Like the instrument rating, a commercial certificate is beneficial for both career-oriented pilots as well as hobbyists. The commercial training refines a pilot’s skills, resulting in more precise flying. This inevitably adds an extra level of safety for the pilot and his / her passengers. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this certificate is the ability to fly for hire (receive compensation for flying).
Fly for hire
Requirements (Part 61)
- Ability to read, write and speak English
- Ability to pass an FAA medical examination
- Age 18 or older to obtain certificate
- Hold a Private Pilot Certificate
- 250 Hours of total flight time
- 100 Hours as Pilot in Command
- 20 Hours of flight training from an authorized instructor
- 10 Hours of solo flight
- 5 Hours solo cross-country (at least 50 NM)
- 150 NM solo cross-country with three full stops (one 50+ NM leg)
- 3 Takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop (involving flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
- 3 Hours of cross-country flight training
- 3 Hours of night flight training
- 100 NM total distance cross-country flight
- 10 Takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop (each involving flight in the traffic pattern.
- 3 Hours of instrument training
- 3 Hours in preparation for the practical test within 60 days prior to the test date.
- Pass FAA written examination
- Pass FAA check ride