The CPL license allows you to operate as a co-pilot in Commercial Air Transport

The Commercial Pilot License (CPL) allows one to operate as a co-pilot in Commercial Air Transport and as a responsible pilot in operations other than the latter. With this license, one is authorized to fly for commercial purposes, thus with pilot salary and the possibility to fly outside of Italy.

Pre-requisites for admission:
  • Be at least 17 years old (18 years of age to take the final exam);
  • Hold a Private Pilot's License (A).
  • Be in possession of first-class mental and physical fitness certificate issued by a medical specialist in aviation medicine (AME).
  • Sufficient knowledge of mathematics and physics and understanding of English:
  • Be in possession of TEA (Test English Aviation) certificate with at least a score of 4 out of 6.
  • Be in possession of NIGHT VFR Rating with 5 hours of night flying performed, including at least 3 total hours of Dual Command (DC),
  • Have completed at least 150 total hours of flight training (before starting the course).
  • Have completed at least 200 total hours (PIC and DUAL) of pilot flying on single and multi-engine aircraft (by the time the practical exam is conducted) of which 100 hours from PIC with 20 hours cross country and the 300 nm mix conducted.
Course schedule.
Total hours of theoretical instruction: 250;00
Total hours of practical instruction: 25;00

Theoretical part involves the CPL THEORY course that the ATO offers via Distance Learning platform to conduct 250 hours of theoretical instruction distributed in the various teaching subjects (10% in the classroom with instructor). Once the 13 theoretical exams have been passed, the student will be introduced to the practical part.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who have passed all ATPL theory exams will not have to take the theory course or take theory exams but will enter directly to the flight phase.


  • Aircraft general knowledge – Airframe/Systems/Power Plant
  • Aircraft general knowledge – Instrumentation
  • Air Law
  • Mass and balance
  • Performance
  • Flight planning and monitoring
  • Human performance
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Communications

For a total of 250 hours of training

Flight Program:

The flight program includes no less than 25 hours of training on complex aircraft (PA28, C182Q) with instructor.

PLEASE NOTE:The amount of flight experience credit is determined, based on the documentation provided, following an assessment by the school, in accordance with the EASA PART FCL regulations.

Scheduled exams:
  • 13 CPL theoretical exams at an ENAC Directorate once the theory is completed and the internal test is passed successfully;
  • A practical exam with ENAC Inspector once the theoretical exams have been passed with positive results and the 25 hours of flight time have been completed.
Course Duration:

The duration of the course, which should be run as smoothly and continuously as possible, is generally between 3 and 6 months; however, the personal needs of each candidate will also be considered, and for this reason the time frame can be adapted. In fact, the course is extendable up to 36 months after passing (partially or completely) the theory exams.

What activities are performed with the Commercial Pilot License?

The Commercial Pilot License (CPL) course will allow you to obtain the necessary license to operate as a pilot in commercial flight, perform aerial work in single- and multi-engine aircraft, and fly as a co-pilot for airlines.

Some examples of flying activities that can be performed by a CPL license holder are:

  • Flight Instructor
  • Pilot for Aerotaxi flights
  • Pilot for Cargo flights
  • Canadair Pilot

THE Pilot with a Commercial License (CPL) may carry out work for the transportation of paying passengers by aerotaxi and charter flights, but to become a pilot for Airlines, it will be necessary to acquire the Airline Pilot Transport License (ATPL).

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