Commercial Pilot License

At New Zealand Aviation the personalised approach we take towards your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is what makes the difference. Everybody learns the required skills in their own way. Some will breeze through certain aspects of the skill and knowledge requirements but require additional coaching on other parts. That’s why we only have experienced instructors who not only want to help you meet all the requirements of your license, but are also passionate about helping you become a career pilot.  

A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is a license that permits the holder to fly as the pilot-in-command of an aircraft and get paid for doing it. This qualification enables you to join airlines, study for an instructor rating to become a flight instructor, become an agricultural pilot and offer paid charters. The requirements to obtain the license are determined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. This level of certification will be recognised in most other countries such as India, China and Indonesia.

New Zealand Aviation offers two levels of Commercial Pilot License training. A basic Commercial Pilot License, and a Commercial Pilot License with Multi Engine and Instrument Ratings (CPL -MEIR).


The minimum age for a Commercial Pilots License holder is 18 years. A dedicated learner can complete this course in 6 months.

To gain a Commercial Pilot Licence you will need to complete the following:

  • 200 hours of flying
  • 100 hours pilot in command
  • 30 hours cross-country
  • 10 hours instrument
  • 10 hours night
  • 5 hours mountain
  • Ground subjects
  • Class 1 medical
  • English proficiency exam
  • Civil Aviation fit and proper person assessment

To gain a Commercial Pilot License, candidates are required to pass both a practical assessment and the ground theory exams. The assessment and exams are conducted by an external organisation Aviation Services Ltd.



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