Commercial Pilot Certificate Requirements


A commercial pilot is a professional who acts pilot in command for a single pilot aircraft and a co-pilot in multi pilot aircrafts, and is able to fly aircrafts safely. The basic requirements for obtaining commercial pilot certificate are specified by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization).  However the actual requirements may vary from country to country, as per the country’s aviation regulations. There are many stringent and mandatory requirements that a candidate must satisfy in order to obtain the commercial pilot certificate. Commercial pilot certificates are issued for various categories of aircrafts like airplanes, airships, balloons, gyroplanes and helicopters.

Requirements for commercial pilot certificate:

  • The candidate must be at least 18 years of age to be able to qualify as a potential candidate for commercial pilot license.
  • The candidate must be able to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • One of the pre-requisite for obtaining the commercial pilot certificate is that, candidate must have received the training for a commercial pilot.
  • The candidate must possess a second class FAA (federal Aviation Administration) medical certificate in order to comply with the requirements of a commercial pilot certificate.
  • The candidate must already hold a PPL (Private Pilot License) before applying for a commercial pilot certificate.
  • The candidate must satisfy the aeronautical experience requirements as specified by FAA for that aircraft category, on which you are applying for the commercial pilot certificate. The requirements for every category of aircrafts like helicopters, airplanes etc. are different.
  • The candidates are also required to receive and log the ground training in flying from an authorized trainer, or are required to complete accredited home-study course.
  • These individuals are also required to hold a valid instrument rating, failing to which restrictions will be imposed on the flights like prohibition to carry passengers for hire etc.
  • The aspiring commercial pilots are also required to acquire appropriate flight experience and must satisfy the minimum flight hour’s requirement as per the FAA policies.
  • Finally, the candidates are required to pass a knowledge test with a minimum of 70 percent aggregate. The test is a written test and consists of multiple choice questions.
  • After passing the written test, these candidates are required to pass the practical flight test conducted by an examiner from FAA. These candidates must also satisfy a mandatory requirement of completing a solo inter-country flight with a minimum of 300 nm with two airfield landings apart from the pilot’s originating airfield.

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