1. How long is the Commercial Pilot’s Licence with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR) course? How is the course integrated with the Frozen Airline Transport Licence (ATPL) course?

The duration on average of the CPL/IR course is 24 months – This is to ensure the continuity of an effective academic program and flight training necessary to obtain a Commercial Pilot’s Licence.

The Frozen ATPL course is integrated with CPL/IR in a way that when a cadet completes and secures his/her Commercial Pilot’s Licence, he/she will already be equipped with necessary knowledge and experience to take the EASA Frozen ATPL exam. Upon completion, the cadet pilot will acquire a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence and will be fully qualified for a career with major airlines.

2. Is it essential for me to pursue the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence) course?

It is highly recommended as most countries require a pilot with an ATPL to fly an aircraft.

3. Do you conduct part time courses?

All courses are offered on a full time basis.

4. How is the training scheduled?

For the PPL course, flying and ground classes are scheduled daily.

For the Integrated CPL/IR with Frozen ATPL courses, the first 7.5 months are dedicated to ground school, comprising Phases 1a, 1b, 2a & 2b. Only once the ground examinations have all been successfully passed can a cadet start their flight training. The whole course on average takes around 24 months to complete. However, the maximum time allowed by the CAAM is 30 months from the date of the first exam sitting.

5. What are the examinations I am required to appear for a CPL/IR licence?

The examinations are:

Phase 1a Phase 1b Phase 2a Phase 2b
Principles of Flight Aircraft General Knowledge Systems Radio Navigation Aircraft Performance
Human Performance Meteorology General Navigation Flight Planning
VFR Communications Aircraft General Knowledge Instrumentation Mass & Balance Air Law 1
IFR Communications   Type Technical Air Law 2
      Ops Procedures

6. What is the passing mark for the examinations?

The passing marks are:

  • CPL ground subjects (CAAM and EASA) – 75%
  • ATPL EASA – 75%
  • PPL ground subjects – 70%
  • VFR Communications (EASA) – 75%

7. What is the ground examination rules for the CPL / IR with Frozen ATPL?

  • The examination rules on passing and re-sitting for EASA FCL is that a candidate must complete all required ground examination papers within 12 months from his/her first sitting, with a maximum of four (initial + 3 re-sits) sittings.
  • Failing which, he/she has to re-sit all papers after a grace period of 3 months at the expiry of the 12 months period.
  • Cadets who fail any examination four times or exceed the 12 months’ time limit from their first examination sitting will not be allowed to continue their course at MFA

8. Who is the examining authority for the Malaysian CPL?

The examining authority is as follows :
Flight Crew Licensing
Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia
Level 2, Block Podium B, Lot 4G4, Precinct 4
Federal Government Administrative Centre
62570 Putrajaya, Malaysia

Telephone: 603 8871 4000
Fax: 603 8871 4334

9. What are the different flight tests for CPL and CPL/IR?

The CPL flight tests are carried out on the Single Engine aircraft whereas the type rating and the IR is carried out on the Twin Engine Aircraft.

For CPL (Single Engine) the following flight tests are carried out by a CAAM, Malaysia authorised examiner:

  • Navigation
  • Instrument Flying
  • General Flying

For CPL/IR the following flight tests are carried out by a CAAM authorised examiner:

  • Multi Engine
  • Instrument Rating

10. What is the profile of a test?

Applicants for a professional pilot’s licence will be required to pass a General Flight Test (GFT) conducted by a CAAM, Malaysia flight examiner or an authorised examiner. The GFT must be carried out in an aircraft. The test consists of an assessment of the applicant’s preparation for pre take-off procedures, flight and three flight sections as follows:

Section 1: Cross-Country Flight
Section 2: Basic Aircraft Handling
Section 3: Instrument Flying

The detailed content of the test may be obtained from CAAM, Malaysia’s Flight Crew Licensing Office.

11. What are the special conditions of a frozen ATPL certificate?

The completion of the ATPL theoretical knowledge examinations will remain valid for the issuance of an ATPL for a period of 7 years from the last validity date of an IR entered in the licence.

12. What are the requirements of obtaining a Full ATPL (Licence)?

Applicants for an ATPL(A) must complete a minimum of 1500 hours of flight time in airplanes, including at least:

  1. 500 hours in multi-pilot operations on airplanes;
  2. (i) 500 hours as PICUS;
    (ii) 250 hours as PIC; or
    (iii) 250 hours, including at least 70 hours as PIC, and the remaining as PICUS.
  3. 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours are as PIC or as PICUS;
  4. 75 hours of instrument time of which not more than 30 hours may be instrument ground time; and
  5. 100 hours of night flight as PIC or co-pilot.

Of the 1500 hours of flight time, up to 100 hours of flight time may be completed in an FFS or FNPT. Of these 100 hours, only a maximum of 25 hours may be completed in an FNPT.

13. Is there an age limit to undertake the CPL/IR course?

The minimum age for the issue of a Student Pilot’s Licence is 17, therefore you cannot commence your training until 17. For the issue of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence the minimum age is 18 and for the issue of an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence the minimum age is 21.

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