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
- 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)||
|Dual Cross-Country (4 Hours)||
|Solo Night Flight (5 Hours)||
|Solo Cross-Country (300-mile Approx. 3 Hours)||
|Ground Instruction (5 Hours)||
|Books / Supplies (Estimate)||
|FAA Written Exam||
|FAA Practical Test (Examiner Fee)||
|FAA Practical Test (Aircraft Rental Approx. 1.5 Hours)||