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Becoming A Commercial Pilot

In order to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you must hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate, and you must successfully pass the FAA Knowledge Test and a Practical Test for a Commercial Pilot Certificate. The practical test consists of an oral examination and a flight test. This test is given by a FAA Inspector or a FAA Designated Examiner and is administered at Sky Walk. When these tests are successfully completed, you will receive a Commercial Pilot Certificate.

The Commercial Pilot Certificate is required to be able to get paid money for your flight. For example, Certified Flight Instructor, Charter Pilot, Cargo Pilot, Aerial Photography, etc. Some commercial operations require, after you have become a commercial pilot, to go through the Part 135 check-ride or other check-rides depending on the operation you will be getting into. And, if you do not hold an Instrument Rating, your operations will be very limited. We recommend you get an Instrument Rating before you take your Commercial Pilot check-ride.

We recommend to all of our Private Pilot Course graduates to obtain an Instrument Rating. With our experience, an instrument rated pilot will be able to fly an airplane a lot more precisely and become a lot more familiar with the Air Traffic Control System. Additionally, the pilot will be able to fly through clouds and fog so that you have more flexibility to go more places, not affected by weather conditions such as a Non-Instrument rated pilot.

You may also want to consider obtaining your Multi-Engine Rating after completing your Commercial training, especially if you plan to pursue a career as a pilot.

FAA requirements for a Commercial Rating:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a Private Pilot Certificate or meet requirements of FAR Part 61.73
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Must hold a valid 2nd Class Medical Certificate
  • Have the following flight time as a pilot:
    • 50 hours cross-country flight as pilot in command
    • under Part 61 - a total of 250 hours of flight time
    • under Part 141 - a total of 190 hours of flight time
  • Pass the FAA Knowledge Test
  • Pass the FAA Practical Flight Test and Oral Examination
Costs

All students enrolled in the Commercial Pilot Certification Course at Sky Walk will automatically receive the "block rates" without having to purchase 10 hours of block time.

Our structured Commercial Course under Part 141 is approximately $18,080 using a C-152 & Piper Arrow, or $20,390 using a C-172 & Piper Arrow, and consists of:

  • 120 hours of total flight training
    • 55 hours of Dual flight training
      • 40 hours - Cessna 152 or Cessna 172
      • 15 hours - Piper Arrow
    • 65 hours of Solo flight training
  • 15 hours of pre-post flight briefings
  • 15 hours of individual ground school
  • access to audio visual training tools

Training costs will vary depending on your study habits, frequency of attendance, individual motor skills and the type of aircraft which will be used for your training.   On average, students complete their training within the minimum time.

To maximize your training and reduce costs, see our suggested training tips.