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CPL Theory Self-Study

Old 4th Oct 2020, 18:14
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CPL Theory Self-Study

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First time poster (since leaving the forum almost a decade ago now!). Back then I was an aspiring ATCO - much has happened since leaving NATS. Anyway...

I am doing some dream building, and was wondering what options there were for me to do my CPL theory. I work full time in a non-aviation industry and earn a good salary. I won't be doing any ground school courses to do the theory, but I have heard that many people do self-study. I cannot find any resources for this, though. Could someone please point me to any book sets which cover the CPL theory required to pass the exams>
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 05:10
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Just to check you actually mean the CPL exams and not the ATPLs? Are you aiming to fly commercially using the licence rather than just the odd bit of ferrying etc? Whilst yes you do only need a CPL to get into an Airbus, in reality you’ll need ATPL exam credits. Because of this 99% of people just do the 14 ATPL exams and because of that 99% of the courses will be ATPL not CPL.

Just had a quick google and most of the usual places (Bristol etc) only do ATPL courses. There’s one or two that will do CPL exams but they seem to be ran as a bit of an add on to their normal ATPL courses.
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 06:20
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Thanks for the reply. Yes, I mean CPL exams. I'm not aim to fly for the airlines, so yes just a little ferrying and when I retire for the corporate world I'll look to do CFI for a few years. I understand that ATPL is about 50% more theory - which I can tolerate I guess, but would rather not if I didn't have to. Based on what you have said, am I right in thinking that if I got my ATPL then I could also do ferrying and instructing outside of the airlines?
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 06:45
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If you intend doing an IR it is more convenient to do the ATP anyway. If you plan to instruct, you only need CPL theory, not the licence to do PPL. We run specific CPL courses.
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As Paco said, if you're looking at an Instrument Rating, you may as well do the ATPL exams. When planning, just keep an eye on the exam expiry dates.
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Old 5th Oct 2020, 21:26
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If you're gonna do any ferry flying you will want an IR...
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 06:12
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Ok, thanks all for the help. I think I have a path now.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 08:00
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As an ATCO course veteran you should not find much of the CPL/ATPL a self-study challenge , but I would recommend the investment of a week brush-up course where you will learn as much about the way the examiners think and elephant traps set by them as you learn about the subject matter.
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Old 6th Oct 2020, 21:23
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Just to add - LEARN THE BANK
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 16:01
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Ok, great - that's good to know. I thought there would be considerable overlap with that, but nice to hear it confirmed - thanks!
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 16:02
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Ok, will do - thanks! But I have heard that a lot of the questions have changed recently?
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Old 7th Oct 2020, 16:28
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Thumbs up

Its all on YouTube
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Old 9th Oct 2020, 05:53
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It isn’t all on YouTube as those videos were copyright material of CAE and have been pulled down. Also, please do not just learn the banks as was suggested above, yes they help enormously but you do need to know the material. Most important thing to remember is RTFQ. I’ll vouch for CAPT as I did my CPL exams last year with them. In hindsight I should have done the ATPL exams as I am now studying for the CBIR exams, decided in lockdown to gain a full SEIR as well as an FI.
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