Commercial Pilot Training

Together with an instrument rating this opens many doors to a flying career. Your commercial flight training will teach you how to operate a more sophisticated, complex aircraft, with retractable landing gear, a variable pitch propeller and more power than the trainer you used for primary training. You will learn to fly tighter standards and venture further away to airports on cross‐country flights. Should you decide an aviation career isn’t for you, the Commercial certification will still provide you with additional skills to further make you a safer and more confident pilot.


18 years of age
Read, speak, write and understand English
Be a US citizen
If not a US citizen, have TSA clearance
Hold a private pilot certificate
Hold an instrument rating (or the commercial pilot certificate will be limited to day and the transport of passengers less than 50 miles)
100 hours in powered aircraft of which 50 hours must be in airplanes

Completion Requirements

100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time which include: 50 hours in airplanes and 50 hours of cross-country flight with at least 10 in airplanes
20 hours commercial flight training per 61.129 (b) (1)
10 hours in a complex aircraft
10 hours of solo flight time
3 hours flight training in preparation for the practical test
Completion of the required airman knowledge exam
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