Commercial Pilot Program

Obtaining your Commercial Pilot License requires students dedicating their time and skills to achieve a professional certification. Obtaining a commercial pilots license involves accumulating a specific number of flight hours and mastering several professional maneuvers and techniques. Once a student has earned this certification, they are eligible for various career possibilities such as flight instruction, aerial photography, cargo transport, charter operations, banner towing, corporate flight and more.

Course Description

The initial stage of your journey to becoming a commercial pilot is obtaining your Private Pilot Certificate. Once you have obtained your Private Pilot License with enough hours and training in high performance maneuvers you can work towards your commercial pilot license which allows you to transport persons and property for hire. In this course you will learn to perfect in flight and ground reference maneuvers that build your confidence and proficiency as a professional pilot. It is highly advisable that you obtain your instrument rating before beginning your commercial pilots training to avoid significant limitations on your privilege. The type of aircraft used in this course are Piper and Cessna aircraft, some of which include full-glass flight decks.

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Your Roadmap

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Commercial Pilot Training
Commercial Pilot Checkride
Commercial Pilot Achieved

What Do You Need to Start?

The minimum commercial pilot age limit is 18 years of age. In order to begin your training you must be able to read, write, speak and understand English proficiently. Before you do your check-ride, you'll need to obtain a medical certificate (second class or higher) from an FAA approved aviation medical examiner (AME) in the United States. You will also need to show proof of U.S. Citizenship or TSA approval (which requires a valid and current US visa) as well as your private pilot certificate and knowledge test results.

Checkride Information

A check-ride is an essential part of the pilot certification process that includes both a flight test and an oral exam. During a check-ride, a designated pilot examiner (DPE) assesses the pilot's ability to operate an aircraft safely and proficiently. The examination covers various aspects, including flight maneuvers, navigation, emergency procedures, communication skills, and a thorough understanding of aviation regulations.

Commercial pilot checkride


There's just a few things for you to check off before we can get your checkride scheduled

Eligibility Requirements
  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Proficient in the English Language
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Receive the required training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor
  • Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought
  • Pass the required practical test
  • Comply with the federal aviation regulations that apply to commercial flight
  • Preflight preparation
  • Preflight procedures
  • Airport operations
  • Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
  • Performance maneuvers
  • Ground reference maneuvers
  • Navigation
  • Slow flight and stalls
  • Emergency operations
  • High-altitude operations
  • Post-flight procedures
aeronautical experience
  • 250 hours of flight time
  • 100 hours, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes
  • 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time which includes at least 50 hours in cross-country flight
  • 20 hours of training
  • 10 hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device
  • 10 hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a technically advanced airplane (TAA) or any combination thereof
  • One 2-hour cross country flight in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles
  • One 2-hour cross country flight in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles
  • 3 hours with an instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months
  • 10 hours of solo time or 10 hours of flight performing the duties of pilot in command with an instructor
  • One cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles
  • 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings at an airport with an operating control tower
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Pilot Programs

Aircraft Rental hours
Flight Instruction hours
Ground Instruction hours
Total program cost (USD)
Sport Pilot
Pilot Kit
Private Pilot
Pilot Kit
Instrument Rating
Commercial SEL
Multi-Engine Add-on

Rental & Service Rates

Hourly Rental Rate
Block Rate (50+ hrs)
Instruction Rate
The Tecnam P92 Eaglet
Plane Model
The Piper Cherokee 140
Plane Model
The Cessna 172
Plane Model
The Piper 100i
Plane Model
The Tecnam P2006t
Plane Model

Wondering how to pay?

First Landings offers financing options with the ability to finance 100% of your flight training for reasonable rates. The application process is fairly quick and most applicants have received short response times. Feel free to ask us questions about our partner financing programs.

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We offer a 1-hour discovery flight to give you the opportunity to experience taking to the air. A certified flight instructor will demonstrate preflight and flying techniques before you climb aboard, will taxi down the runway and before you know it, you are in the air! During the flight, you will have the opportunity to control the plane through the sky and try out several maneuvers before the pilot takes over again for landing. At the subsequent debriefing, guests pen their first logbook entry and review their performance.


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“These group of pilots and trainers are professional and experienced. They have a diverse training staff. So whether it’s age, gender, or personality you are seeking then First Landings may be the place for you. As an executive of this firm my schedule is packed. The team here works with me all the time to ensure I have consistent flight time flying the aircraft I prefer. I am satisfied i choose them for my flight instruction. Come and try a discovery flight.“

- Mark Anderson

“I want to thank everyone on the first landings team for everything that they did for me to get me to my private pilots certification. Everyone was great to work with and be around. The energy they bring is awesome. I want to give a special shout out to Sean. I did most of my training with him. This guy knows his stuff! He has experience, professionalism and most of all patience. Awesome instructor.“

- Ryan Gonzalez

“Started my aviation training here and had an amazing experience. I was able to pass my written test and private pilots check-ride on the first attempt for both, due to the amazing training i received. They have very experienced flight instructors there that want to see you strive. The pricing is very reasonable and the aircraft are well maintained. Any issue I found they addressed it right away and get it safely resolved.“

- Bradley Doss

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