The General Aviation Pilots Flying Resource


The minimum required flight time is 1500 hours and one must:

  • Be at least 23 years of age.
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Hold at least a commercial pilot certificate and an instrument rating.
  • Hold a current first-class medical certificate.
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  • 500 hours of cross-country flight time.
  • 100 hours of night flight time.
  • 250 hours pilot in command incl. 100 hours cross country and 25 hours night.
  • 75 hours of instrument flight time in actual or simulated instrument conditions.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pass the practical (flight) test.


  • A person who holds an airline transport pilot certificate is entitled to the same privileges as a person who holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating. (Carry persons or property for compensation or hire.)
  • An airline transport pilot may instruct other pilots in air transportation service in aircraft of the category, class, and type. In flight simulators, and flight training devices.

Note* These descriptions are changed for quick reference only and not intended to replace the complete FARs available at: FARs Pilot Certificates


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