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Commercial Pilot Training

Modular Training - what Tayside Aviation specialise in.

As a student, you must first complete a PPL course of 45 hours minimum to qualify for a Private Pilot Licence.  You then have to hour-build, under supervision, to fly another 105 hours.  During this time you can complete the distance learning package to pass all of the CPL or ATPL ground exams.Once having logged 150 hours total flying time, of which 100 hours must be flown as Pilot-In-Command (with at least 20 hours of cross-country navigation flights), and having completed the ATPL exams, and having been issued with a CAA Class 1 Medical, you then qualify to start the Commercial Pilot Licence course of 25 hours minimum. Before taking the final Skill Test for the initial issue of a CPL, you must have accumulated a total of 200 hours logged flight time including 5 hours of night flying.

After this you have a choice;

Either complete the Flight Instructors Course and get a job as a Flying Instructor for a year or so to build your experience up towards 1,000 hours of flight time,


Go straight for the Multi Engine Piston (MEP) Class Rating and Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) courses, followed by Multi Crew Cooperation (MCC) and Jet Orientation Training courses (JOT).  These last 3 courses include training in a Flight Navigation Procedure Trainer (FNPT) II simulator.

Either way, you must complete the MEP Class Rating and MEIR, followed by the MCC and/or JOT courses to qualify for a "frozen Airline Transport Pilot Licence" (fATPL).

You would then be qualified to apply to the airlines seeking a position as a First Officer (or Second Officer) Pilot.

The Modular route will cost about £55000.  But, you can spread this over 3 to 4 years and do it part time to fit in with your working / family life.

Whichever route you take, you end up with the same licence and the same 200 hours of flying experience and with the same prospects of finding employment with a suitable airline.  Extra time gained as a flying instructor will stand you in good stead.

It must be stressed that these cost are for minimum training times.  Should you need more training at any point to reach the standard required for tests, then this will cost more.  The idea of quality flight training is to keep the cost to a minimum which does not mean that you will get through on minimum time.  It should be taken as you getting through on what is a minimum time for you.  We are all individual and each learns at different rates.

Hopefully this answers all your questions on how to become an airline pilot.


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