Commercial Pilot Certificate

Ready to turn your hobby into a career? Your Commercial Certificate will allow you to get your first flying job. 

Commercial Pilot Requirements

18

YEARS OLD

250

TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS

100

PILOT IN COMMAND HOURS

50

PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS

300 NM

CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT

ENGLISH

READ, SPEAK, WRITE, & UNDERSTAND

What Will I Learn?

Ground Knowledge:

Advanced Aerodynamics  

Aviation Meteorology 

Aircraft Performance 

Accepting Compensation for Flying 

Flight Experience:

Night & High Altitude Operations 

Extended Cross Country Flight 

Advanced Performance Maneuvers 

Instrument Flying 

TRAINING BREAKDOWN

GROUND TRAINING

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. 

MANEUVERS TRAINING 

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. 

 

THE VFA DIFFERENCE

ADVANCED FLEET

With the largest and most advanced rental fleet in the state, VFA has the right aircraft for you. All of our aircraft are maintained to the highest standards by our in-house maintenance department.

PASSIONATE STAFF

VFA has a diverse group of passionate and knowledgeable instructors here to help you achieve your goals. No matter your learning style, we have the right instructor for you.

AVIATION COMMUNITY

When you join us at VFA, you join a passionate community dedicated to furthering aviation education in Vermont. Every lesson you take at VFA helps to contribute to providing flights to underprivileged children in Vermont.

FAQ

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.

General Information

HOURS:

Monday - Friday | 8AM - 5PM

Saturday | 9AM - 4PM

Sunday | 9AM - 3PM

* Hours are subject change.

PHONE:

802.863.5988

EMAIL :

office@flyvfa.org

LOCATION:

355 Valley Road
South Burlington, VT 05403

Vermont Flight Academy