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Commercial Pilot

Like the instrument rating, a commercial certificate is beneficial for both career-oriented pilots as well as hobbyists. The commercial training refines a pilot’s skills, resulting in more precise flying. This inevitably adds an extra level of safety for the pilot and his / her passengers. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this certificate is the ability to fly for hire (receive compensation for flying).


Fly for hire

Requirements (Part 61)


  • Ability to read, write and speak English
  • Ability to pass an FAA medical examination
  • Age 18 or older to obtain certificate

Flight Experience

  • Hold a Private Pilot Certificate
  • 250 Hours of total flight time
  • 100 Hours as Pilot in Command
  • 20 Hours of flight training from an authorized instructor
  • 10 Hours of solo flight
    • 5 Hours solo cross-country (at least 50 NM)
    • 150 NM solo cross-country with three full stops (one 50+ NM leg)
    • 3 Takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop (involving flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
  • 3 Hours of cross-country flight training
  • 3 Hours of night flight training
    • 100 NM total distance cross-country flight
    • 10 Takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (each involving flight in the traffic pattern.
  • 3 Hours of instrument training
  • 3 Hours in preparation for the practical test within 60 days prior to the test date.
  • Pass FAA written examination
  • Pass FAA check ride


Generating an accurate estimated cost of obtaining a commercial certificate is a daunting task, primarily due to the fact that candidates typically have varied levels of experience. This estimate assumes that the candidate holds an instrument rating and is within close range of the 250-hour total time requirement. Please note that this breakdown is based on our Bedford rates (with the exception of the simulator charges) and will vary between locations. Additionally, this estimate should provide you with an idea of virtually all of the costs associated with obtaining this rating. We have established this estimate using a fairly conservative approach to avoid unexpected expenses. If you have questions regarding how our pricing differs from the pricing of our competitors please feel free to contact us!

Commercial Pilot Estimated Cost Breakdown
Dual Flight (10 Hours in Complex Aircraft)

$ 2,550

Dual Cross-Country (4 Hours)

$ 900

Solo Night Flight (5 Hours)

$ 925

Solo Cross-Country (300-mile Approx. 3 Hours)

$ 555

Ground Instruction (5 Hours)

$ 350

Books / Supplies (Estimate)

$ 50

FAA Written Exam

$ 150

FAA Practical Test (Examiner Fee)

$ 450

FAA Practical Test (Aircraft Rental Approx. 1.5 Hours)

$ 278


$ 6,208


East Coast Aero Club provides high-quality flight instruction and aircraft rental. Our fleet includes over 40 aircraft, including two multi-engine airplanes and two Robinson helicopters, maintained by our staff of aviation maintenance technicians. We have over 25 certified flight instructors at three locations, offering instruction for Private and Commercial Pilot Certificates, as well as Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings.