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.

Course Details

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.

stage 1

  • Complex airplanes

  • 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

Stage 2

  • GPS navigation

  • Autopilot operations

  • Instrument flying in complex airplanes

  • Dual and solo night cross country

  • Dual day long cross country

stage 3

  • 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.
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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.


FAA Requirements

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).

Training Materials

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*

  • 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.