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. The flight training must include operations in an aircraft with retractable landing gear, flaps and a constant speed propeller (complex aircraft.) 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. 

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.

As a professional flight training center, we would be doing you a disservice without letting you know that no student is ready at exactly at the FAA minimum hours. Your hours will vary based on your skills, frequency of flight and effort in studying the materials.

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 complex airplane
    • 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

  • Complex airplane (retractable landing gear and controllable-pitch propeller)
  • Advanced ground reference maneuvers
  • Advanced takeoffs and landings
  • Advanced flight maneuvers
  • Extended cross-county flying
  • Review for the FAA written test
  • Review for the FAA checkride

Hours of Instruction Flight

Hours of Solo Flight

Hours of Complex Aircraft

Hours of Cross-Country Flying