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A Commercial pilot license (CPL) or certificate will allow you to fly an aircraft as the pilot in command or second in command. This will allow you to fly passengers in aircraft up to a specific weight and class with being compensated. 

This course is for advancing your aviation career. Should you wish to fly for a charter company or airline one day, this course is a must.  


South Africa has some of the best aviation standards in the world. The qualifications are recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO. This allows you to be able to go to any country registered under ICAO such as the USA, Europe, Australia and many more countries whereby may use your aviation skills to fly. 

This license typically takes 18 to 20 months to obtain.

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- Be 18 years or older

- Hold a valid medical certificate, issued in terms of Part 67;

- Hold at least a valid general certificate of proficiency in radio-telephony (aeronautical)

- Produce evidence of holding or having held, within the previous 60 months, one of the following—

- South African PPL(A);

- Pilot licence (aeroplane) issued by a Contracting State;

- SPL where the applicant has completed an integrated training course approved by the Authority;

- Have successfully completed the training as prescribed in Document 61 at an approved Part 141 ATO;

- Have passed the theoretical knowledge examination as prescribed in Document SA-CATS 61;

- Have passed the skills test 

- Hold a valid night rating (aeroplane).

- An applicant for a CPL(A) must have completed not less than

- 200 hours of flight time, which may include 20 hours of flight instruction time in an FSTD, approved for the     purpose

- 150 hours of flight time if he or she has successfully completed the integrated training referred to in   regulation 61.01.15.

- The total of 200 hours or 150 hours, as the case may be, referred to in sub-regulation (2), must include—

- 100 hours as PIC, or 70 hours as PIC in the case of an applicant who has undergone the integrated     training;  and 20 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC, including one flight of not less than 300 NM, in the course of which full-stop landings at not less than two different aerodromes away from base must have been made

- 5 hours of night flying as PIC, including not less than 10 take-offs and 10 landings by night, and a cross-country flight of at least three legs, each of a minimum length of 50 NM; and

- 20 hours of instrument instruction time, of which not more than 10 hours may have been acquired in an FSTD

- At least 5 hours instruction in an aeroplane with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller or turbojet engine.


*VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION! Madiba Bay School of Flight may not be held responsible for any additional costs being accrued during your training. Each individual may vary in training capabilities and may have to have accomplished additional training at an additional cost. The above amounts are subject to change should you be required to have additional instruction flights, ground school, and re-writes of examinations. Please note that all prices are also subject to currency changes and therefore are subject to change.

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