FAQ on IR, CPL Theories

Will my theory studies expire?

Generally speaking there is a principle that IR and CPL theories are valid for 3 years after passing Trafi’s exams. The whole IR or CPL training including skill tests and the sending of applications must be concluded in 3 years. On the other hand, the starting date of the theory course doesn’t matter here.

After finishing the training the ATPL theories for ATPL license never expire if you maintain your CPL/IR valid, and after CPL/IR expiration you still have 7 more years to renew IR.

How much does it cost to do Trafi’s exams?

In 2015 Trafi’s ATPL/IR/CPL exams cost 59 eur per subject. There are 14 exams in ATPL level, 13 in CPL level and 7 in IR level.

What are the theory subjects in ATPL/CPL/IR?

We go by the EASA Part-FCL division. The syllabi for all three theory courses (ATPL, CPL and IR) have a similar structure. (See the table below.) There are some differences inside the subjects between the courses  – for example VFR Communications is the same on all the courses but on the other hand a CPL pilot doesn’t have to be familiar with the theory of supersonic flights or procedures related to transatlantic flights. X’s in the table below doesn’t necessarily mean the same content between ATPL/IR/CPL courses. These differences will become more clear during the training.

Generally speaking we like to recommend the whole ATPL theory package for those who want to become professional pilots and for those who are fast learners and interested in aviation. It takes a lot of time and effort, though. If you’re sure you don’t need ATPL license for anything or you don’t want to go through all that effort, pick CPL and/or IR. If your goal is to get IR license with your PPL license while working/studying at the same time with no interest in becoming professional pilot, it’s recommended to choose only IR.

In the table below the code GS stands for Ground School which is the division for the subjects in the lectures held in Malmi. It doesn’t matter in which order you attend the GS sessions – you can choose the dates that fit you the best. Just make sure that you are well prepared for each GS by studying the correct subjects and that at the end of the theory training you have attended each GS’s 1-3.

You can do the Trafi exams on different subjects as soon as you have attended the corresponding GS and passed Aeropole’s final exams on the subject. We recommend to do the Trafi exams when the subjects are still fresh in your memory.

 

GS Code Subject ATPL(A) CPL(A) IR(A/H)
#1 010 AIR LAW

x

x

x

#3 021 AIRCRAFT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE – AIR FRAMES, SYSTEMS, ELECTRICS, POWERPLANTS, EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT

x

x

 

#3 022 AIRCRAFT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE – INSTRUMENTS

x

x

x

#2 031 MASS AND BALANCE

x

x

#2 032 PERFORMANCE

x

x

#2 033 FLIGHT PLANNING AND MONITORING

x

x

x

#1 040 HUMAN PERFORMANCE AND LIMITATIONS

x

x

x

#1 050 METEOROLOGY

x

x

x

#2 061 GENERAL NAVIGATION

x

x

 

#3 062 RADIO NAVIGATION

x

x

x

#1 070 OPERATIONS

x

x

 

#2 081 PRINCIPLES OF FLIGHT

x

x

#1 091 VFR COMMUNICATIONS

x

x

#1 092 IFR COMMUNICATIONS

x

 

x