Commercial Pilot's Certificate Training
Welcome to Chickadee Aviation’s Private Pilots Certificate Training Program. We re a FAR Part 61 school and your first step to earning your commercial pilot certificate.
If you want to be paid to fly in any capacity, a commercial pilot certificate is required. Training for the certificate takes a pilot back to the basics of airmanship, and away from the rigors of instrument training.
A pilot must obtain ratings for each category and class of airplane they wishes to be paid to operate. For example, if a pilot aspires to fly skydivers in a Cessna 182 and cargo in a King Air C90, they must a have commercial certificate with a single engine and a multiengine rating.
A 2018 FAA rule change made obtaining the commercial certificate easier and more relevant. Now instead of training in an older retractable-gear aircraft, pilots can train in new, modern technically advanced aircraft that will better mirror what they fly as a professional.
To obtain a commercial certificate in an airplane under FAR Part 61 rules a pilot must have:
250 hours of flight time, 100 hours of which must be in powered aircraft, and 50 must be in airplanes.
100 hours of pilot-in-command time, 50 of which must be in airplanes.
50 hours of cross-country time, 10 of which must be in an airplane.
20 hours of training, including 10 of instrument, 10 of complex or TAA, and a smattering of cross-country and practical test preparation.
10 hours of solo training, including a smattering of cross-country and night.
Additional class ratings, such as adding a multiengine rating to single-engine commercial pilot certificate or adding a single-engine rating to a multiengine commercial pilot certificate, will take additional training in that class.