Licenses required to become a pilot


What would your day-to-day life at work be like if your office had the best view of any profession? How would you feel if that office was at the controls of an aeroplane, turboprop, business jet, or any other type of aircraft? A unique feeling of being able to fly, can there be a better job?

If you are interested in starting your training and getting your pilot’s licence, we have to start first of all with a question to ask yourself:

Do you know what kind of pilot you would like to be?
Do you know what type of licence you will need for your career as a pilot?
Have you researched how many different types of pilot licences there are?


Before we go any further we should be clear that an airline transport pilot is a type of commercial pilot, but conversely a commercial pilot is not always an airline pilot.


We emphasise this distinction at this point because we are often misinformed about what a commercial pilot is, where we should not assume that a commercial pilot is an airline pilot.

There are many types of commercial pilots, air cargo pilots, tourist pilots, flight instructors, fumigation pilots, plane tugging pilots and of course airline transport pilots.

Types of Pilot Licenses


Light Aviation Pilot License - LAPL

This is a license that does not require experience or previous knowledge of aeronautics, thanks to this license you will be able to fly light recreational aircraft with a maximum weight. If you are looking for a hobby as exciting as flying, this could be your best option. Within this division we can find different options.

    • Glider Pilot Licence (SPL)
    • Balloon Pilot Licence
    • Ultralight Airframe Licence (ULM)

This is the licence that will allow you to fly aircraft not intended for commercial exploitation, for private purposes, i.e. not for profit. It is the first step to follow if your objective is to become a commercial pilot. You can start the course at the age of 16 years old and you must be 17 years old to be able to take the exam.

Upon completion of the Modular Commercial Airplane Pilot Course, CPL(A), you will be able to fly aircraft as pilot in command or co-pilot of any aircraft engaged in operations other than commercial air transport, act as pilot in command in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aircraft and/or act as co-pilot in commercial air transport subject to specific restrictions according to the regulations in force.

The practical part of the Modular Program for obtaining the Commercial Pilot License CPL(A), consists of 15 hours of real flight for students with Instrument Rating (IR), or on the contrary 25 hours of real flight for those students who do not yet have the Instrument Rating (IR) where all the maneuvers, procedures and requirements demanded by the regulations are rigorously complied with.

License with which you will be able to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot of any aircraft dedicated to operations other than commercial air transport; act as pilot in command in commercial air transport operations in any aircraft certified for a single pilot and act as co-pilot in commercial air transport of airlines. The program is developed in stages following different modules from less to more complex, obtaining upon completion the Commercial Pilot License CPL(A) and ATPL(A) Frozen.

Once you are clear about how to become a pilot, it is important to fulfil the main requirements needed to start your training, and our team of training advisors will help you with this.

What should I do if I want to become a commercial airline pilot?

If you want to obtain the license that will allow you to fulfill your dream of flying as an Airline Pilot, ATPL FROZEN is undoubtedly the course you should look for, which will allow you the maximum flexibility having a customized training according to your needs, but being able to obtain your Airline Transport Pilot License, ATPL(A) as soon as possible according to the regulations and being able to develop it in a personalized program.

The ATPL Frozen program contains several phases and different stages of training, both theoretical and practical, equivalent to the course PPL (A) + ATPL (A), i.e. more than 822 hours of theoretical instruction, where the student will learn the theoretical knowledge necessary to perform the practical modular courses where once reaching the required level according to the regulations, he/she will be able to obtain first of all the Private Pilot License (PPL), then the Instrument Rating (IR) and finally the Commercial Pilot License (CPL).


  1. Private Pilot’s License -PPL (A)
  2. Theoretical part of the ATPL (A) License, where once the 14 subjects have been completed, the remaining stages can continue to be completed.
  3. VFR Flight Hours – Time Building
  4. VFR-N Night Flight Rating (A)
  5. Multi-Engine Flight Rating
  6. Multi-Engine Instrument Flight Rating
  7. Commercial Pilot License Airplane – CPL (A)
  8. Upset Prevention Recovery Training – UPRT
  9. Multi Crew Cooperation Course – MCC
  10. Airline Transport License

Our pilot school works for the professional excellence of each student.
We are accompanied by instructors with more than 20 years of experience and state-of-the-art aircraft.

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Do you know what to study to become a pilot? We explain the requirements, the types of pilots and the different licenses.

Do you know the necessary requirements to start a career as an airline pilot? We explain them to you one by one.

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