Airman Flight School

What is a Commercial Pilot?

A Commercial Pilot is an aviator licensed to earn as a pilot. This milestone marks your entry into the professional aviation world. With this license, a plethora of opportunities await, from becoming a Flight Instructor to engaging in Banner Towing or Aerial Survey work. This stage is crucial for accumulating real-world flying experience, building towards the 1500 flight hours needed for airline employment in the U.S.

Eligibility for a Commercial Pilot License


To qualify, you need:

  • 250 hours of total flight time, with at least 100 hours in powered aircraft, including 50 hours in airplanes.
  • 100 hours as pilot-in-command, including 50 hours in airplanes.
  • 50 hours of cross-country flying, with 10 hours in an airplane.
  • 20 hours of training, encompassing 10 hours of instrument training, 10 hours in complex or Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), and additional hours for cross-country and practical test preparation.
  • 10 hours of solo training, including cross-country and night flying components.
Commercial Pilot Course Syllabus
(TAA or Complex Option)


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Program Pathway 6-8 months

Stage 1

Private Pilot

Begin your journey. Obtain your Private Pilot license. Learn to fly solo or with passengers. Minimum 40 flight hours, but typically takes 55-65 hours.

Stage 2

Private Pilot with Instrument Rating (IR) Add-On

Enhance skills with an Instrument Rating. Fly in adverse weather conditions. Further cross-country and instrument flight training required.

Stage 3

Commercial Pilot

Transition to professional aviation. Obtain Commercial Pilot license. Fly for hire. Intensive training includes cross-country flights, instrument proficiency, and solo experience.

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Stage 4

Commercial/Private with Multi Engine (ME) Add-On

In this advanced stage, students expand their aviation skills by obtaining a multi-engine add-on to their commercial and private pilot certificates. They will learn to operate aircraft with multiple engines, mastering complex systems and procedures.

Commercial Pilot Program

Commercial Pilot Package (Cessna 152 2 Seater)

Additional Required Costs