• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: £39,500
    • Type: MEP CPL & IR
    • Duration: 23 weeks (subject to scheduling)
    • Required experience: Private Pilot Licence, Theoretical Knowledge and a minimum of 150 hours flight time (100 hours must be pilot-in-command)
    • Training aircraft: Multi-Engine piston aircraft and Simulators
  • Graduation qualifications
    Graduation qualifications
    • Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating (MEP)
    • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
    • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Supporting downloads

Pilot training courses

MEP & IR with CPL

Our Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating (MEP) & Instrument Rating (IR) with Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training is an essential step in launching your career as a commercial airline pilot. 

Course overview

A Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is designed to increase the proficiency of your practical flying skills and theoretical knowledge to a commercial standard. So you are equipped with advanced flight training skills to propel you onto your intermediate training.

The Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) class rating allows you to fly a twin-engine aircraft and fly the aircraft solely with reference to the in-cockpit instrumentation allowing you to fly in conditions with reduced visibility such as in the clouds. 

A MEP CPL & IR can be completed as part of our Modular ATPL course which offers cadets greater flexibility to pay and train for their frozen ATPL qualification in bite-size chunks.

After successful completion of the MEP CPL & IR, you will need to complete Instrument Rating (IR) skills test, Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) and APS Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) training

How long does the course take?

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MEP & IR with CPL

MEP IR CPL training course footprint

  • 23 weeks Total
  • 31.5 hours Breifing
  • 88.1 hours flying and

Flight training

  • Multi-Engine Piston class (MEP) Rating - 7hrs briefing / 7.5 hrs flying and SIM
  • Basic Instrument Flying Module (BIFM) - 5hrs briefing / 10.6 hrs flying and SIM
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) - 10hrs briefing / 25hrs flying and SIM
  • Procedural Instrument Flight Module (PIFM) - 9.5hrs briefing / 45hrs flying and SIM

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MEP & IR with CPL

Entry criteria

Cadets will need to hold a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) with 150 flying hours and have completed their Theoretical Knowledge training before they can begin their MEP IR CPL training. If you do not hold a PPL and/or have 150 flying hours logged, our PPL training course and our Hours Building programme can get you there. For more information on how to become a private pilot and obtain your PPL, click here.

You must also meet our entry criteria. Read our pilot qualifications and requirements guide for more information.

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application and at least 18 to commence training.


Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants who fall outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment in our training aircraft and simulators.


Fluent in English (spoken and written).


Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.


We offer an English Language Proficiency course for international students:


  • Cost: €500
  • Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
  • Location: Remote study (students can join the classes remotely via Zoom)
  • Content: 5 hours tuition per day to improve your English for aviation skills. The price includes initial and final assessment. If the cadet achieves the required standard at the end of the course they will be invited to start their ATPL training


Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C/4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.




Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent).


Be able to obtain:


UKCAA Class 1 Medical if you are training for a UKCAA ATPL licence.




EASA Class 1 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL licence.


Studying in Europe:


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland (e.g. EEA/Swiss national, UK national with EU settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the European Union requirements to qualify for an EU Student or Study visa.



Studying in the UK:


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months).

Background checks

Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.


What is the selection process?

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MEP & IR with CPL

Selection process onto the MEP CPL IR course


1. Overview

Selection is mandatory. You will not be required to sit the technical elements of selection (subject to PPL logbook review by our selection team). You will still be required to attend an interview.


2. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.


3. Selection day

Providing your application passes our screening process you will then be invited to your selection day which will consist of an interview.

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MEP & IR with CPL

MEP IR CPL course costs

Cost of MEP IR CPL: £39,500 (inc. VAT)

Fee structure:

  • Initial deposit of £7,900
  • 4x instalment of £7,900
  • Payment schedule will be confirmed at time of booking

 What is included in the price?

  • Airport fees
  • Air travel to allocated training locations (if applicable)
  • Return transfer to and from airport to training location (if application)
  • Licence issue
  • Uniform

 Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fee: Free of charge until the end of 2021
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and Licence Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if application)
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances
Pilot training costs and how to fund it

What are my career prospects?

Once you have successfully completed your Multi-Engine Piston Class Rating (MEP) Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) & Instrument Rating (IR) these combined make up a ‘frozen ATPL’. With a ‘frozen ATPL’, you’ll be able to apply for roles as a First Officer or Co-Pilot.

We recommend you go on to complete your UPRT and APS MCC training which will place you in a much better position to secure your first role with a UK and European airline.

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What is better, ATPL or CPL?

ATPL is an Airline Transport Pilot Licence and is the highest level of pilot certification to embark on a career as a First Officer.

CPL is a Commercial Pilot Licence and enables you to act as a pilot in command of a small piston engine for commercial purposes.

What is Instrument Rating (IR) in aviation?

Instrument Rating (IR) in aviation is a ‘Type Rating’ which enables pilots to fly under instrument flight rules. IR training goes beyond what is required for PPL and CPL and includes rules and procedures specific to instrument flying.

What is a Multi-Engine Instrument Rating?

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating teaches cadets to fly in both challenging and poor weather conditions as well as Class A airspace.

How long will it take to complete my MEP IR & CPL training?

On average, your MEP IR & CPL training programme will take 23 weeks for completion subject to handling. During this time you will complete your:

  • Multi-Engine Piston (MEP) class rating
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Basic Instrument Flying Module (BIFM)
  • Procedural Instrument Flight Module (PIFM)

What are your funding options for my MEP IR & CPL training?

All of our training programmes are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We ourselves are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

For more information, please visit our finance and funding page by clicking the link below.

Discover your airline pilot training funding and finance options.

What aircraft will I train on during MEP IR & CPL training?

Cadets training towards their MEP IR & CPL have access to L3Harris’ impressive fleet and the very latest training systems.

With one of the largest fleets in the industry, over 191 aircraft to be specific, cadets will learn on a variety of modern training aircraft, including:

  • Single-engine Diamond DA40
  • Multi-engine Diamond DA42
  • Piper Archer PA28
  • Multi-engine DA42 with glass cockpits
  • Garmin G1000 Electronic Flight Instruments (EFIS)

Can I choose where I do my CPL training?

No, you can not choose where to do your CPL training. You will complete your MEP IR CPL training at our flight schools in Cranfield or Bournemouth in the UK, or Ponte de Sor in Portugal.

Our UK-based flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) whilst our Portugal flight school is approved by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

All our flight schools provide cadets with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircraft, flight simulators and flight training devices as well as receive world-class tuition from experienced instructors.

Ready to start your application?

Take your first step towards becoming an airline pilot and start your application - you don't need to complete it in one attempt. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our selection events!

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