Commercial Pilots

Becoming a commercial pilot opens a number of doors for a private pilot, and allows you to start making money flying instead of having to spend money!

The commercial pilot check ride prep course is taught either full time for 5 days or part time for 10-14 days. More lengthy programs are available upon request! We, at Pilot Training America adjust classes and courses according to your needs and capabilities.

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Why Earn A Commercial Pilot Certificate?

So now you have your Private Pilot Certificate and have taken some time to build up a hundred hours or so, and you begin thinking of the next step: Becoming a Commercial Pilot, by earning your Commercial Pilot Certificate.  Now you have the opportunity to earn money to fly commercially.  This will help pay for the cost of your next step toward your professional flying career and ultimately your Air Transport Pilot  (ATP) License.

What Are The Benefits Of The Commercial Pilot License?

When most people think about becoming a commercial pilot, they are thinking about the pilots who fly airliners around the world. The truth is that most pilots who fly airliners hold an Air Transport Pilot Certificate which is the next step after the Commercial Pilot Certificate.

But the Commercial Pilot Certificate is an important pilot license to acquire for a number of reasons:

  1. You will attain a level of flight proficiency which will keep you safe;
  2. You will be able to acquire a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Certificate to teach others how to fly;
  3. You can charge for your services as a pilot;
  4. You open a world of opportunity for yourself if you want to earn a living flying airplanes.

What Are The Basic Part 61 Requirements For A Commercial Pilot Certificate?

  1. Be at least 18 years old;
  2. Be proficient in English;
  3. Pass the required FAA Knowledge Test
  4. Hold a Private Pilot Certificate or meet the requirements for a Private Pilot Certificate
  5. Have at least 250 logged hours of flight time as a pilot
  6. 100 hours in powered aircraft including 50 hours in airplanes
  7. 100 hours of pilot in command time including:
    • 50 hours in airplanes;
    • 50 hour of cross country flying
  8. 10 hours of instrument training
  9. 10 hours in a retractable gear aircraft with a controllable pitch propeller
  10. 5 hours of night VFR with 10 takeoffs and landings
  11. 1 2-hour cross country of more than 100 nautical mils
  12. 1 300 nautical mile cross country with a minimum of 3 landings and one leg of at least 250 miles
  13. 3 hours of preparation for the practical flight test with a CFI

What Can You Do With A Commercial Pilot Certificate?

Once you have your Commercial Pilot Certificate you can be paid to fly an airplane.  Many such pilots become  Certified Flight Instructors (with some additional training) and teach others how to fly.