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CPL or CPL/IR(As)

CPL(As) = EASA Commercial Pilot Licence (Airships)

CPL/IR(As) = EASA Commercial Pilot Licence & Instrument Rating (Airships)

Summary

Licence to the level of experience required to operate single pilot on single or multi-engine airships in commercial air transport. With an Instrument Rating you may also fly in cloud and controlled airspace.

For further information about flying n airship, please visit the British Balloon & Airship Club (BBAC) at http://www.bbac.org/.

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Privileges

  • Privileges of a PPL(As) & Night Qualification
  • On any aeroplane [specified on the licence] as…
    • PIC/Copilot in operations other than commercial air transport
    • PIC in commercial air transport for a single pilot aeroplane
    • Copilot in commercial air transport

& with an IR(A)

  • PIC/Copilot in controlled airspace under IFR

You must be

  • Aged 18
  • EASA Part-MED Class 1 Medical

Integrated Training Requirements

Complete an approved Integrated or Modular course of training, one of…

  • CPL(As) Integrated Course
  • CPL/IR(As) Integrated Course
  • CPL(As) Modular Course (see modular training)
    • IR(As) Modular Course (see modular training)

CPL(As) Integrated Course

Aim To train pilots to the level of proficiency for a CPL(As).
Initial Requirements None or some credit for a PPL
Total Flight Time ≥ 50 hours
Dual Instruction ≥ 30 hours
PIC ≥ 20 hours
Night ≥ 5 hours including ≥ 1 hour navigation
Instrument Instruction ≥ 10 hours
Cross Country
≥ 5 hours
Ground Exams
  • 350 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 13 multiple choice CPL exams
Flight Tests CPL(As) Skill Test

CPL/IR(As) Integrated Course

Aim To train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to operate & obtain the CPL/IR(A).
Initial Requirements None or some credit for a PPL
Total Flight Time ≥ 80 hours
Dual Instruction ≥ 60 hours
PIC (inc SPIC) ≥ 20 hours
Night ≥ 5 hours including ≥ 1 hour navigation
Instrument (all) ≥ 30 hours
Cross Country
≥ 5 hours
Ground Exams
  • 500 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 13 multiple choice CPL exams & 1 additional multiple choice IR exam
Flight Tests
  • CPL(As) Skill Test in SE or ME airship
  • IR(As) Skill Test in an IFR ME airship

Modular Training Requirements

Complete an approved Integrated or Modular course of training, one of…

  • CPL(As) Integrated Course (see integrated training)
  • CPL/IR(As) Integrated Course (see integrated training)
  • CPL(As) Modular Course, after a PPL(As)
    • IR(As) Modular Course

PPL(As)

This is not a professional licence, but the first step on the modular route towards a CPL(As). However it is possible to be a Flight Instructor with only a PPL(As), under certain conditions. For further details about the PPL(As) see the Private Pilot page.

Initial Requirements
  • Minimum Age 17, may start training earlier
  • EASA Part-MED Class 1 or 2
Total Flight Time ≥ 35 hours
Dual Instruction ≥ 25 hours
Solo ≥ 8 hours
Ground Exams 9 multiple choice exams
Flight Tests PPL(As) Skill Test

CPL(As) Modular Course

Aim To train PPL(As) holders to the level of proficiency necessary for the issue of a CPL(As).
Initial Requirements PPL(As) & ≥ 200 hours
Total Flight Time ≥ 250 hours including initial requirements
Dual Instruction ≥ 20 hours with credit for an IR
PIC ≥ 125 hours
Night ≥ 5 hours including ≥ 1 hour navigation
Instrument Instruction ≥ 10 hours with credit for an IR
Cross Country
≥ 50 hours instruction
Ground Exams
  • 250 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 13 multiple choice CPL exams
Flight Tests CPL(As) Skill Test

IR(As) Modular Course

Aim To train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to operate airships under IFR & IMC.
Initial Requirements CPL(As) or a PPL(As) with Night Rating
Total Flight Time ≥ 50 hours cross country
Dual Instruction ≥ 35 hours SE/ME with credit for CPL
Ground Exams
  • 150 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
  • 7 multiple choice IR exams (or 1 additional to CPL exams)
Flight Tests IR(As) Skill Test on SE or ME airships

Development

  • A minimum number of take-off/landings are required in a 90 day period to keep the CPL(As) current. An IR(As) is valid for a year and requires a revalidation test annually.
  • Class/Type Rating – to fly other airship types.
  • Flying Instructor (FI) Rating.
  • Instrument Rating (IR) for CPL(As) only – to fly as PIC/Copilot under IFR, i.e in cloud or in controlled airspace. See modular training IR(As).

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