Commercial Pilot – Airplane
The minimum required flight time is 250 hours and one must:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to speak, read, write, and understand English.
- Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
- Minimum of 100 hours of powered aircraft flight time.
- Minimum of 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time.
- 50 hours in cross-country flight time.
- 10 hours of instrument training.
- 10 hours of training in an airplane that has a retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller.
- 5 hours in night VFR conditions.
- 2-hour cross country flight daytime & 2-hour cross country flight nighttime.
- Other hour requirements in cross-country and with instructor for flight test prep.
- Pass an FAA commercial pilot knowledge test and practical (flight) test.
- Carrying persons or property for compensation or hire.
- Without an Instrument Rating, on cross-country flights in excess of 50 nautical miles or at night is prohibited.
- Single-engine only, Multi-engine requires multi-engine rating and additional hour requirements.
Note* These descriptions are changed for quick reference only and not intended to replace the complete FARs available at: FARs Pilot Certificates