Training - Commercial Pilot Licence Course

PFC Pilots

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 @ $222/hour $7 770
30 Hours solo instruction @ $141/hour $4 230
Commercial Pilot Ground School   $499
5 Hours ground briefing  @ $70/hour $350
Total   $12 849


Additional Flight Time
(time building to reach 200 hours total time)
80 Hours solo flight time @ $141/hour $11 280
Incidental Costs
Books & Supplies $150
Medical (Cat.1, ECG, X-Ray, Audiogram) & LVC Fees $250
Flight Test $450
Licence Processing Fees
& Transport Canada Written Fees
PFC Yearly Membership $195
Total Incidental Costs $1 420
Total Costs exclusive of applicable taxes $24 549

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)