Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot License
    Prerequisites
  • FAA Private Pilot’s License with an Instrument Rating
  • FAA Medical Certificate
  • Speak and understand English
    Steps
  • Minimum 250 flight hours
  • Complete Cessna Program
  • Pass FAA Written Test
  • Pass Checkride
    Privileges
  • Carry persons or property for compensation or hire
  • Rent single-engine airplanes
  • Fly in known IFR conditions


What is a multi-engine commercial license?

A commercial license can be for single engine aircraft, multi-engine aircraft or both. We do our initial commercial licenses in our DA42 multi-engine Twinstar. This means you will have a multi-engine commercial license. You can then do a commercial single engine add-on, allowing you to fly both aircraft for compensation.

How long does it take?

The length of time it takes to earn your license depends upon how often you fly. Most students fly on average 2-3 times per week. At this pace you can receive your license in as little as 45 days. Another factor is the Cessna DVD Course and maintaining a steady pace with your self-study.

    Flight Hour Minimums

  • 250 flight hours total
  • 100 hours PIC
  • 50 hours cross country
  • 10 hours with instrument training
  • 10 hours with retractable gear
  • 3 long cross countries
  • 10 solo hours
  • 5 night hours

What can I do with my license?

Once you receive your commercial license you are now able to be paid to fly! If you are considering a career in aviation, this is the beginning of that career. There are many directions your career can take you with instructing, ferrying, traffic watch, glider tug, banner towing, corporate jets and the airline industry. If a career in aviation is not your goal, a commercial license will make you a safer and more efficient pilot.

Test at Sawyer Aviation!

Written Test & Checkride

The FAA written test and checkride are both done towards the end of your training. The written test is comprised of 100 questions with a passing grade of 70%. Those 100 questions are pulled from a bank of over 600 questions, which you have access to through the Cessna Online Course. Your checkride will be with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) and will consist of two parts. The first half will be an oral examination, where you will answer questions about flying. The second half is the practical examination, where you will fly maneuvers in the airplane with the DPE. After you pass both parts, you will receive your Commercial Pilot License!

Cessna Commercial Pilot Course

The Cessna DVD and Online Commercial Pilot Course was created by Cessna and King Schools. Both companies have a long history in the aviation industry, with proven track records. This course, which supplies the foundation and ground knowledge, is done concurrently with the flight training. This method maximizes retention and comprehension. The multi-visual course combines text, diagrams, and video. The question bank for the written test is also in this program, as well as a large library of documents about ratings, weather, Cessna aircraft and much more!

Your Training Will Include

  • Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations of this chapter that relate to private pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations
  • Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning
  • Safe and efficient operation of aircraft
  • Aeronautical decision making and judgment
  • Night and high-altitude operations
  • Preflight procedures
  • Performance maneuvers
  • Navigation
  • Postflight procedures
  • Multiengine operations (if in ME Aircraft)
  • Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board
  • Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations
  • Use of air navigation facilities
  • Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft
  • Procedures for operating within the National Airspace System
  • Procedures for flight and ground training for lighter-than-air ratings
  • Ground reference maneuvers
  • Slow flight and stalls
  • Emergency operations
  • Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight
  • Meteorology to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts
  • Weight and balance computations
  • Principles and functions of aircraft systems
  • Preflight preparation
  • Airport and seaplane base operations
  • Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
  • High-altitude operations