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Commercial Pilot Rating

Earning Your License

The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows a pilot to accept payment for transporting passengers or cargo (when complying with FAR PART 135 or 121.) The certificate is required for other pilot positions such as flight instruction, banner towing, and aerial photography.

The certificate never expires. ’Training may be accomplished in any of our glass panel, Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA). This training fine tunes piloting skills. Minimum age requirement is 18 years and the course, based on 2-3 sessions per week, is normally about two months.

The FAA Requirements

  • 250 hrs. total flight time (50 hrs. of FTD time allowed)
  • 100 hrs. in powered aircraft
  • 100 hrs. pilot-in-command (no flight instructor)
    • 50 hrs. in an airplane
    • 50 hrs. of cross-country flying
  • 20 hrs. of training (ground and flight)
    • 10 hrs. of instrument training
    • 10 hrs. of instruction in a Technically Advanced Aircraft
    • 100 nm., 2 hr. day cross-country flight
    • 100 nm., 2 hr. night cross-country flight
    • 3 hrs. preparing for the FAA checkride
  • 10 hrs. of solo flying
    • One 300 nm. flight that’s at least 250 nm. from departure airport
    • 5 hrs. of night flying including 10 takeoffs and landings

Flight Training Sequence

  1. Complex airplane
  2. Advanced ground reference maneuvers
  3. Advanced takeoffs and landings
  4. Advanced flight maneuvers
  5. Extended cross-county flying
  6. Review for the FAA written test
  7. Review for the FAA checkride

How Much Does it Cost?

$4,788.23

*Now hold on a moment… that price is using FAA’s absolute minimum training with our current rates. This quote would consider your ability to learn and fly is 100% perfect in every way.

Few students complete their training at the FAA minimum hours. Your hours will vary based on your skills, frequency of flight and effort in studying the materials.

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