Commercial Pilot Certificate
Commercial Pilot Requirements
TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS
PILOT IN COMMAND HOURS
PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS
CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT
READ, SPEAK, WRITE, & UNDERSTAND
What Will I Learn?
Accepting Compensation for Flying
Night & High Altitude Operations
Extended Cross Country Flight
Advanced Performance Maneuvers
With your instructor and/or an approved ground course, ground training will give the knowledge required by the FAA.
FLIGHT TIME BUILDING
To be eligible for the Commercial Certificate several flight experiences and time requirements must be met. The largest requirement that must be met is accumulating 250 total flight hours, which means building meaningful flight experience, is the largest part of becoming a Commercial Pilot.
Several advanced flight maneuvers must be mastered and demonstrated by the pilot before being able to complete the Commercial Certificate. Your instructor will work with you to perfect your airmanship before solo practice.
SOLO FLIGHT TRAINING
After perfecting the Commercial Certificate maneuvers with your instructor, it’s important to practice solo, ensuring you can demonstrate the maneuvers without having an instructor in the aircraft.
FAA KNOWLEDGE EXAM
This 100 question FAA Knowledge Exam for the Commercial Pilot Certificate can be completed at VFA’s onsite FAA certified testing center.
ORAL & PRACTICAL EXAM
After meeting all the Commercial Certificate requirements, mastering the maneuvers, and demonstrating the applicable aeronautical knowledge, you will take the Oral Exam and Practical Test with a Designated Pilot Examiner. Upon successful completion, you will be issued your Commercial Pilot Certificate.
How old do I have to be to get my Commercial Pilot certificate?
You need to be at least 18 years old in order to take the Commercial Pilot practical exam.
How long will it take to earn my Commercial Pilot's license?
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.
What can I do once I have my certificate?
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.
Once I get my license, what do I have to do to keep it current?
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.
What will my training involve?
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.
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