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I Want To Be A Commercial Pilot  
User currently offlineThreeFourThree From Australia, joined Nov 2007, 222 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

So yeah, basically what the title says, I want to be a commercial pilot flying a plane like the A380 or the 787 maybe something else.

So I'm living in Australia (if it makes any difference)
I would roughly like to know the cost from beginning to end and how long it takes from the very beginning to me piloting my first flight.

Thank You.

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User currently offlineWILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9320 posts, RR: 69
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Well, there have been many threads asking these questions... use the search engine here for the forum.
Or google for flight schools in Australia, you should find there most of the information.

I can't really help you because I am from Germany and I don't know anything about flight training in Australia.

Your profile says you are 13-15, so I guess you still have a few years until you actually can start flying commercial.

Good Luck

WILCO737 (MD11F)

User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 7154 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4191 times:


How much does it cost to achieve a PPL/CPL?
PPL between $8,000 and $10,000 - depending on how quickly you learn, how often you fly etc. Once you have the licence you have it for the rest of your life - so it's a one-off expense!
A CPL will cost a minimum of $25,000, but it will be very hard to get a job with just a bare CPL. You really need to look at additional qualifications on top of your CPL, so a minimum of around $40,000 is more realistic. This is quite comparable to a lot of tertiary education nowadays. Even going to University and incurring debt under HECS will cost a minimum of $20,000!

Start saving!!

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User currently offlineN710PS From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4160 times:

Get ready to spend big bucks. I would reccomend to get a $80,000 USD loan and prepare to mooch off mommy and daddy for quite a while. I am still living at home with mom and dad unfortuneately for the most part when I am home in NY though me and the girlfriend have taked pretty extensively about buying a house sometime soon in the Charlotte area so I can afford to pay back the loans AND eat in the same pay period.

There is plenty of room for Gods animals, right next to the mashed potatoes!
User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1874 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4114 times:

CPL is too expensive. How did you fund yourself (i am not talking to anybody personaly) ?

User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4068 times:


So basically get started as soon as possible because to get hired by Qantas or any other major airline, you have to have at least 1500 hours. You can get the hours through the military or smaller/regional airlines. To fly the A380/B787 will take a looong time. There is only one thing better than flying... and that's getting paid to fly. Qantas actually has a cadet program you could look into too.

Quoting WILCO737 (Reply 1):
Your profile says you are 13-15, so I guess you still have a few years until you actually can start flying commercial.

In Canada you can solo at 14 (or is it 16  Confused) and can get your CPL when your 18 but train before then.

Enjoy the training because there's a lot of it!


User currently offlineMatt2242 From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3951 times:


I was once in the same boat as you are now and I found the best way of finding a school was to actually to go visit a number of individual flying schools to see if they can cater to your needs, not theres. If you live near a major city as well generally theres one, two or even three airports that you can choose to fly from which offer a number of flying schools. For example I'm in Melbourne and I had either Moorabbin or Essendon or even Point Cook to choose from. In the end I choose Moorabbin because its a GAAP airport and it saves money having to fly to other GAAP airports.

Also don't forget that scholarships and cadet ships for flying are popping up left right and centre for Regional Express and Qantas and Pregrine Aviation which can save alot of money.

If you want to pay your own way, the cheapest way to a CPL is around $35,000 to $40,000 whereas more expensive schools charge up to $60,000 to $70,000 almost. That includes the GFPT and PPL as well as a CPL. Endorsements and ratings cost a little more.

If your looking at flying on the A380 or the 787, then glass cockpit experience could be beneficial, so you might want to find a school that offers training on Garmin 1000s.


User currently offlineAlexEU From Nauru, joined Oct 2007, 1874 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 3934 times:

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Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 3897 times:
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