Commercial Certificate

Want a Commercial Pilot License? Want to get paid to fly? If so, we can help!

The Process

Typically a Commercial License is an “upgrade” to an existing Private License with an Instrument Rating. In this scenario the Instrument Rating transfers directly over to your Commercial License when you pass the flight test.

If you do not hold an Instrument Rating you may simultaneously enroll in our Instrument Rating Course (LINK) or you may obtain a limited Commercial License, restricted to certain types of commercial flight activities.

At Aero-Tech Services we can provide you with the training necessary to obtain your Commercial License in either single or multi-engine airplanes. The most common scenario is to obtain a Commercial Pilot License first in single-engine aircraft and then add a Multi-Engine rating (LINK) to the license.

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Why become a Commercial Pilot?

A Commercial Pilot License is the required license if you wish to be paid to operate an aircraft. For many it also adds value to their flying experience by honing pilot skills and bringing a reduction in insurance premiums. It may also be an asset if you are looking to fly more capable aircraft for which you lack previous experience.

While this license does not in itself enable you to provide carriage of persons or property for hire it does open the door for certain types of paid flying activity. For example, with a Commercial License (along with any other necessary authorizations, experience, licenses and/or training) you may be compensated to provide scenic flights, aerial advertising and flight instruction. You would also be eligible to be hired as a corporate or airline pilot.

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Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR)

There are two sets of regulations under which you can train to be a Commercial Pilot: FAR Part 141, and FAR Part 61.

At Aero-Tech Services we are the only flight school in the region with the approval to offer flight training under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141. When you complete your training under an FAA approved training course you are eligible to apply for the rating with a much lower flight time requirement. For example, our Approved Commercial Pilot Course requires 110 hours of flight training, eliminating the need to obtain 250 hours of flight time and other requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61.

FAR Part 141 training is often most advantageous for pilots who are moving right from their Private Pilot or Instrument Rating training into the Commercial Pilot Course. If you have a considerable number of hours already accumulated and want to add Commercial License to your already substantial experience it may be beneficial to train under FAR Part 61.

Either way, we can help! Please contact our staff to schedule a free consultation to determine which path to becoming a Commercial Pilot is best for you.

Privileges & Limitations

  • FAA qualified to be employed as a pilot.
  • Fly aerial advertising, photography, sight-seeing, pipeline patrol and parachute pilot flights.
  • Become a Flight Instructor (additional training and ratings required).
  • Be employed by an individual or corporate owner of an aircraft to operate that aircraft.
  • Be employed as an airline pilot.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Hold a Private Pilot Certificate
  • Complete the Cessna Online Training Course (or equivalent ground training) and pass a written test on aeronautical knowledge, with a score of 70% or better.
  • Complete an FAA Approved Commercial License Training Course OR meet the requirements of FAR 61.129.
  • Pass an FAA Flight Check for the Commercial License.

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