Commercial Pilots Licence

Turn your dreams into reality…
If you are looking for a new and exciting career as a professional pilot, the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the basis for your career in aviation. A Commercial Pilot Licence will allow you to be paid to work as a pilot, enabling you to seek employment in various fields of general aviation, such as a charter pilot, survey pilot, a flight instructor, or build experience to start your airline career.   The Darling Downs Aero Club instructors are highly qualified with substantial relevant industry experience that ensures integrity in all our courses. The Club has a good reputation for providing practical and relevant industry training while focusing on your individual needs. 

You will still complete the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) and Private Pilot Licence (PPL) as part of your CPL training, however at the completion of your PPL you will continue to work with our flight instructors to improve your flying skills and build command (solo) time.  A more complex and faster aircraft is required for CPL training, so it is time to become familiar with the Cessna 182RG aircraft with a variable pitch propeller and retractable undercarriage.

Career opportunities for commercial pilots include charter, freight, surveying, air ambulance, joy flights, and scenic flights, mission or station pilot, fisheries, coast watch, corporate pilot, commuter airlines and more. A multi-engine command instrument rating may be required for some career paths and DDAC is able to deliver this training. You can commence your training on any day of the year and you can train full time or at your own pace. The choice is yours.

Requirements to complete Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time the licence is issued
  • Be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language
  • Pass a Class 1 medical examination
  • Pass all CPL theory exams
  • Pass the CPL flight test
  • Must have a minimum of 200 hours of aeronautical experience which includes at least 190 hours of flight time as a pilot, 100 hours of flight time as pilot in command, 20 hours of cross-country flight as pilot in command and 10 hours of instrument time, 5 hours of which need to be in a aeroplane. 

Training Structure

Flight Training
Your flight instruction will be consolidating and building upon the knowledge and skills acquired at PPL level. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has strict requirements for competency and minimum number of flight time hours required for all stages of flight training. 

Qualified Instructors with substantial industry experience are available to deliver theory lessons that build upon the knowledge gained at PPL level to ensure you are prepared for any aviation role offered to you as a Commercial Pilot. The theory subjects you're required to complete as part of the CPL include:

  • CADA Aerodynamics 
  • CAGK Aircraft General Knowledge
  • CMET Meteorology
  • CNAV Navigation 
  • CFPA Operations, Performance & Flight Planning
  • CLWA Flight Rules & Air Law
  • CHUF Human Factors

Multi-engine Aircraft Instrument Rating

Looking to complete your multi-engine aircraft instrument rating? Get it done full time in 4-6 weeks. Toowoomba YTWB is only 13nm from Oakey YBOK and its ILS, which as a general rule is available 365 days after 5.00pm local time (10 minutes to the holding point NUTPA for the 14 ILS). It’s also in very close proximity to Wellcamp Airport which has a 2800m runway, RNAV approaches and SID (standard instrument departure). Toowoomba itself has an RNAV and is a very short transit time to the Sunshine Coast for the VOR. YTWB is a CTAF, allowing for short taxi times and minimal holding for traffic. All of this equates to more time in the air and less time spent on the ground. We have very experienced Grade 1 instructors with real world charter experience who will be dedicating their time to help you get your training done in the time frame you require. Our multi-engine training is conducted in a Beechcraft Baron BE58. 


Piper Tomahawk
The Piper Tomahawk has a proven track record in the field of basic training and is utilised for initial flight training to pass your Recreational Pilot Licence. It has a side by side seating configuration with dual controls.

Piper Warrior
The Warrior PA-28 is an ideal and popular touring aircraft for the longer cross-country navigational exercises utilised to gain your PPL. It is comfortable, stable and easy to fly.  

Cessna 172
Alternatively, a Cessna 172 can be used to complete your navigational exercises to gain your PPL. It is comfortable, stable and has modern instrumentation.  The Cessna 172 is a good stepping stone to move on to faster and more complex Cessnas such as the C182, C206 and C210 which are popular farm aircraft and often used for scenic flights.  It is likely that your first job as a commercial pilot will be flying one of these aircraft types.

Cessna 182RG
The Cessna 182RG is the aircraft used for your CPL training at the Darling Downs Aero Club.  You will gain experience operating the variable pitch propeller and retractable undercarriage in this stable aircraft while cruising at 145 knots.