Commercial Pilot License
Most of your training will be in the actual aircraft: our Piper Cherokee PA-28. Learn how fun and exciting flying through the skies can be with our highly trained pilots. Once your instructor says you are ready, you will be able to fly alone to train for your private pilot license.
Use the simulators to practice your maneuvers, procedures, and teaching techniques to feel comfortable on the airplane. Our simulators are model specific FAA Approved Aviation Training Device that are designated as platform for integrated instruction.
You will be spending this time one-on-one with an instructor or in a classroom setting with a group of other students to learn about the fundamentals of flying and the concepts behind maneuvers required mastery for this certificate.
Like all classes, there is some homework to reinforce your learning and help teach you fundamental concepts that are critical to becoming a successful pilot. We partner with Sporty’s to integrate the Online Training For our Private Pilot students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Commercial pilot license flight training is an advanced aviation program designed to prepare aspiring pilots for a career in aviation. It goes beyond the private pilot license and equips individuals with the skills and qualifications to operate aircraft for compensation or hire, opening doors to various professional opportunities within the aviation industry.
The duration of CPL flight training can vary depending on factors such as the flight school's curriculum, the student's dedication, and weather conditions. On average, it takes around 6 to 12 months to complete the training, encompassing both ground-based theoretical instruction and hands-on flight hours.
To enroll in CPL flight training, applicants must meet certain prerequisites. Generally, candidates should hold a private pilot license, be at least 18 years old, and have a minimum number of flight hours, typically around 250-300. Additionally, they must pass a medical examination to ensure they meet the necessary physical standards for a commercial pilot.
While it is possible to work part-time during CPL flight training, it is essential to strike a balance between work commitments and the rigorous demands of flight training. Flight training requires focus, dedication, and sufficient time availability to complete the required flight hours and pass examinations successfully.
Ground-based CPL flight training covers a wide range of theoretical subjects essential for becoming a commercial pilot. Some of the topics include advanced aerodynamics, flight planning and navigation, aircraft systems, aviation regulations, emergency procedures, and crew resource management. Additionally, aspiring commercial pilots will study aviation weather, airspace classifications, and air traffic control procedures.
Commercial Pilot License Eligibility
To earn a commercial pilot certificate, a pilot must:
- A person must be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
Hold a private pilot license.
- Receive the following logbook endorsements from an instructor:
- Logbook endorsement to take the aeronautical knowledge test.
- Logbook endorsement to take the practical test.
- Pass the following tests:
- Commercial pilot knowledge test (often referred to as a ‘written’ and abbreviated CAX).
- Commercial pilot practical test (also known as a ‘Checkride’).
In order to exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot license, you must hold either a second or first-class medical certificate, which can be obtained through an aeromedical examiner (AME).
Health Requirements for Commercial Pilots
Commercial pilots are subject to certain health standards, such as vision, hearing, equilibrium, mental, neurologic, and cardiovascular requirements. For a complete list of the health requirements for obtaining a second-class medical and flying as a commercial pilot reference CFR 14 §67 Subpart C.
Commercial Pilot License Training
According to federal regulations, you must meet the following aeronautical flight experience requirements to earn a commercial pilot license. Our special authorization from the FAA allows us to train our students for an additional 20 hours with the simulator – that way you save time and money with ActivePILOT. With our advanced flight simulator along with our seasoned staff of instructor pilots, we will make sure you are more than ready to get your Commercial Pilot Certificate. Requirements to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate are:
- 250 hours of flight time
- 100 hours must be in a powered aircraft
- 50 hours must be in an airplane
- 50 hours of cross-country time
- 20 hours of instrument training
- 10 hours of solo training
Reference 14 CFR §61.65 for the entire list of eligibility requirements.