Commercial Pilot Licence Training
When becoming a commercial pilot, it is extremely important that you receive the best training available in order to obtain your commercial pilot licence. Research must be done when applying for the different training courses as it is important for the pilot or future pilot to have the best resources on hand.
The commercial pilot is responsible for all passengers on board a flight and the airline employer needs to be assured that the pilot has received the best training and required flying hours in order to obtain a commercial pilot licence.
There are many different courses that can qualify a commercial pilot for their licence, which means it is important to know exactly what type of training will be required for a direction chosen. With the current shortage of commercial pilots, flight schools are introducing Ab-Initio Training which introduces different types of training programs to help pilots achieve their commercial pilot goals.
Types of Ab-Initio Training
- Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) – This course is not required on route to becoming a commercial pilot, but it is perfect to fly lighter planes for recreational purposes. No passengers or property may be carried for compensation purposes. For some this could be a great place to start if they are unsure if it should be their career.
- Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (iATPL) – If the dream is to fly for an airline as a career pilot, then this is the course of choice. Make sure it contains all the elements to prepare for an Airline Type Rating.
- Integrated Commercial Pilot Licence – This is course qualifies pilots for charter flying or to become bush pilots. When qualifying for this licence there is no need to first qualify for a PPL.
- Jet Pilot Program – A Jet Pilot Program should ready the pilot for at least a Boeing 737 Type Rating to fly as First Officer. The course gets candidates ready to be Airline employable.
- Charter Pilot Program – The Charter Pilot Program qualification, for many, is the start of a professional career as a Commercial Pilot and gives Single-Engine Instrument Rating. Again no PPL is required.
- Airline Cadet Program – An Airlines Cadet Pilot Program is designed and approved by supported Airlines to match the entrance requirements of that Airline. The program should include a CAAV approved Integrated ATPL, Commercial Pilots Licence with Instrument Rating and an Airbus A320 or Boeing 737 Type Rating.
Jet Transitional Training
For many pilots entering into a career as a commercial pilot, the first step may have been an ATPL qualification to command a propeller driven aircraft. Jet Transitional Training incorporates three different sections to guide the pilot through to eventually being able to command a jet-liner.
The training also includes 135 simulation flying hours focused on either Boeing 737-800 or Airbus A320. For many pilots, the excitement is being able to train in the latest Airbus A320 Simulator.
The three sections in Jet Transitional Training include:
- Airline Pilot Preparation Program – this program takes candidates from Commercial Pilot Licence in a single pilot aircraft to a Jet Airliner Type Rating, like a Boeing 737-800 Type Rating or Airbus A320 Type Rating
- Airline Multi Crew Co-Ordination – this program is designed to aid the candidate in becoming a commercial airline pilot, qualified in the practical environment of a Jet Flight Deck with a multi-crew environment.
- Airline JOC & MCC – This last part of the Jet Transitional Training involves the Jet Orientation Course & the completion of Multi Crew Co-Ordination, gives the candidate exposure to the handling qualities of the jet-liner of choice.