To be eligible for a Commercial Pilot License, one must meet the following criteria.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold at least a Private Pilot Certificate
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
- Receive flight and ground training, along with appropriate endorsements from an authorized flight instructor
- Pass the FAA written Aeronautical Knowledge test
- Pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical test
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE?
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT WHEN TRAINING TO GET MY COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE?
Commercial training starts in a single-engine Cessna C172 or Piper Archer. During commercial training, you will learn new manoeuvres in addition to the ones you learned during your private pilot training. Ground instruction will include learning FAA commercial regulations and safety standards in order to prepare you for the written exam and teach you to make safe decisions as a commercial pilot. Cross-country flight planning and flying as the pilot in command are also required during commercial training.
Once you successfully attain a Commercial Pilot Certificate in a single-engine airplane, you will then be ready to add a multi-engine rating! For this part of your training, you will have the opportunity to fly the Piper Seminole. The Seminole is exciting to fly and introduces multi-engine aerodynamics along with new emergency procedures that you will become proficient with during your training. The multi-engine add-on is required if you intend to find a job in an airplane with more than one engine.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO EARN A COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE?
The answer to this depends on several factors. These include weather, student availability for training, and financing. The FAA requires a total of 120 hours for a Commercial Pilot License under Part 141 training. This time is built in conjunction with your Instrument Rating. Motivated students in a fast track program finish Commercial training on average in 5 months, including instrument rating. Students that are less available could take much longer.
WHAT ABOUT THE COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE COST?
Course costs are based on the average number of hours it takes a student to complete the course and may vary from student to student according to their capability and motivation. This makes it difficult to estimate the total cost of training before enrolling in a program.
Students are advised to look for financing options to cover their commercial pilot license cost and other expenses in advance to avoid any delays or interruptions in their training schedule.
OUR PROGRAM OFFERS EXCELLENT VALUE FOR MONEY
The cost of becoming a professional pilot through traditional college-based aviation programs can be hefty. At UND Aerospace Foundation, we can help you save money by getting you into the cockpit and helping you master your flying skills within a shorter amount of time.
Additionally, our Phoenix flight training center has been granted examining authority by the FAA, meaning your certificate-granting exams can be administered by our staff in-house. This means our students don’t need to enlist the services of an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE), which can significantly reduce the commercial pilot license cost and logistical burden of obtaining your license.