Cardinal Wings Aviation
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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 course 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 course assumes the student holds a private pilot certificate with 230 hours total time including 50 hours of PIC Cross Country. If more time is needed, the student will pay for the normal rental of the aircraft beyond the 20 hours. This course includes:

  • 20 Hours of Flight Time Including
    -Local Training
    -Cross Country
    -Simulated Emergencies
  • 20 Hours with an instructor
  • Ground Instruction
  • Written Exam


  • 225 hours total time
  • 100 hours in powered aircraft w/50 hours in airplanes
  • 100 hours PIC w/50 PIC cross country and 10 in airplanes

Commercial Single-Engine Initial
Piper Arrow PA-28R-201  – $4,995.00
(Price does not include Examiners Fee of approximately $350.00)

Commercial Pilot Add-On
This course is intended for those wanting to add multi-engine or single-engine privileges to their commercial certificate. If more time is needed, the student will pay for the normal rental of the aircraft beyond the 10 hours. If the course is completed with less than 10 hours, the student will be able to rent the aircraft free of charge until 10 hours is achieved. Single-engine add-ons are based on 6 hours of training. This course includes:

Multi-Engine Add-on – COMING SOON!

Single-Engine Add-on

  • 6 Hours of Flight Time Including
    -Local Training
    -Emergency Training

Cessna 172M – $1,095.00
Cirrus Aircraft – Call for Pricing
(Price does not include Examiners Fee of approximately $350.00)