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Hour Building Newcastle

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Newcastle Hour Building Package

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Humm finance option available

  • 100 hours solo flight

  • Structured Hour Building Training Plan

  • Commercial Mentored • support throughout

  • Unrestricted Runway and ample aircraft availability

  • Essential Books and Materials

Add Ons:

  • Remote ATPL Ground School packages available

Hours building ensures that as a pilot wanting to fly commercially, you have the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to achieve the level required to pass the CPL and IR skills tests.

At Pilot Path, we coordinate closely with our partner flight schools to deliver structured hour building guides and retrospective mentor support helping you get the most out of this leg of your flight training journey. Hour building is the time spent becoming a more rounded pilot, practising all of the things you are taught during your Private Pilot’s Licence and to learn to fly within the much tighter tolerances found in the CPL & IR skills tests.

ATPL (Air Transport Pilot Licence) training takes place in the form of 13 examinations split over various subjects. This is a mandatory requirement when completing your commercial pilot training and will heavily compliment the ground-based training you have already completed. Your ATPL theory course can be complete in either Hybrid distance and class learning or fully remote depending on the partner school you choose to attend.

ATPL exams are created to check you have the correct level of theoretical knowledge that you’ll need to become a pilot and handle any situation that may occur whilst flying. While some of our students may find the prospect of studying for their ATPL daunting, with the right study materials and support, many of our students pass their exams first time.

A happy young female trainee pilot in her uniform beside a plane


  • 100 Hours as Pilot In Command

  • 13 Further ATPL Examinations

  • VFR - Night Rating


Your structured hour building program is designed to help you practice your skills and round your experience so you don’t just achieve “fuel burn” but rather get real life experience of airline rosters, check in/outs, flight planning and de-briefs. Your Commercial Pilot Mentor will meet you at 25 hour intervals to discuss your progress through this program and aid you in any areas you feel need work before progressing to your commercial licence and ratings.


Located in Co. Wicklow, a short distance from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, students will complete their solo hour building and second stage of modular commercial flight training in Newcastle Aerodrome. The aerodrome boasts a 690M grass runway that is usable all year round and with ample car parking, great food, friendly staff and a family friendly atmosphere you’ll soon realise why Newcastle Aerodrome is one of the most unique places to fly in Ireland! With dedicated instructors and staff, the team at Newcastle will help you achieve your ambition of becoming a pilot by providing you with the highest quality training and support as you embark on your flight training journey.


Hours building ensures that as a pilot wanting to fly commercially, you have the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to achieve the level required to pass the CPL and IR skills tests.

You will need to hold a valid PPL before starting your solo hour building.

ATPL exams consist of a further 14 theory examinations after your PPL. These topics you will have studied at a PPL level however these set will be in much more detail where you will get into the nitty gritty elements of the aircraft and flying in general 

This very much depends on weather. If you eager to complete your hour building quickly we do have options available in Florida, USA for example where 100 hours can be completed in as little as 4 weeks.

Unfortunately commercial training requires that students hold a valid PPL and have completed all 100 hours & 14 ATPL examinations.

You have 2 options at this stage. Pilot Path are partnered with ASG & Bristol Groundschool. Both excellent institutions in their own right.

Yes of course! Just get in touch and we can arrange this.

Yes! Pilot Path are Irelands only option for student pilot lending through our official partners – Humm Ireland.

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