Commercial Pilot Certificate

The commercial pilot certificate is required for pilots who wish to fly for compensation or hire. Many private pilots earn their instrument rating while also building time for the commercial pilot certificate. A minimum of 250 flight hours is required for certification. Additional requirements are described in greater detail within 14 CFR 61.129, thus your actual training may vary from what is described below depending on your experience. Your flight instructor will provide you with a more detailed assessment of your training plan after conducting an audit of your logbook. However, all commercial pilots can expect a minimum of the following:


  1. 18 years old
  2. Fluent in English
  3. FAA Private Pilot Certificate or equivalent (see 14 CFR 61.73); Instrument rating is strongly encouraged
  4. FAA Airman Medical Certificate, Third Class (Second Class required after earning certificate)

Ground Lessons

  1. Complex Airplane Systems and Powerplants
  2. Review of FAR/AIM, AC, NTSB Reporting, Aviation Weather, and Airspace
  3. Basic Aerodynamics and the Principles of Flight
  4. ADM & CRM during Normal & Emergency Operations
  5. Aircraft Performance and Safety
  6. Cross-Country Flight Planning and Navigation
  7. High Altitude, Night, and IMC operations
  8. Aeromedical Factors and Pilot Psychology

  10. Written Exam Corrections
  11. Oral Exam Preparation

Flight Lessons

  1. Normal Preflight, Flight, and Postflight Operational Procedures in a Complex Airplane
  2. S-Turns, Turns-Around-A-Point, Eights-On-Pylons, and Rectangular Patterns
  3. Chandelles, Lazy Eights, Steep Turns, Slow Flight, and Stalls
  4. System Malfunctions and Emergency Operations
  5. Short, Soft, and Emergency Landings/Take-Offs
  6. Dual Day VFR Cross-Country
  7. Dual Night VFR Cross-Country
  8. Basic Instrument Flying and Navigation
  9. Instrument Flying, Disorientation, and System Malfunctions
  10. Long Cross-Country PIC (Dual or Solo)


Commercial Pilot PTS

In addition to the lessons above, additional training may be required for students that did not begin their training with EducAviation. The CFII of EducAviation must interview a new student that has already soloed but not yet earned his or her private pilot certificate. All flight lessons received by instructors who do not use EducAviation's curricula must be reviewed and approved by the CFII to ensure that the student receives all training required by the FAR.

14 CFR 61 Subpart F compliance 61.121 applicability statements only, no compliance requirement 61.123 (a), (b), & (h) required by course prerequisites (c)-(g) CFI is responsible for ensuring compliance 61.125 ensured by CFI and successful course completion 61.127 (a) ensured by CFI (b) (1)-(2) ensured by CFI and successful course completion (3)-(8) ratings not offered by EducAviation at this time 61.129 (a) & (b) compliance is ensured by completed course work and verified by CFI prior to certification (c)-(k) ratings not offered by EducAviation at this time 61.131 EducAviation does not currently train students in Alaska; however, when we do start training in Alaska, all students will be strongly encouraged to comply with the night flying experience requirement rather than seeking the exception described in this subpart. 61.133 CFI ensures that their students are aware of the compliance requirements after certification