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CPL (COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE)

Section J of Schedule II of the Aircraft Rules lays down the requirements a candidate must meet in order to be eligible for issue of a Commercial Pilot License which are as follows: Requirements for issue of Licence– An applicant for a Commercial Pilot´s Licence shall satisfy the following requirements:–

(a) Age– He shall be not less than Eighteen years of age for the issue of CPL.

(b) Educational Qualification– You shall have passed Class Ten plus Two or an equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics, from a recognized Board/University.

(c) Medical Fitness: You shall have to undergo a Class I medical at a DGCA approved facility and establish your fitness. Although you may start your flying training with a Class II medical but before submission of your documents for issue of CPL you must obtain a Class I medical.

(d) Knowledge– You shall have to pass written examination in Air Regulations, Air Navigation Meteorology, Aircraft Technical General, Technical Specific ( For the type of aeroplane intended to be flown) and Signals (practical) examination for interpretation of aural and visual signals, as per the syllabus prescribed by the Director-General.

Experience– You shall have received flying training on an aeroplane at a DGCA approved flying training academy, within a period of five years immediately preceding the date of application for issue licence not less than two hundred hours of flight time, which shall include–

(i) not less than one hundred hours of flight time as Pilot-in- Command of which not less than fifteen hours shall have been completed within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application for issue of licence;

(ii) not less than twenty hours of cross-country flight time as Pilot- in-Command including a cross-country flight of not less than three hundred nautical miles in the course of which full stop landings at two different aerodromes shall be made;

(iii) not less than ten hours of instrument time of which not more than five hours may be on an approved simulator;

(iv) not less than five hours of flight time by night including a minimum of ten take-offs and ten landings as Pilot-in-Command as (sole manipulator of controls) carried out within six months immediately preceding the date of application for licence.

Other Requirements– You shall be in possession of a current Flight Radio Telephone Operator´s Licence for operation of radio telephone apparatus on board an aircraft issued by the Director-General.

(h) Skill– You shall have to demonstrate competency to perform the procedures and manoeuvres prescribed in the syllabus to the satisfaction of an examiner, on the type of aeroplane to which the application for licence relates, within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of application.

The competency shall be demonstrated as in –

(i) general flying test by day;

(ii) general flying test by night;

(iii) a cross-country flight test by day consisting of a flight of not less than two hundred fifty nautical miles in the course of which at least one full stop landing at an aerodrome other than the aerodrome of departure shall be made; and

(iv) a cross-country flying test by night consisting of a flight of not less than one hundred twenty nautical miles returning to the place of departure without landing elsewhere.

Privileges– Subject to the validity of endorsements and ratings in the licence and compliance with the relevant provisions of Rule 39B, Rule 39C and Rule 42 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, the privileges of the holder of a Commercial Pilot´s Licence shall be :–

(a) to exercise all the privileges of Private Pilot´s Licence;

(b) to act as Pilot-in-Command of any aeroplane having an all-up weight not exceeding five thousand seven hundred Kgs. and which is entered in the aircraft rating of his licence provided that when passengers are to be carried at night, he shall have carried out within a period of six months immediately preceding the date of the intended flight not less than ten take-offs and ten landings by night as Pilot-in-Command.

(c) to act as Co-Pilot of any aeroplane where a Co-Pilot is required to be carried and which is entered in the aircraft rating of his licence :

Provided that for all flights under the Instrument Flight Rules, either as Pilot-in- Command or as Co-Pilot, he shall have a current Instrument Rating:

Provided further that for all flights as Co-Pilot of transport aeroplanes having an all-up weight exceeding five thousand seven hundred Kgs. he shall have carried out within the preceding six months of the intended flight, appropriate proficiency checks in respect of that type of aircraft as required by the Director-General.

Provided also that on attainment of the age of sixty-five years, such privileges shall be restricted to that of Private Pilot´s Licence (Aeroplanes).