Make it a Career
When you take the steps to become a commercial pilot it's because you want to be able to charge for your services as a pilot. This is the basic definition of Commercial Pilot.
To become a commercial pilot, you need to meet the prerequisites (see the right side of this page) and achieve the requirements for the license (see the list at right).
Commercial pilots have a lot of opportunities for work in an increasingly mobile economy. With more people traveling (now, after COVID-19) the airlines are hiring again, and while there are more requirements you must meet (Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate), a commercial pilot license is a prerequisite.
There are many options for commercial pilots. You could:
Be a charter pilot
Be a cargo pilot
Fly for a medical evacuation company
Work in aerial surveying
Fly for a firefighting company
Be a corporate pilot
As you can see, if you want to make flying aircraft a career, there are lots of career opportunities, and having the commercial pilot license is a must.
Career Path: If you wish to join the airlines, you can find more data about costs, how to cover costs, and potential employers here.
Call to start your journey!
Commercial Pilot (ASEL)
Taken from 14 CFR 61.129 – Aeronautical Experience
⬜ Valid private pilot certificate and third-class medical (or greater – a second- class medical is required to exercise commercial privileges once you pass your check ride).
⬜ At least 18 years old
⬜ Read, speak, write, and understand English
⬜ 70% or better score on commercial pilot knowledge test
Minimum Aeronautical Experience
⬜ 250 hours of flight time, including at least
⬜ 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
⬜ 50 hours cross-country flight (10 hrs. or more in airplanes)
⬜ 20 hours of training on the areas of operation in §61.127(b)(1) that
includes at least –
⬜ 10 hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. (5 of the 10 hours must be in SEL airplanes)
⬜ 10 hours of training in a complex aircraft (retractable landing gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propeller) or turbine powered or TAA.
⬜ One 2-hour day XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.
⬜ One 2-hour night XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.
⬜ 3 hours of practical test prep flights within the preceding 2
calendar months with a CFI
⬜ 10 hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane OR 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of PIC in a single engine airplane w/ a CFI on board, including –
⬜ One XC flight of not less than 300nm total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point.
⬜ 5 hours night VFR w/ 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (each with a flight in the traffic pattern), at an airport w/ an operating control tower