How many hours do I need to have a PIC before I start an IR / ME / CPL license?

Frequently Asked Questions


  • You will need to reach 70 PIC hours to make IR / ME. (the 10-hour solo flight you fly in PPL is calculated as PIC)
  • You need to reach 100 PIC hours to do CPL training (10 hours of flight in PPL is calculated as PIC)


  • To begin IR / ME warrants, you must have traveled for a total of 130 hours with 80 hours of PIC (including 10 hours of PPL) and NVFR (5 hours). To start a CPL license, you need 150 hours of flight and a Medical 1 certificate.