Airborne Aviation Diploma of Aviation AVI50215 (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane)

This page contains details on the full time AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation course. If you are looking to do a course one-to-one at your own pace click here.

This course is based on the qualification listed in the the Aviation Training Package. A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is essential if you wish to obtain work as a pilot in commercial operations and this course will provide the skills and knowledge required for a commercial aeroplane pilot. The course duration is 40 weeks.

At this level, students will be able to perform a broad range of skilled applications including requirements to evaluate and analyse current practices, develop new criteria and procedure for performing current practices, and provisions of some leadership and guidance to others.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Course

Career opportunities for a Commercial Pilot Licence holder can include:

  • Charter
  • Flight Instruction
  • Agricultural Operations
  • Airline
  • Search & Rescue
  • Fire Spotting / Bombing
  • Aerial Surveillance
  • Air Ambulance
  • Joy Flights

The Diploma of Aviation AVI50215 (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane) course has five main components:

Course Pre-Requisites

This course has been designed for a student that has never flown before.

The Pre-Requisites for the course are;

  • Pass a Class 1 medical examination - refer to the CASA web site
  • Unless secondary school has been conducted in English, an IELTS score of 6.0
  • Must be 18 years old by the completion of the course

Classroom Theory

The theoretical knowledge required by a commercial pilot is far more advanced than a private pilot. Many hours of ground school will be conducted to ensure that all areas of this course are covered by both the MoS Part 61 requirement and the qualification requirements set out in the Aviation Training Package.

Once the student has a sound knowledge for a particular subject, they will have to sit a theory examination.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Exam Structure

The examinations comprise seven separate examinations for aeroplanes:

  • CPL Navigation (CNAV)
  • CPL Meteorology (CMET)
  • CPL Human Factors (CHUF)
  • CPL Flight Rules & Air Law (CLWA)
  • CPL Aerodynamics (CADA)
  • CPL Aircraft General Knowledge (CSYA)
  • CPL Operation, Performance & Flight Planning (CFPA)

These examinations are outlined in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS) provided by CASA.

The pass mark for each CPL examination is 70%, except for Flight Rules & Air Law where the pass mark is 80%.

Examinations are booked by us and delivered by Assessment Services Pty Ltd located at Bankstown Airport.

Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of an Commercial Pilot Licence for a student undertaking an integrated course are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61. The requirements are as follows:

    150 hours total flight time, which includes:

  • 70 hours total as pilot-in-command (PIC)
  • 20 hours cross-country PIC
  • 10 hours instrument flight (5 hours may be in a simulator)

The Private Pilot Licence component of this course will contribute approximately 58 hours total time, 10 hours PIC,
5 hours cross-country PIC and 3 hours instrument time towards your CPL requirements.

In addition to flying training for the Private Pilot Licence additional training is undertaken to ensure operations meet or exceed the commercial standard specified in Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS). This syllabus incorporates the Australian National Competency Standards for Commercial Pilots.

Commercial flying training will have you demonstrate:

  • High standards of knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge
  • Accurate and expeditious flight planning
  • Safe and accurate operation of the aircraft
  • Operational decision making
  • Sound navigation techniques - visual and navaid based, diversions
  • Operation in both complex airspace and to/from remote aerodromes

The skills and experience gained during your training and command building time will put you in a good position to provide your services to an employer as a professional pilot.

In order to gain the required 70 hours of PIC time you will be given planned navigation exercises.

Diploma of Aviation AVI50215 (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane) Course Costs

Below is based on list pricing current at 1st May 2018. As this is an intergrated Commercial Pilot Licence full time training course, aircraft and instructor hire only become GST exempt.


Diploma of Aviation AVI50215 (Commercial Pilot Licence Aeroplane)

Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
- 27.3 Hours Dual (C172)
- 6.7 Hours Solo (C172)
- Theory
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees
- Exam Fees (First Solo, Area Solo, BAK & Flight Radio Exam)
- Security Checks & ASIC Card
- Pilot Bag
- Theory Manuals, Aircraft QRH, Student Notebook
- USB with useful documents
- SYD Visual Terminal Chart
- Flight Examiner Fee
- RPL Licence Fee


Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
- 15.3 Hours Dual (C172)
- 8.8 Hours Solo (C172)
- Theory
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees
- Theory Manuals, Student Notebook
- Maps, ERSA, Nav Equipment, Kneeboard, etc
- Exam Fee (PPL Practice Cyberexam)
- PPL Pexo Exam
- Flight Examiner Fee
- PPL Licence Fee


Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
- 34.5 Hours Command (C172)
- 16 Hours Dual (C182)
- 20 Hours Command (C182)
- 2 Hours Dual (7GCBC)
- 14.5 Hours Dual (PA34)
- 10.5 Hours Command (PA34)
- Landing Fees
- Movement Fees
- Theory
- Theory Manuals
- Maps, ERSA, Nav Equipment, etc
- Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)
- Civil Aviation Regulations 1988 (CAR)
- Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (CASR)
- Civil Aviation Orders (CAO)
- Civil Aviation Advisory Publications (CAAP) (92-1(1) & 234-1(1)
- Exam Fees (Practice & CASA CNAV, CMET, CHUF, CLWA, CADA, CSYA, CFPA)
- Flight Examiner Fees
- CPL Licence Fee


  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment must be made as per requirements on the Application Form.
  • All Theory Examiniations included in the pricing are 1 attempt only. If you fail a Theory Examination, you must pay additionally the required costs.
  • Medical examination fees paid directly to designated aviation medical examiner (DAME) not included.


To maximise your employment opportunities as a newly qualified commercial pilot the following courses are recommended:

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