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CPL commercial pilot

In commercial pilot training, the skills and knowledge from private pilot training are deepened. The training prepares for a career as a commercial pilot.

The commercial pilot license allows pilots to perform commercial flights on behalf of a company with Air Operator Certificate AOC. Depending on the type of training, the time to completion varies. In commercial pilot training, the skills and knowledge gained in private pilot training are deepened.


There are basically two ways to obtain a commercial pilot license - integrated and modular commercial pilot training. The modular training requires a completed PPL training (the commercial pilot licence is achieved in two modules - the private pilot training and the separate commercial pilot training). In the integrated variant, the preceding private pilot training is omitted or integrated into the commercial pilot training.


The integrated training is fast, clear and compact. The theory is learned only once at a commercial pilot level. The practical training is geared towards the goal of a professional pilot from the very beginning and comprises a total of 135 h RTT. VFR Communication and Language Proficiency must be completed identically to PPL(H) training.


The modular training consists of two levels (modules). First, the private pilot training has to be completed, followed by the commercial pilot training in a second step. In the meantime, the pilot gains experience independently and completes additional training such as ratings for other helicopter types or the mountain training MOU. The holder of a private pilot's licence is entitled to carry out flights with passengers from his or her area. He is allowed to collect an amount from the passengers that covers at most his costs. A graduate of the modular variant has more experience than a graduate of the integrated variant and usually has additional authorizations. He is certainly the more interesting candidate for helicopter companies, especially because he has already carried out sightseeing flights with passengers independently.

vergleich integriert vs. modular

The integrated commercial pilot training includes 135 h RTT. In contrast, the graduate of the modular training goes to the practical examination with 185 h RTT. After the private pilot training, which is completed with at least 45 h RTT, the candidate for the modular commercial pilot training collects flying hours until he has reached a total of 155 h RTT. From this number of hours, the commercial pilot training, which comprises 30 h RTT, can begin. 

The clearest difference between the two variants relates to the requirements. The integrated training starts from zero. The modular variant requires a flying experience of 155 h RTT. Accordingly, the actual training is shortened from 135 to 30 h with the integrated variant. Essentially the same program is flown - in the integrated training with partly significantly reduced time requirements. The following table shows the prescribed minimum requirements for modular training (in brackets are the requirements for integrated training).

Practical training: min. 30 h (min. 135 h) Rotor Turning Time RTT in the helicopter, of which:

•  approx. 20 h (approx. 81 h) basic meneuvers, demanding approaches in terrain, emergency procedures, navigation on dual controls, simulated instrument flight (IR)

•  10 h simulated instrument flight

• (only integrated variant: 49 h solo flights)

•  a «big solo navigation flight» of at least 185 km distance, with two stops on two different airfields  

•  night flying training: 4 h dual / 1 h solo

•  of which approx. 5 h exam preparation

•  FOCA skill test

Common features integrated & modular

•  Theoretical aptitude test

•  Theory CPL(H) or ATPL / VFR(H) or ATPL / IR(H)

• Ground course for the corresponding type entry

•  Medical class 1 

Medical certification "Medical Class 1" is issued exclusively by  AeMC (Aeromedical Centers).


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