Commercial Pilot Certification Overview
Although challenging, the commercial pilot certificate prepares students for a career in professional aviation. The flight training portion of this course consists of fifteen lessons designed to refine existing piloting skills and introduce the pilot to complex airplanes, advanced commercial maneuvers and preparation for the practical test.
Your personal flight instructor will guide you carefully through the stages of flight and ground training to ensure your success in obtaining your commercial pilot certificate. This course combines hands-on training with traditional lessons, up to par with Federal Aviation Administration requirements. Just like our private pilot program, the commercial pilot certificate takes students through the complex Orange County airspace and through Southern California.
Commercial pilot Flight Training
The flight training portion of the commercial pilot certificate course consists of fifteen lessons. Each lesson is designed to refine existing piloting skills and introduce the pilot to complex airplanes, advanced commercial maneuvers and preparation for the practical test.
Slow flight, stalls and spin awareness
Emergency procedures and landings
Ground reference maneuvers
Airplane performance, weight and balance
Short, soft field and crosswind landings
No flap landings
Power-off 180 accuracy approach and landings
Steep turns, chandelles and lazy eights
Instrument flying in complex airplanes
Dual and solo night cross country
Dual day long cross country
Introduction to Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA).
Dual night long cross country
Solo day long cross country
Preparation for practical test
commercial pilot Ground Training
Each pilot has the option of using an approved home study course, an approved ground school at a local college or private ground school lessons provided by one of our authorized instructors. Your flight instructor will spend a considerable amount of time with you on the ground to ensure your knowledge of all areas pertaining to your commercial pilot certificate.
Commerical Pilot Certificate
includes aircraft, ground and flight instruction, and materials as specified in the training syllabus.
The published cost of training is based on the hours required by the training syllabus. This actual cost of training varies based on the student’s learning abilities. Examiners fees are not included.
This certificate requires a total time of 250 hours. Students will be required to build time to meet this requirement. This cost is not including in the pricing above. Students enrolled in this course will receive a special aircraft rental rate of $135.00 per hour to meet the total time requirements of this certificate.
Pricing is subject to change at any time.
The following requirements are required to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate:
Be at least 18 years of age
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language
Pass a medical examination
A person applying for a commercial pilot certificate must have logged 250 hours as a pilot and receive the appropriate ground and flight training by an authorized flight instructor which includes the following minimum times:
100 hours in a powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in an airplane
100 hours of pilot-in-command time, which includes at least
50 hours in airplanes
50 hours in cross-country flight, of which at least 10 hours must be in an airplane
20 hours of training on the areas of operations listed in Title 14 CFR 61.127 with at least
10 hours of instrument training, five of which must be in an airplane
One 2-hour cross-country flight during the day with a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles
One 2-hour cross-country flight at night with a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles.
3 hours in a single-engine airplane in preparation for the practical tests within the preceding 2 calendar months from the test
10 hours of solo flight in a single engine airplane or 10 hours of flight with an authorized instructor on board under Title 14 CFR 61.127
One cross-country flight no less than 300 nautical miles with landings at three points and one straight-line distance at least 250 nautical miles
Pass the required knowledge test
Pass the required practical test
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set the above minimum requirements to obtain a commercial pilot certificate. All pilot applicants are trained to proficiency as required by the FAA to pass the practical test according to Airmen Certification Standards (ACS).
The following is a list of publications, manuals and supplies that will be provided to you for your flight training:
SkyRoamers, Private Pilot: Training Manual, 2nd Edition*
SkyRoamers, Commercial Pilot: Training Syllabus
Rod Machado’s Private Pilot Handbook*
Aircraft Systems for Pilots, Dale De Remer
Pilot’s operating handbook for the airplane being flown
ASA, FAR/AIM (FAA Regulations 14 CFR parts, 1, 61, 91, and NTSB 830/Airmen Information Manual)*
FAA Chart Supplement Southwest U.S.*
Aeronautical Chart User’s Guide*
Aviation Weather Services*
Airplane Flying Handbook*
Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge*
Aeronautical Decision Making
Risk Management Handbook*
Airmen Certification Standards – Commercial Pilot Airplane
Part 91 and 135 Single-Pilot Procedures During Taxi Operations*
Pilots’ Role in Collision Avoidance*
Pilots Guide Flight in Icing Conditions
Pilot Wind Shear Guide
Private Carriage Versus Common Carriage of Persons or Property
General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness*
Aviation Safety Reporting System*
Stick and Rudder: An Explanation of the Art of Flying, Wolfgang Langewiesche*
*If you completed the private pilot certificate course with Pacific Flight Aviation, these materials were previously provided and will not be provided to you again.