There are certain abbreviations which are as common as your daily-use language in a flight career. These are known terms you should be familiar with as a pilot to be.

CPL (Commercial Pilot License)

It is the final step to becoming a pilot. An individual with a commercial pilot license can pilot and co-pilot a flight with remuneration. Unlike PPL which is restricted to non-commercial transportations, CPL is availed for purely commercial flights.

IR (Instrument Rating)

As a mandatory aspect for a professional pilot, IR allows an individual to fly according to instrument flight rules or most commonly known as IFR. It permits you to fly in low visibility conditions or if the flight landing distance is less than 60m. It adds as an addition to your PPL or better known as Private Pilot License.

PPL (Private Pilot License)

With this license, a person can pilot or co-pilot a non-commercial trip without compensation. It is also known as a recreational license. In other words, this license is strictly obtained to develop flying as a hobby and not for professional usage. As it is only for non-commercial purposes, it allows individuals with zero flight experience to engage themselves to this license.

NR (Night Rating)

This can be considered to be an addition to the private pilot license. It gives the license possessor the freedom to fly in late hours under VFR. Any individual who holds a Private pilot license or a class 2 medical is free to enroll themselves in NR.

0 – ATPL (From Zero to Airline Transport Private License)

It mainly enables individuals with very less flying experience to become future pilots. Under EASA regulations, the course initiates with a Private pilot license and proceeds with the Instrument rating. Later it proceeds to Multi-engine aircraft and then a commercial pilot license with ATPL. It is also known to be the topmost level of flight accreditation.

MCC (Multi Crew Co-operation)

As an additional course to a commercial pilot license, multi-crew co-operation enables you to operate multi-pilot and multi-engine aircraft under IFR. It can be completed within a span of 9 days provided it is an intensive training session.

FI, IRI (Flight Instructor License, Instrument Rating Instructor License)

FI stands for Flight Instructor License that allows individuals to train pilots while Instrument Rating Instructor License allows holders to train pilots.

JOC (Jet Orientation Course)

It is the Jet Orientation Course under which advanced training is given to the future airline pilots with no jet handling experience.

So these abbreviations will help you in deciding what level of proficiency you want to reach at in your aviation career.