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


Ability to read, write and speak English

Ability to pass an FAA medical examination/ Second class medical certificate

Age 18 or older to obtain certificate

250 hours of total flight time

Ground School:

Jeppesen Training System

Training videos are provided

Deluxe Jeppesen 141 Kit

Additional Ground Training

Additional Multi/ MEI training

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