This course is in part an answer to the call by industry including the Air Transport Association (ATA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) to “raise the bar” both in standards and content of ab initio commercial pilot training to meet the ever increasing demand for professional pilots.
The CPCC course includes advanced training concepts such as Crew Resource management (CRM), Advanced decision Making (ADM), Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT), and Crew Coordination. Upon successful completion of the American Flight Training Center Commercial Pilot Certification Course (CPCC) the student may complete the American Flight Training Center “jet transition” course and be ready for air carrier or business jet operations.
The primary objective of ground training is to provide students with well above normal Commercial Pilot and instrument rating level knowledge in understanding the following subjects.
- Aircraft Systems, Airworthiness, Aerodynamics, Loading, Performance, Airspace, Airports, Air Traffic Control, Safety of Flight, High Altitude Operations, Aviation Weather and Weather charts, Recognition of critical weather situations and wind-shear avoidance, Federal Aviation Regulations, Aeronautical Information Manual, Navigation Planning, Avionics, and Flight Physiology.
- Aeronautical decision making and judgment; and crew resource management (CRM), including crew communication and coordination.
There are 5 ground training curriculum segments, which include a total of 46 modules. The final module in each segment is a testing module. The testing module is knowledge tests that include questions that are from a question bank pertinent to the segment being tested. The passing grade for each testing module is 70%. The ground testing segment, which includes the end of course, test constitutes the FAA written tests for Commercial Pilot Airplane and Instrument Airplane.
There are 5 flight training curriculum segments which include a total of 61 modules, and one flight testing segment including one module for the end of course test. The final module in each segment is a testing module. Each testing module is an evaluation by a qualified instructor and is therefore considered both dual instruction and evaluation. The flight testing segment which includes the end of course test is the practical test for the Commercial Pilot Certificate Airplane Multiengine Land, and the Instrument Airplane Rating.