Commercial Pilot Certificate

Minimum Requirements*



Commercial Pilot Age*18
Commercial Flight Training (hrs)20
Total Flight Time (hrs)250
Solo Flight Time (hrs)10
Night Flight Time (hrs)5
Written ExamYes
FAA CheckrideYes


*You may require additional training to meet ACS standards.




A commercial pilot can receive compensation for being the pilot of an aircraft.  Commercial pilot employment opportunities include a wide variety of flight operations including corporate flying, traffic reporting, law enforcement, crop dusting, charter operations, flight instruction, pipeline patrol, flying cargo, firefighting, banner towing, fish spotting, aircraft testing, sightseeing flights, and more.

To become a commercial pilot you must first hold a private pilot certificate.  An instrument rating is also required for the commercial pilot certificate to be issued without restrictions.

Commercial pilot applicants receive flight and ground training from a CFI preparing them for the written and practical exams.  Areas of operation include takeoffs & landings including a power-off 180 degree accuracy approach and landing, performance maneuvers, eights on pylons, ground reference maneuvers, accelerated stalls, and other requirements.

When you have completed your training you will take the commercial pilot practical exam with a FAA Designated Examiner.