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Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)


A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows you to realise your ultimate aviation goal – working and earning a living as a pilot. When you’ve earned your CPL there are countless possibilities for employment, including joy and charter flights, agriculture and search and rescue. A CPL is a gateway to advanced training that will lead to being an airline pilot or flight instructor.

The CPL course involves advanced navigation and instrument flight training. Through our specialist scenario-based training you will cover every type of airspace that can be encountered in Australia, proficient at handling every conceivable emergency situation and learn how to manage an aircraft in a commercial environment.

Career opportunities for a Commercial Pilot Licence holder can include:
Joy Flights
Fire Spotting / Bombing
Flight Instruction
Aerial Surveillance
Air Ambulance
Search & Rescue
Agricultural Operations
Flight Training

The aeronautical experience requirement for a Commercial Pilot Licence.
200 hours total flight time, which includes:
100 hours total as pilot-in-command (PIC)
20 hours cross-country PIC
10 hours instrument flight (5 hours may be in a simulator)

Your PPL flying will contribute approximately 65 hours total time, 10 hours PIC, 5 hours cross-country PIC and 4 hours instrument time towards your CPL requirements.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Exam Structure, the examinations consists of seven separate exams:
CPL Navigation (CNAV)
CPL Meteorology (CMET)
CPL Human Factors (CHUF)
CPL Flight Rules & Air Law (CLWA)
CPL Aerodynamics (CADA)
CPL Aircraft General Knowledge (CSYA)
CPL Operation, Performance & Flight Planning (CFPA)

The pass mark for each CPL examination is 70%, except for Flight Rules & Air Law where the pass mark is 80%.

All examinations must be passed within a 2-year period, from the date of the first attempt, successful or otherwise, for a candidate to be awarded an CPL theory pass.

Most students prefer to self-study at home at their own pace. Students can book 1 on 1 tutoring with one of our experienced instructors.

Requirements to earn CPL:
Minimum hours: 200
Be at least 18 years old
Hold a Class 1 Medical
More infomation available on CASA website

We recommend the CASA Private Pilot Guide to read HERE

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of conversion will depend on pilot experience level prior to flying the cirrus and also the amount of time and frequency you can dedicate to the course. We do quote basic estimates of around 10 hours flight time.
The Cirrus conversion course can be completed usually over a period of 3 or 4 days, with 1 or 2 flights per day. It is recommended to have finished the Cirrus Transition course online prior to any flight training.
As with any flight training, safety is the most important aspect, we will train you until a safe standard, so you are then comfortable yourself to fly off with family and friends
The selection of whether to convert in the SR 20 or SR 22 will depend on a number of factors and can be discussed with us so that we can map out the best training path for you.
For example we have a Doctor who regularly had to attend clinics in regional NSW, he was an existing pilot but not on Cirrus, so what we did was construct a Cirrus converion course so that he could complete part of the syllabus at the same time as his travel requirements.

Unfortunately we dont offer credit of finance for the course and the cost for the hours flown will have to be paid on completion of the flight

Yes we do offer rental to our pilots on completion and we have on offer a range of SR 20 or SR 22, you are free to take this away on long journeys as long as minimum hours are met, please enquire for more info
We have on show in our hanger a range of SR 20 and SR 22 aircraft, so please visit to discuss purchase as well as map put your training course.

We are proud to have in our hanger a new 2020 model SF 50 Vision Jet. This aircraft is not available to rent or train on, but syndicates are on offer or you can discuss an outright purchase. Contact us for more info

Yes for certain circumstances such as full time courses, we do offer training away from our home base at Bankstown airport, please feel free to ask. *please note that additional expenses may apply such as accomodation and enroute travel costs*.


Here’s what our students had to say about our Flight Training:

I completed both my CPL and CIR through Bankstown Flying (BFS). In my experience, I found BFS to be less like a school and more like a close-knit flying club……Read more HERE

A.B - SR22 Cirrus Aircraft Pilot

After an almost 4 decade long love affair with aviation, I finally made the full commitment to become a pilot and it was the best thing……Read more HERE

M.N - SR22 Cirrus Aircraft Pilot

Came to BFS for a Cirrus SR22 conversion, heard great things about the school, Nigel was excellent……..Read more HERE

K.S - Airline Pilot

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