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“It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane." - Charles Lindbergh

The commercial pilot certificate allows you to fly passengers, cargo, or the aircraft itself for hire. Certain flying operations may have their own additional requirements, but they all require the commercial pilot certificate. The commercial pilot certificate will give you a greater appreciation for your aircraft, its systems, and handling.

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FAA Certification Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a current private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, write, and understand English
  • Hold a current 2nd class medical or greater
  • Accumulate 250 hours of flight time
  • Accumulate 100 hours of pilot-in-command time
  • Accumulate 20 hours of flight training
  • Pass the FAA knowledge test and practical test

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What to Expect in the Course

In order to gain the extensive number of hours necessary to qualify for this certificate, a significant amount of time will be spent outside the course flying cross-country with no instruction given. Once in the course, you will receive structured classroom and flight training, broken up into 3 stages, each with different core objectives. The following are partial lists of what to expect in each stage

Stage 1

Stage 1

Stage 1

Advanced aircraft systems
Flying complex aircraft
Emergencies
Commercial pilot regulations



Core Objective: Receive endorsement to operate complex aircraft as pilot-in-command 

Stage 2

Stage 1

Stage 1

Cross-country flying
Flying by reference to only instruments
Flying at night
Advanced maneuvers



Core Objective: Complete a series of cross-country flights and become proficient in advanced aircraft handling

Stage 3

Stage 1

Stage 3

Further develop flying skills
Build knowledge in all subject matter areas
Pass the FAA knowledge test
Demonstrate proficiency during an end-of-course check


Core Objective: Pass the Commercial Pilot practical test

Approximate Cost for Training

$5,000 - $10,000

Approximate Cost for Requisite Time-Building

$25,000 - $35,000

Approximate Time Commitment (Training Time + Time Building)

3 months - 1 year

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