Commercial Pilots License

A commercial pilot certificate is a qualification that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft for hire. In order to obtain a CPL, certain flight time requirements must be accomplished and all maneuvers must be performed to FAA standards. The minimum flight time requirements are as follows:

150 hours of total flight time which must consist of;
  • 100 hours in powered aircraft, 50 in helicopters
  • 100 hours of pilot in command time, 35 in helicopters
  • 10 hours of cross-country as pilot in command
  • 20 hours of dual flight training
  • 10 hours of instrument training
  • 3 hours of preparation for the practical exam
  • 10 hours of solo flight
  • 5 hours of night flight

These hours represent minimum requirements set by the FAA.You must hold a private pilots certificate to start commercial training. You must be at least 18 years of age. You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.

Once all flight time requirements are met, all maneuvers are to FAA standards, and an FAA written exam is passed, it is time to take the FAA practical exam(check ride) with a designated pilot examiner. This consists of an oral examination and a flight in which you must demonstrate all the maneuvers that you have learned.

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