COMMERCIAL PILOT PROGRAM in the UAE has the following syllabus and structure.


GCAA Private Pilot License (PPL)

  • 40 Hours Cessna 172 Aircraft
  • 45 Hours Ground Instruction

Hour Building Phase

  • 95 Hours Cessna 172 Aircraft

FAA Instrument Rating (IR)

  • 15 Hours DA 40 G1000 GLASS Aircraft
  • 10 Hours DA 42 G1000 GLASS Aircraft
  • 100 Hours Ground Instruction

The course consists of a minimum 190 hours of ground training and a minimum of 190 hours Single Engine Flight Trainig and 10 hours Multi Engine flight Training, 200 hours minimum at end of CPL course, to obtain UAE GCAA CPL, after successful completion of a flight check.

Written Test

You must pass three knowledge tests with a score of 75% or better (PPL, IR, and CPL). This test is administered at GCAA facility. The test consists of 75 multiple-choice questions.

Flight Test

You must successfully complete a three practical tests (PPL, IR, and CPL), which will be given as a final exam by a GCAA inspector or a designated examiner. The GCAA designated examiners are proficient, experienced flight instructors who are authorized by the GCAA to conduct flight tests. There is a fee for the flight


  • High school or equivalent as a minimum education
  • Good command of the English language
  • Minimum age 17 year to enrol for the course and 18 years to obtain a licence
  • Class I Medical certificate by a UAE GCAA physician
  • All student required by law to get security clearance prior to commencing flight training in the U.A.E . (Sunsea with its partner flying schoolwill apply for your security clearance when all your documents with course application fee received.)
  • Personal interview with the flying school enrolment committee


Approximately 18 months