The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows you to fly for hire, i.e. you become a professional pilot. Some of the activities a Commercial Pilot can be compensated to do include: aerial photography, charter flying (see also 14 CFR part 135), repositioning aircraft, banner towing, pipeline inspection, and many other related activities. In addition, this certificate is meant to make you a “master” of the aircraft, as you learn to fly with great confidence and precision, by learning all the details of the aircraft and its flight environment. Finally, it is a fundamental pre-requisite to becoming a flight instructor (CFI) and an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP).
- At least 18 years of age
- Private Pilot Certificate
- Optional but recommended: Instrument Rating
- Minimum 250 hours total time
- Pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test
- Pass the FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test with a Designated Pilot Examiner