Commercial Flight Training Course

Course Types

WardAir can offer a variety of Commercial Pilot packages to meet your needs including:

  • Single engine
  • Single/multi engine
  • Single/multi engine and Command Instrument Rating

How Long Will It Take?

WardAir’s Commercial Pilot Licence Course takes approximately 52 weeks. In this time, the customer progresses from ab-initio to Commercial and Command Instrument Rating. This may vary depending on customer passing the required theory exams and flying progress. WardAir aims to meet flying hours and course duration quoted and is mindful of the additional stress to its customers if these are not met. Customers’ progress is monitored weekly and time frames re-scheduled in consultation with the client to meet time and financial criteria.

Required Hours

Training for the commercial pilot licence requires a minimum of 150 hours, as determined by CASA. Of these 150 hours, 70 hours must be as the pilot in command. The flight test must also be conducted in an aircraft that is fitted with a constant-speed propeller and be capable of 120 KTAS. It is recommended that at least 10 hours be flown in the aircraft to be used for the test.

WardAir’s full time commercial course is a fully integrated program of theory, ground briefings and of course, flying lessons.

Air training is to the same high standard as the ground training and is carried out in our single and/or multi-engine aircraft – the Cessna 152, Cessna 172 or Beechcraft Duchess. All aircraft are well equipped, with all being fitted with GPS, and are maintained to the highest standard by senior maintenance personnel.


Study for the Commercial Pilot Licence requires some theory. The first module of theory is called Basic Aeronautical Knowledge. This is presented in a form that makes a solid and comprehensive introduction to flying training. There is an accompanying exam that must be passed before moving onto the remainder of the CPL theory. The CPL theory takes approximately 4-5 weeks to complete and covers all subjects required for the issue of a Private and Commercial Pilot Licence. The IREX theory takes approximately 2 weeks to complete and covers all contents of the syllabus required for the Instrument Rating Exam. (IREX)

Course Structure

Theory classes commence at 9 am and conclude at 5 pm. There is a 1-hour break for lunch and breaks for morning and afternoon tea.