Narco nav/com avionics.


  • A Piper Saratoga PA32; a larger, faster aircraft and has a full Avidyne glass cockpit with twin Garmin GNS430 nav com avionics.


Piper Saratoga PA32 outside Westair Hangar 8
Piper Saratoga PA32, outside Westair hangar 8

The costs of the course naturally reflects the aircraft used. The Saratoga is a more expensive aircraft to operate hence an increased hourly rate but some pilots find the additional experience of flying such an aircraft more than makes up for this cost.

**Please note that the training hours detailed above are course minimums and you may need more hours training to meet the demanding standards of a CPL test. Extra flight training hours can be purchased on a pay as you go basis if required as detailed below. Training full time, the CPL course takes between 3 and 4 weeks subject to weather conditions but we are extremely flexible and can arrange the training to meet your needs.


EASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – pre-course requirements

  • Hold a valid PPL(A)
  • EASA Class 1 medical (before licence issue)
  • 150 hours total (200 required before licence issue)
  • 100 hours pilot in command
  • Completed 20 hours cross-country flying as pilot in command
  • Passed CPL/ATPL Theoretical Knowledge Examinations
  • Completed a cross country flight of 300nm/540km with 2 landings away from the point of departure.
  • Minimum age for licence issue: 18 years


EASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – Packages

For full details and costs of the different options please click here – CPL Package Costs

What’s not included

  • Class 1 Medical examination fee
  • Hire of Piper Arrow II PA28R for Skill Test
  • CPL Skill Test fee
  • Licence application fee

Other Information

  • 25 hours is the minimum CPL training requirement. Any additional hours or landings will be charged at our current rates.
  • If you wish to pay for your CPL training over several payments, please contact the office to discuss instalment terms.


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