Prerequisites for IR, CPL, and MCC

After your NF qualification the natural next step is the instrument flying rating (IR) or commercial pilot licence (CPL).

Unlike most other schools, Aeropole does not require you to hold the Night Flying qualification (NF) before (or during or after) the Instrument Rating course.

Part FCL requires the below when you send in your application to the Finnish CAA at the end of your IR/CPL training. You may prefer to have all those requirements fulfilled already before you start your IR or CPL course. Also note that there are minimum requirements to be fulfilled before enrolling on the course (prerequisites).

Experience requirements for CPL

Before starting the CPL course you must have:

  • PPL and
  • 150 h of total flight experience.

When you send in your application to the Finnish CAA after the course, you must have:

  • 200 h of total flight experience, of which
    • 100 h as Pilot in Command (PIC).
    • 10 h of instrument flight training (which will be part of your CPL course, unless you already have the IR rating).
    • 20 h cross-country flight experience as PIC, including a flight of at least 300 NM in total involving a landing at two different aerodromes other than the departure aerodrome.
    • at most 30 h may be as a PIC on TMG or glider.
  • 18 years of age.
  • The Night Flying (NF) rating, or having finished the respective training at Aeropole.
  • Class 1 medical certificate.

Note, that the 25 h (15 h for IR holders) flown during the CPL course will increase your total flight experience (cf. above requirements of 200 h and 10 instrument hours), but they do not increase your PIC cross-country flight experience.

Experience Requirements for the Instrument Flying (IR) Rating

Before starting the IR course you must have:

  • PPL or CPL, that’s all!

When you send in your application to the Finnish CAA after the course, you must have:

  • 50 h of cross-country flight experience as PIC on an aeroplane.
  • Class 2 medical certificate with a hearing test (audiogram).

According to Part FCL, if the applicant does not have an NF rating the privileges of IR cannot be used at night–but the requirement of needing to have NF before starting IR training has been lifted. Generally we do recommend getting NF first, but due to the Finnish seasonal variation in light, it may sometimes make more sense to start with IR training first.

Prerequisites for MCC

To undertake MCC training, you will need to have

  • a multi-engine rating: in practice, MEP
  • have at least a PPL(A) licence with an IR rating: in practice, we recommend CPL first and MEP with the associated IR privileges.

Starting Dates

We’ll start whenevery you want! We have a rotating schedule with the theory ground schools and scheduling of practical flight training is done according to your own targets.

More Information

See the FAQ (in Finnish).


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