Ref. CAR 421.30

If you are looking for a flying career in the aviation industry, the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is your first step. With a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) you will be able to work for hire or reward and be paid for your services as a pilot working for a licensed commercial air operator in Canada. Once the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) has been obtained, most pilots then transition to multi-engine and instrument training in order to be ready for the demands of a commercial air operation. 


You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be issued a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)


Prior to beginning your flight training for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), you must have a valid Category 1 aviation medical certificate from a Transport Canada-approved Civil Aviation Medical Examiner (CAME). Below is a list of approved list of medical examiners in the London, Ontario area:

Dr. Bates

  • Office: 519-438-5101
  • Address: #208-190 Wortley Road

Dr. Chapeskie

  • Office: 519-461-0776
  • Address: Box 130, 21816 Fairview Road (Thorndale)

Dr. Malizia

  • Office: 519-455-1990
  • Address: 1033 Dundas Street

Dr. Marshall

  • Office: 519-245-3590
  • Address: 31 Caradoc Street North

Dr. Siu

  • Office: 519-858-4694
  • Address: 827 Richmond Street

If you are from outside the London area, a list of Civil Aviation Medical Examiners can be found here on the Transport Canada website


  • You must have a minimum of 80 hours commercial pilot aeroplane ground school instruction including at least the following subjects:
    • Canadian Aviation Regulations
    • Aerodynamics and theory of flight
    • Meteorology
    • Airframes, engines and systems
    • Flight instruments
    • Radio and electronic theory
    • Navigation
    • Flight operations
    • Licensing requirements
    • Human factors including pilot decision making
  • You must have a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subjects areas as well as in the overall written examination Commercial Pilot Licence — Aeroplane (CPAER):
    • Air Law: Regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence
    • Navigation: Navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,
    • Meteorology
    • Aeronautics - General Knowledge: Airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments and flight operations.


You require a minimum of 200 hours flight total time of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command flight time. Other CPL requirements are as follows:

65 hours of commercial pilot flight training after the issue of the PPL consisting of a minimum of:

  • 35 hours dual instruction flight time including:
    • 5 hours night, including a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time
    • 5 hours cross-country
    • 20 hours of instrument flight time (a maximum 10 hours of the 20 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or synthetic flight training device)
  • 30 hours solo flight time including:
    • 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills of the applicant which shall include a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure
    • 5 hours solo flight time by night during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings were completed


You must successfully pass a Commercial Pilot flight test with a Transport Canada-approved pilot examiner


The Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) allows you to fly single-engine, single pilot, non-high-performance aircraft under Visual Flight Rules for hire or reward

CPL TRAINING DURATION (35 Dual & 30 Solo Hours)

13 Weeks if flying 5 days per week

16 Months if flying 1 day per week


Candidate must hold a valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and have a Category 1 aviation medical