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Commercial Pilot Requirements & Eligibility

Here is a summarized list of the requirements necessary to be eligible for a commercial pilot license. The list is summarized from the Federal Aviation Regulations. Please refer always to the FAR's, especially if your particular situation warrants exceptions due to licenses and ratings that you already hold.

To be eligible for a commercial pilot license:

1. Hold at least a current private pilot license with an airplane.

2. Be able to read, speak, and write the English language fluently.

3. Be 18 years of age.

3. Hold a current Airman Medical Certificate.

(a) Atleast a 2nd Class to use commercial privileges, and 3rd class to conduct required training.

4. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or accomplish a home-study course appropriate to the commercial pilot license.

5. Pass the knowledge exam with a 70% or higher.

6. Receive flight training from an authorized instructor and receive the appropriate endorsements to take your practical test and knowledge test.

7. Log the following flight hours if you are applying for single-engine airplane land commercial pilot:

(The simplified version. If you are adding on a fixed wing license or may have some other exception, please refer to the official version.)

(1) 250 hours Total time logged including:

a. 100 hours of PIC time.

b. 50 hours of PIC cross country.

c. 10 hours solo of commercial areas of operation including:

(c1) 1 cross country not less than 300NM total distance with 3 landings at three points, 1 of which is straight line distance of 250 NM.

(c2) 5 hours Night VFR w/ 10 takeoffs/landings at an airport with an operational control tower.

(2) 20 hours of dual instruction toward your commercial license including:

(a) 10 hours of complex training.

(b) 10 hours of instrument training, 5 hours must be in single engine airplane.

(c) Complete a 2 hour, 100 nm straight line distance, dual day cross country.

(d) Complete a 2 hour, 100 nm straight line distance, dual night cross country.

(e) 3 hours of test prep within the last 60 days.

For an easy to read breakdown of how your flight hours are spent during your training, please download the PDF file below. There are specific requirements that must be completed when logging your cross country experience. Please refer to the PDF below.

Additional Resources:

Commercial Pilot License Flight Requirements Summary - PDF Version

FAR Part 61 Subpart F - Commercial Pilots


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