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CPL commercial pilot

The commercial pilot license allows pilots to conduct commercial flights on behalf of a company with an Air Operator Certificate AOC. Depending on the training variant, the time to completion varies. In commercial pilot training basically the skills and knowledge of private pilot training are learned in depth.


To obtain a commercial pilot license, there are basically two training paths - integrated and modular commercial pilot training. The modular training requires a completed PPL training (the commercial pilot license is achieved in two modules - the private pilot training and the separate commercial pilot training). With the integrated variant, the previous private pilot training is no longer required as it is integrated into the commercial pilot training.


The integrated training is fast, clear and compact. The theory is learned only once - at commercial pilot level. The practical training is focused towards the goal of becoming a commercial pilot from the beginning and covers a total of 135 hours of flight time RTT. VFR communication and Language Proficiency must be completed in the same way as in PPL(H) training.


The modular training consists of two stages (modules). First, the private pilot training is completed, and in the second step, the commercial pilot training. In the meantime, the pilot will gain experience and complete additional trainings such as ratings for other types of helicopters or the mountain rating MOU. The holder of a private pilot's license is entitled to carry out flights with passengers from his environment. The pilot may collect an amount from the passengers that, at most, covers his costs. A graduate of the modular version has more experience after graduation than a graduate of the integrated version and has, in most cases, additional privileges. They are certainly the more interesting candidate for helicopter companies, especially because they have already carried out self-guided flights with passengers.

vergleich integriert vs. modular

The integrated professional pilot training comprises 135 hours flying time RTT. In contrast, the graduate of modular training takes the practical examination with 185 hours of RTT. After the private pilot training, which is completed with at least 45 hours of RTT, the candidate for the modular professional pilot training collects flying lessons until he reaches a total of 155 hours of RTT. From this number of hours on, the professional pilot training can be started, which comprises 30 hours RTT.

The clearest difference between the two variants lies in the preconditions. The integrated training starts at zero. The modular version requires a flight experience of 155 hours flying time RTT. Accordingly, the actual training time for the integrated version is reduced from 135 to 30 hours. Essentially, the same programme is being flown - in integrated training with sometimes significantly reduced time requirements. The following table shows the required minimum modular training requirements (in brackets, the integrated training requirements).

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

•  Awareness course (Robinson helicopter)

•  Medical class 1 

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


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