As the name implies, commercial pilots can be paid to fly aircraft. Commercial pilots must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 250 hours of flight time, including 100 hours in powered aircraft, 50 hours in airplanes, and 100 hours as pilot in command (of which 50 hours must be cross-country flight time). They must hold an instrument rating, or be restricted to flying for hire only in daylight, under visual flight rules (VFR), within 50 miles of the originating airport. They may fly for hire in accordance with applicable parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations.
For an easy understanding, this information has been summarized for you and consequently does not contain all exceptions! Please refer always to current FAR's before acting upon it!
To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age.
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this section that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
Pass the knowledge test.
Pass the practical test.
To exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold at least a current second-class medical certificate.
For an airplane single engine rating:
If you are applying for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and single engine class rating, you must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot, 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.
- 100 hours of pilot in command flight time, which includes at least 50 hours in airplanes and 50 hours in cross-country flight in airplanes.
- 20 hours of training on the areas of operation as listed for this rating, that includes at least 10 hours of instrument training, of which at least 5 hours must be in a single engine airplane, 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller, or is turbine-powered, one cross- country flight of at least 2 hours in a single engine airplane in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure, one cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a single engine airplane in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
- 10 hours of solo flight in a single engine airplane, including one cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance and as specified, and 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
COMMERCIAL PILOT COURSE PRICING ESTIMATE
HOURS PRICE TOTAL
Training aircraft 10 $100.00 $1,000.00
Piper Arrow PA 28 12 $155.00 $1,860.00
Flight Instruction 20 $60.00 $1,200.00
Ground Instruction 10 $50.00 $500.00
Charts, AFD $30.00
Commercial Pilot Written $100.00
FAA Examiner’s Fee $410.00
*Your actual costs will vary, simply because everyone is different and has different learning styles and past experiences.
This price is just a sample of what you could expect to pay to get this rating and does not include the expense of your timebuilding hours to get you to the 250 hours of flight time.
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