|I have noticed quite a few posts by CPL students asking very basic questions about the CPL training requirements and regulatory questions. While I think it is important that this forum be seen as a venue where new pilots can access the knowledge of many very experienced pilots, I also think it is important that pilots working towards their CPL need to make a mental shift. In the PPL training you basically get spoon fed what you need to know, but as budding professional pilots you need to start thinking for yourself. The Chief pilot of the operation where you get your first job isn't going to want to hold your hand.
So first off I think you need to take ownership of your training. That means learning exactly what the requirements of the CPL license are and developing a plan with your instructor and FTU on what you are going to do with all of your flying from the end of the PPL to the CPL flight test.
Second I think that a basic understanding of the CARS and the regulations and structures governing commercial flight operations
For instance you should IMO know the following
What is the CARS regulatory authority you are operating under when you
-fly with a friend in a private aircraft
-rent an aircraft from an FTU
-Are receiveing dual instruction
- conducting a photographic flight
-are flying MR and MRS John Q Public from A to B in a C 172 as a charter.
Other things :
Be able to understand and provide a short explanation of (listed in no particular order): OC, AMO, MCM, Ops manual, OFP, PPC, PCC, Manifest, load control, load control document, Defect, defect rectification, AD, dispatch, self dispatch, operational control, elementary tasks, elementary task training