Commercial Pilot Certificate

Earn your commercial pilot certificate.


250 Cumulative Hours


At your own pace

Starting Cost


Commercial pilot certification allows a pilot to fly for compensation or hire. The commercial pilot certificate training includes flying complex aircraft, extensive cross-country operations, and acquiring a high degree of aeronautical competency and airmanship.

Prior to enrolling in our commercial pilot certificate course, you must have at least a private pilot certificate, a current biennial flight review, and a current medical certificate. If your biennial flight review is not current, we can complete that prior to enrollment. A TSA screening process will be necessary if you are not an American citizen. We can guide you through that process. If an American citizen, only a passport or birth certificate must be furnished. Once TSA screening is complete, you can enroll in our FAA-approved Part 61 commercial pilot course.

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The process

How to Earn Your Commercial Pilot Certificate


Earn your Private Pilot Certificate

Before pursuing a commercial pilot certificate, obtain your Private Pilot Certificate through comprehensive ground and flight training. Master basic flight principles, navigation, and communication while logging flight hours to become a confident and competent private pilot.


Accumulate required flight hours.

Develop essential flight skills with a certified instructor, then advance to solo flights. Complete required flight hours, night flying, and more to become a well-rounded commercial pilot candidate.


Pass your written and flight tests.

To complete your commercial pilot certification training you must pass both a written and practical exam. Your ground school materials will provide you with the means to pass the written exam. The practical exam will consist of an oral and flight performance check which your flight instructor will prepare you for.

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Commercial Pilot Certificate Training Eligibility

  1. You must be at least 18 years old to acquire the certificate.
  2. You must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language.
  3. You must possess at least a third-class FAA medical examination. You will require at least a second-class medical certificate to exercise your privileges as a commercial pilot.
  4. You must receive flight training from a certified flight instructor. A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and single-engine class rating must log at least 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:
    • 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.
    • 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least -(i) 50 hours in airplanes; and(ii) 50 hours in cross-country flight of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes.
    • 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in § 61.127(b)(1).
    • Ten hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a single engine airplane with an authorized instructor on board (either of which may be credited towards the flight time requirement under paragraph (a)(2) of this section), on the areas of operation listed under § 61.127(b)(1)
  5. You must pass the written aeronautical knowledge test.
  6. You must pass your Commercial Pilot Flight test
Twin Comanche
Our Fleet

The best aircraft in the business.

BBlue River Aviation is proud of our expansive fleet. We provide aircraft for a wide variety of training. These include: Technologically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), Complex, Floats, Skis, Tailwheels, and Multi-Engine. Go check out the Blue River fleet!

Twin Comanche – Twin Engine

Don’t have your private pilot certificate yet?

To earn a Commercial Pilot Certificate, you must possess a Private Pilot Certificate. Whether your dream is to earn your Private Pilot Certificate or you are planning to eventually earn advanced ratings, this step is the most fundamental toward becoming a professional pilot.