The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows a pilot to receive pay when flying in specified situations such as flight instruction, banner towing, aerial photography, and charter company or airline employment. It, too, never expires, providing you complete a flight review every 24 months. You must be at least 18 years old and possess a current FAA medical certificate.

The course, based on two or three sessions per week, is normally about two months.

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