Your path to becoming a commercial pilot

There are many ways to become a commercial pilot. Bruce Hartwig Flying School has approval to conduct both the CASA integrated flight training syllabus, AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) and AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating). The most common method of obtaining your qualifications is through the AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane).

The actual steps and timing are shown below, with the costs of each phase shown separately.

Commercial Pilot Training Timeline

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Trial Instructional Flight

Preparation period, not compulsory

Aptitude Tests (Compass Assessment)

Aptitude assessment

Tailored Flight Training Plan

A free customised Flight Training Plan for you, listing all lessons with dates depending on your requirements.

Diplomas of Aviation

  • AVI50215 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane)
  • AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) Theory Course

This is theory training that can be done by the student via online courses or by traditional study methods.  Assistance in theory can be provided on an hourly basis if required.

Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

The ATPL is achieved on completion of 1,500 hours as a pilot, including operations on certain types of aircraft and in certain conditions.

For detailed costing information for your personal circumstances

Commercial Pilot Course Pricing

  • AVI50415 Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating)

  • $28,165
    per course, GST exempt
  • Minimum Commercial Pilot Licence is required as a prerequisite
  • A variety of 'real world' aircraft options are available
  • Ground school theory, 210 hours
  • 131 hours of flying hours, 82 dual and 60 solo
  • 27.5 dual hours multi-engine, 22.9 instrument, 20 simulator
  • Graduate with multi-engine class endorsement, and multi-engine instrument rating
  • CASA Training & qualifications

  • $POA
    per course, GST exempt, see below
  • PP: Private Pilot Licence
  • CPL: Commercial Pilot Licence
  • MEA: Multi-Engine Class Rating
  • CIR: Command Instrument Rating
  • FIR: Flight Instructor Rating
  • Design Feature Endorsements

Other Courses for Commercial Pilots

Interested? What to do next

If you would like to explore how to become a commercial pilot, get in contact with us.  We would love to help you understand everything involved, and answer any questions you have.

Funding Options

Student loans

There is a wide variety of student loans available from many financial institutions.  For a comprehensive list, click here.

Private Funding

You can fund the School courses privately by a number of options:

  • Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG).  This involves paying at the completion of each lesson.  This option is available for PPL training only.
  • Lump sum.  You can deposit funds with the School and draw down as you progress through the course.  Re-drawing of unused funds is allowed.
  • Semester payments.  Payment of semesters in advance for private funding of courses.

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