COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATION COURSE
The Commercial Pilot Certificate is the goal of the career pilot and the third step in a career pilot program. To earn an FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate a pilot must be knowledgeable, proficient and experienced in 11 important pilot operations which are required by Federal Air Regulations. Knowledge is gained through ground school and demonstrated on both an FAA Written Exam and an oral examination at the completion of training; proficiency is acquired through the use of a guided step by step flight training syllabus; and experience is gained in flight with an instructor and solo.
The training course is divided into three stages of training with the following objectives: Stage I – Cross-country, Stage II – Commercial Maneuvers Complex Airplane Operations, and Stage III - Commercial Pilot Certification by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. This course can be done concurrently with the Instrument Rating Course.
The following Commercial Pilot Certification Course is based on FAR 141 minimums with a Private and Instrument Airplane Rating. The actual completion time is an average price based on 3 to 4 flight lessons per week with average flying aptitude and motivation.
At least 18 years of age
FAA 3rd class medical certificate (2nd class recommended)
Private Pilot Certificate
Minimum Course Requirements per FAR 141: PA38 PA28
45.0 Hrs PA38 flight instruction @ $195/hr $8,775 $10,530
10.0 Hrs PA28R complex instruction @ $310/hr 3,100 3,100
65.0 Hrs PA38 PIC/solo/cross-country @ $125 8,125 10,660
35.0 Hrs ground instruction 2,450 2,450
22.0 Hrs Pre/Post Briefing 1,540 1,540
Texts and Materials 140 140
Minimum Course Price (120.0 hours) $24,130 $28,420
Note - The FAA Written ($175) and Pilot Examiner fees ($700) are not included in the course price. Airplane rental for the FAA Flight Test is also not included and is approximately 1.5 hrs in the PA38 @ $125/hr or $246 in thePA28.
Average Course Completion Time
4 to 5 months