Commercial



Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to speak, read, write, and understand the English language
  • Hold a second class FAA medical certificate
  • Pass the required knowledge test with a minimum score of 70%
  • Pass the required practical test with an FAA Designated Examiner
  • Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Must hold an instrument rating for certification under Part 141

Commercial License:

  • Requires 250 hours of flight training. This includes 35 hours of Dual Flight Time and 20 hours of Solo Flight Time.
  • You will work one on one with an instructor throughout your training. This includes any ground work.
  • There is no required ground training though you will need it. You are encouraged to read and study with recommended material at home.
  • There is no application process to fly with our flight school. We will set you up with an instructor that fits your schedule, and you can begin training right away.
  • Each flight will go over a specific lesson based off of our training course outline.

Privileges and Limitations:

    With a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you can act as Pilot in Command (PIC) of an aircraft carrying persons or property for compensation or hire. Employment as a commercial pilot can range from crop dusting, pipeline patrol, fish spotting, hauling parachute jumpers, ferrying airplanes, banner towing, glider towing, sightseeing rides and even passenger flights. If you do not have an instrument rating, you will be limited to flying for hire within 50 nautical miles of your departure airport, and not allowed to fly for hire at night. If you are participating in the part 141 program, you must have an instrument rating prior to undertaking the Commercial Pilot course. The only other limitation for flying commercially is that you have the appropriate ratings for the aircraft you are being paid to fly.

FAQ

You need to be at least 18 years old in order to take the Commercial Pilot practical exam.
If you already have the minimum required flight experience, the amount of time needed to prepare for the Commercial Pilot practical test will largely depend on how long it takes to become proficient in the required maneuvers. Your instructor will determine when you are ready to take the exam.
With a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you can get paid to do certain types of flying. Some examples are: flying skydivers, scenic and photo flights, banner towing, or crop dusting. The Commercial Certificate is also a requirement to become a Certified Flight Instructor.
You can keep your license current in one of two ways. You can add another certificate or rating or, alternatively, you can take a biennial flight review (once every 24 calendar months) with an authorized flight instructor.
Your training will involve a certain amount of dual instruction (with an instructor). You will also need some ground instruction. You can lessen the hours you spend going over ground training with your instructor, if you study the material at home. (Remember, ground is not required, but you will need it.)
Not necessarily. We try to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training for your own benefit, since it allows the instructor to better gauge your progress, and it will prevent you from becoming confused by the slightly different techniques of different pilots. However, choosing the instructor that is right for you is a very important decision, and there is nothing wrong with trying a flight with each of our instructors in the beginning. This way, you may choose the one with whom you feel most comfortable.