Commercial Pilot Certificate

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

Commercial Pilot Certificate Requirements

PRIVATE

CERTIFICATE

18

YEARS OF AGE

250

TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS

100

PILOT IN COMMAND HOURS

50

PIC CROSS COUNTRY HOURS

$81.62

CFI HOURLY RATE

$133-199

AIRCRAFT HOURLY RATE

$8,000-29,000

PROGRAM ESTIMATE

10-12 MONTHS

PROGRAM TIME FRAME

Note: Checkride, Testing, and Pilot Equipment costs are not included in this estimate. Training time and costs for a Commercial Certificate varies widely based on the hours you have from previous training and renting.

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

The ground training will be completed through a combination of one-on-one sessions with your instructor and through a home study course. You will learn about advanced aerodynamics and aircraft performance, aviation meteorology and accepting compensation for flying.

Maneuvers Training

Several advanced flight maneuvers must be mastered and demonstrated by the pilot before being able to complete the Commercial Pilot Certificate. Your instructor will work with you to perfect your airmanship before solo practice.

Instructor Endorsement

Your instructor will give you multiple endorsements throughout your training, allowing you to take your FAA Knowledge Exam, Solo Flights and Checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

Solo Flight Training

After perfecting the Commercial Pilot Certificate maneuvers with your instructor, it’s important to practice them while solo, ensuring you can demonstrate the maneuvers without having an instructor in the aircraft. 

Flight Time Building

To be eligible for the Commercial Pilot 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. You will experience several cross-country flights as you accumulate your flight hours.

FAA Knowledge Exam

The FAA Knowledge Exam is a multiple-choice test with 100 questions that covers the fundamental knowledge required to become a Commercial Pilot. Once you and your instructor have determined you’re ready for the test, it can be completed at VFA’s onsite FAA Certified Testing Center. Applicants must study for and pass the examination.

Oral & Practical Exam

After meeting all of the FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate requirements and your instructor has determined you have mastered the maneuvers, and demonstrated the applicable aeronautical knowledge, you will take the Oral Exam and Practical Test with a Designated Pilot Examiner. The Oral Exam focuses on aeronautical decision making, scenario based training, and general knowledge. The Practical Test will evaluate your ability to safely operate the aircraft, and complete several maneuvers and simulated emergency procedures. 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.

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