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Commercial Pilot Course

Commercial Pilot Training CourseThis is the first step towards a career in aviation. The commercial certificate enables the pilot to be paid or compensated while working for a commercial operator. The commercial certificate also will increase the skill of the pilot by teaching even more precise control of the aircraft by performing limited aerobatic maneuvers and accuracy approaches. We offer both single and multi engine training, ratings and time building.  Cardinal Wings has one of the few Multi Engine Airplanes in Kentucky in the form of a well equipped Piper Seminole.  Students have the option of training in both Twin Engine and Single Engine at the same time. This increases the efficiency of training and keeps costs lower. The commercial certificate requires a minimum of 250 hours total time. At the discretion of the student, we will pair students together to build time in a crew environment and allow them to share the costs of the aircraft.

The single engine portion is focused on performing specific maneuvers to a high level of proficiency. The multi-engine portion focuses on an introduction to multi-engine aircraft and procedures. Once the student is proficient with normal operations, they will be trained how to fly the aircraft with simulated engine failures and how to cope with various emergencies associated with flying a multi-engine aircraft.

FAA’s basic requirements for the Commercial Rating

  • You must be 18 years old
  • You must be able to read, speak and understand the English language
  • You must pass a computerized test based on the ground training knowledge you receive and make at least a 70 score.
  • You must hold a valid Private Pilot Certificate
  • You must have a total of 250 hours of flight time
  • You must have 100 hour pilot in command time
  • You must have 50 hours of cross country flight logged of which:
    – One Day VFR cross country of 2 hours and 100 miles
    – One Night VFR cross country of 2 hours and 100 miles
    – and One 300 mile cross country flight with landings at 3 points.
  • You must have 10 hours training in a retractable aircraft with controllable pitch prop

These are just the basic requirements. 14CFR 61.129 goes into much greater detail. We will go over your unique case and make sure all of the requirements are met and devise a plan most effective for you.

Commercial Pilot Course Costs

Commercial Pilot Course CostsThis certificate is intended for those who would like to add a Commercial Certificate to fly for hire. This certificate allows a pilot to be paid for services while working for a commercial operator. This estimation assumes the student holds a private pilot certificate with 90 hours total time including 50 hours of PIC Cross Country.

Prerequisites:

  • Private Pilot’s License and Instrument Rating

This Single-Engine estimation includes:

  • 150 Hours of Flight Time in Cessna 172M Including
    -Local Training
    -Cross Country
    -Simulated Emergencies
  • 10 Hours Complex Aircraft
  • 20 Hours with an Instructor
  • 10 Hours Ground Instruction

      Cessna 172M – $16550.00
      (Estimates do not include: Fuel, Written Exam or Examiners Fee)
      Cirrus Aircraft – Call for Pricing

        Multi-Engine Add-On

        Prerequisites:

        • Private Pilot’s License

        This estimation includes:

        • 10 Hours of Flight Time Including
          -Local Training
          -Emergency Training
        • 10 Hours Flight Instruction

        Beech Duchess – $2900.00
        (Estimates do not include: Fuel, Written Exam or Examiners Fee)

        *Note: All Training Costs may vary on Dedication and Commitment of the Student