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A Commercial Pilot's Licence represents the level of piloting expertise for a pilot who intends to "fly for hire." The expectations for knowledge and skill include a Commercial Pilot level of knowledge, advanced maneuvers with an emphasis on coordination and precision, and the skills to operate a complex airplane.

A Pilot who intends to fly professionally will seek the CPL as a requirement to practice the profession. A business or recreational flyer will seek the CPL for a higher level of safety and proficiency as well as lower insurance rates, especially in complex airplanes.

Transport Canada Required Minimums for Commercial Pilot Licence
Minimum Age: 18
Required: Category 1 Medical Certificate
Flight Training Requirement
  Available Packages
  DA20-A1
$140/hr solo
$195/hr dual
DA20-C1
$160/hr solo
$215/hr dual
DA40
$210/hr solo
$265/hr dual
35 hours Dual Flight Training $6,825.00 $7,525.00 $9,275.00
120 hours Solo Flight Time
Total time required: 200 hours of flight time, and 100 hours of pilot-in-command
$16,800.00 $19,200.00 $25,200.00
20 hours of pre-flight and post-flight ground briefings ($55/hour) $1,100.00 $1,100.00 $1,100.00
80 hours Commercial Ground School Course $700.00 $700.00 $700.00
Ground School Kit
(Not required if completed PPL Ground School Course with Sea Land Air)
$185.00 $185.00 $185.00
Complete a Flight Test $450.00 $450.00 $450.00
Total Estimated Cost* $26,060.00 $29,160.00 $36,910.00

Note: Prices are based on Transport Canada minimum requirements. Most students require more than the minimum number of hours to prepare for their flight test; therefore, estimated cost will vary accordingly. All prices are in CAD and are subject to change without prior notice.