What are the basics of the commercial pilot

How to become a commercial pilot

Not as hard as you think

Do you want to become a commercial pilot? First, it helps to know what you're getting at, starting with the definition of "Commercial Pilot".

Many people are misinformed about what a commercial pilot is. They assume that if someone is a commercial pilot, they are an airline pilot. While it is true that an airline pilot is indeed some kind of commercial pilot, the opposite is not always the case - a commercial pilot is not necessarily an airline pilot.

Commercial pilots can be cargo pilots, tour pilots, or backcountry pilots. You can be a flight instructor, ferry pilot or glider pilot. See a trend? A commercial pilot is simply one who is allowed by the FAA to charge for services. To fly a regular passenger service or fly for an airline, you must also meet the additional requirements for those specific jobs. For example, an airline pilot must have a commercial pilot's certificate along with an Airline Transport Certificate (ATP) and work for a regularly scheduled airline or certified operator in order to claim money.

If you are interested in becoming a commercial pilot, don't be intimidated by the thoughts of airline pilot training. Commercial pilot training isn't usually done on a jet, although it can be. In fact, many people take their commercial pilot's certificate in the same aircraft that they took their private pilot's certificate in on a small four-seat airplane. The main difference is that for the commercial certificate, students must acquire 10 hours of flight time on a high performance aircraft. As a result, some choose to do all of the training in a high-performance aircraft.

  • 01 Know the eligibility requirements

    Knowledge of admission requirements: Commercial pilot applicants must be at least 18 years old, be able to read, speak, write and understand English, and hold at least a private pilot certificate. The most common reason people cannot begin their commercial training is due to lack of experience: it takes at least 250 hours for a pilot to acquire a commercial pilot's license.
  • 02 Get a 2nd grade medical certificate

    Since you must have a private pilot's certificate to begin commercial training, chances are you already have an aero-medical certificate. If it's 3rd grade medical, you might want to get a 2nd grade medical certificate - you need at least a 2nd grade medical certificate to use your commercial pilot privileges, and nothing worse than finding out that You cannot pass a 2nd grade medical exam after you have completed your business education!

  • 03 Take the FAA written exam

    As with the private pilot certificate, you want to get the written exam out of the way early on in your professional pilot training. That way you already have the additional knowledge in your head and it also serves as a refresher if you have taken some time. Once your written exam is completed, you can focus on flying.

  • 04 flies!

    An applicant for a commercial pilot must have evidence of experience, but must also have some experience. To obtain a CFR Part 61 Commercial Pilot Certificate, you need a minimum of 250 hours of flight, including 100 hours of pilot time and 50 hours of long-haul flight. You must also complete at least 10 hours of instrument training and 10 hours in a complex aircraft.

    During your professional pilot training you will learn new maneuvers and you will have to be more consistent and precise than during the private pilot training. You will also learn to fly longer cross-country flights, including at least one long-haul flight totaling at least 300 nautical miles and covering a leg of at least 250 miles.

  • 05 Take the checkride

    Once you have mastered the commercial maneuvers according to the new standards and learned all about the privileges and limitations of the commercial pilot's certificate, your instructor will de-register you for the checkride. Since you've already taken control, you know what to expect: a few hours of preparatory work for the oral part of the exam and a quick flight are enough.

    Remember, the examiner is testing to see what type of commercial pilot you will be, so act over-professional at all times. Don't skimp on the seat belt briefing and remember that precision is key - don't do anything sloppy!