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Classes | Commercial Pilot Certificate


  • Complete a minimum of 250 total flight hours, including 100 hours of pilot-in-command time and 50 hours of cross-country flight time.

  • Pass the commercial pilot knowledge test.

  • Pass a practical test (checkride) with an FAA-designated pilot examiner.

Why Do I Need A Certificate?

If you want to be paid to fly in any capacity, a commercial pilot certificate is required. Training for the certificate takes a pilot back to the basics of airmanship, and away from the rigors of instrument training.

A pilot must obtain ratings for each category and class of airplane she wishes to be paid to operate. For example, if a pilot aspires to fly skydivers in a Cessna 182 and cargo in a King Air C90, she must have commercial certificate with a single engine and a multiengine rating.

A 2018 FAA rule change made obtaining the commercial certificate easier and more relevant. Now instead of training in an older retractable-gear aircraft, pilots can train in new, modern technically advanced aircraft that will better mirror what they fly as a professional.

To obtain a commercial certificate in an airplane under FAR Part 61 rules a pilot must have:

  • 250 hours of flight time, 100 hours of which must be in powered aircraft, and 50 must be in airplanes.
  • 100 hours of pilot-in-command time, 50 of which must be in airplanes.
  • 50 hours of cross-country time, 10 of which must be in an airplane.
  • 20 hours of training, including 10 of instrument, 10 of complex or TAA, and a smattering of cross-country and practical test preparation.
  • 10 hours of solo training, including a smattering of cross-country and night.


Additional class ratings, such as adding a multiengine rating to single-engine commercial pilot certificate or adding a single-engine rating to a multiengine commercial pilot certificate, will take additional training in that class. FAR 61.129 has all the specifics.

For pilots who train in an approved FAR Part 141 program, the commercial certificate can be earned with less experience, at a minimum of 190 hours.

Training In A TAA

In July 2018 the FAA published new rules that created new options for pilots training for the commercial pilot certificate. Previously an applicant had to train 10 hours in a complex airplane, an airplane with a retractable gear, controllable-pitch propeller, and flaps. Responding to feedback from AOPA and the training community, the FAA now allows that training to take place in a technically advanced airplane. A TAA is one that has:

An electronic primary flight display with all six primary instruments.

An electronic multifunction display that includes a GPS-based moving map with the aircraft displayed on the screen.

A two-axis autopilot with heading and navigation modes.

What You Can Do With The Certificate

Simply put, a commercial pilot certificate is required for any type of flying where the pilot is being compensated. Jobs such as flight instruction, corporate pilot, agricultural pilot, banner towing, pipeline patrol, traffic reporting, and more require a commercial pilot certificate.

Some positions, such as airline pilot or Part 135 charter pilot may require more flight time, additional certificates, or both. As you look forward to the type of flying you’d like to be paid for, search job listings. Most will spell out in detail the type of pilot certificate and amount of experience required.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accelerated Flight Training, and how does it differ from traditional flight training?

Accelerated Flight Training is an intensive and focused training program that allows aspiring pilots to complete their flight training in a shorter time frame compared to traditional training programs. The key difference lies in the concentrated and immersive nature of the training, enabling students to progress more rapidly while maintaining high-quality instruction.

Who is eligible for Accelerated Flight Training programs?

Accelerated Flight Training programs are suitable for individuals of various experience levels, from beginners with no prior aviation experience to experienced pilots seeking additional certifications. The eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific program, but typically, anyone interested in fast-tracking their aviation goals can benefit from these programs.

What are the advantages of choosing Accelerated Flight Training?

Accelerated Flight Training offers several advantages, including rapid progression, flexible scheduling, and a comprehensive curriculum. Students can complete their training efficiently without compromising on quality. The flexible scheduling options accommodate busy lifestyles, and the intensive curriculum ensures thorough preparation for various aspects of aviation.

How can I take advantage of the special pricing for Accelerated Flight Training programs?

To take advantage of our special pricing for Accelerated Flight Training programs, simply contact our flight school and inquire about the current discounts and offers. Our team will provide you with all the details and guide you through the enrollment process to get you started on your fast track to becoming a certified pilot.

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