Commercial Pilot Training
FAA Certificated Commercial Pilots are qualified to put their skills to work.
Whether a stepping stone to becoming an instructor or airline transport pilot or the final goal to pursue some other role in aviation, becoming a commercial pilot opens up many a career path to the aspiring pilot. Some potential career paths include:
- Skydive Pilot
- Ag Pilot
- Pipeline Patrol
- Firefighting Pilot
- Military Pilot
- Bush Flying
- Sightseeing Tours
- Airline Pilot
- Flight Instructor
- Test Pilot
- Corporate Pilot
- Cargo Hauling
- Law Enforcement
- Air Ambulance
- Banner Towing
- Airshow/Stunt Flying
- Ferry Pilot
- Charter Pilot
- Contract Pilot
Commerical Certificate Requirements
The requirement for a Commercial Pilot certificate is a minimum of 250 hours of flight time.
Applicants must also pass a written knowledge exam and a practical test of the ability to fly the aircraft to FAA commercial standards administered by a designated pilot examiner.
You must become a private pilot first (or meet requirements of 61.73) meet hour requirements and receive the appropriate endorsements from your flight instructor to take the Commercial Pilot tests. You must also:
- Be 18 years old
- Read, Speak, Write, Understand English (unless restricted (61.103.c))
- Pass the knowledge test (written test) and the practical exam (oral + checkride)
*Though technically not required, we highly recommend completing an instrument rating before pursuing a commercial rating
Training Tips from the Pros
Don’t be like that guy who keeps setting up for a five mile final—there he is again! What are you DOING?!
You know how to do a PO180 in a low wing?
Drop a brick out the pilot’s window and chase it.