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Commercial Pilot Requirements

  • Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate. Later, if your flying requires a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold a second-class medical certificate.
  • Hold an instrument rating. A commercial pilot is presumed to have an instrument rating. If not, his/her commercial pilot certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night.

Minimum Aeronautical Experience

Log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that includes:

  • 100 hours in powered aircraft
  • 100 hours of pilot in command time that includes:
    • 50 hours in airplanes
    • 50 hours in cross-country flight
  • 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor (CFI) that includes:
    • 10 hours of instrument flight training
    • 10 hours of training in a complex or TAA (Technologically Advanced Aircraft)
    • 2 hours of cross country training to an airport more than 100 nautical miles (NM) from the starting point during daytime
    • 2 hours of cross country training to an airport more than 100 NM from the starting point during nighttime
    • 3 hours of Practical Test preparation
  • 10 hours of solo flight time or 10 hours with an instructor performing the duties of pilot in command that includes:
    • One solo cross country of at least 300 NM with full stop landings at a minimum of 3 points one of which is at least 250 NM from the starting point
    • 5 hours of night flight with 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower

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