Commercial Pilot Certificate

The FAA Commercial pilot certificate requires:
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a 3rd Class Medical Certificate
  • Receive and log ground training
  • Log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that includes:
    • 100 hours in powered aircraft
    • 100 hours of pilot in command time that includes:
      • 50 hours in airplanes
      • 50 hours in cross-country flight
    • 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor (CFI) that includes:
      • 10 hours of instrument flight training
      • 10 hours of training in a complex airplane
      • 2 hours of cross country training to an airport more than 100 nautical miles (NM) from the starting point during daytime
      • 2 hours of cross country training to an airport more than 100 NM from the starting point during nighttime
      • 3 hours of Practical Test preparation
    • 10 hours of solo flight time or 10 hours with an instructor performing the duties of pilot in command that includes:
      • One solo cross country of at least 300 NM with full stop landings at a minimum of 3 points one of which is at least 250 NM from the starting point
      • 5 hours of night flight with 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
  • Pass a Knowledge (written) Test
  • Pass a Practical (flight) Test