Commercial Pilot Certificate
The commercial pilot certificate stands as a crucial milestone for those aspiring to embark on a career in aviation. Whether you aim to be a paid pilot, including a flight instructor, a commercial pilot certificate is a prerequisite.In the realm of pilot certification, the term 'commercial' can sometimes be misconstrued. Many associate airline pilots with commercial pilots, yet U.S. airline pilots, operating regular scheduled flights under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 121, must hold an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate—the highest level of pilot certification in the country. To qualify for an ATP certificate, one must accrue 1,500 flight hours. In contrast, a commercial pilot certificate can be obtained with as few as 250 logged flight hours.
To be eligible for a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you must:
Be at least 18 years of age
Have a valid, current FAA Second-Class Medical Certificate
Have at least a private pilot certificate
Must accumulate a total of 250 hours of logged flight time