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Commercial Pilot


Achieving Commercial Pilot certification is the ticket to finally being able to receive compensation as a pilot. This certificate opens the doors to a wide variety of personally and financially rewarding flying opportunities. Commercial pilots are able to fly passengers for hire, transport cargo, or pursue a career as a flight instructor, charter pilot, airline pilot and much much more. The sky is the limit!



Popular Questions

I’ve heard you only need 250 flight hours to become a commercial pilot, is that true?

Schools that are not FAA approved (Part 61), would require 250 total flight hours to be eligible for commercial pilot certification. The 250 hours includes your private, instrument (if applicable) and your commercial training. Since Sunair is 141 approved, you could obtain your private, instrument, and commercial in 190 total flight hours! Additionally, 24 hours (20% per the LOA) of the total time is approved in the Redbird simulator. All said and done that’s about a $17,000 savings flying with Sunair!


Could I apply to a regional airline upon completion of the course?

The FAA requires airline first officers to have a minimum of 1500 hours and a ATP certificate. Most commercial pilots choose to become flight instructors to further build their flight time toward ATP minimums. Other options include aerial surveying, banner towing, traffic watch, corporate, and more!


How long does it take to become a commercial pilot with no experience and what is the entire cost?

It all depends on you, your schedule, and your finances! We’ve have had students become commercial pilots in less than a year! From no experience to a commercial rated pilot would be approximately $39,000.



Entry Prerequisites

  • 18 years old
  • FAA 3rd class medical
  • Private pilot airplane single-engine land (minimum)
  • Rental form completed
  • US unexpired Passport or Birth Certificate and government issued Photo ID
  • TSA logbook endorsement



Hour Break Down

Minimum hours of training under FAR 141 Appendix D



  • 31 hours of flight instruction in the following areas:
  • Steep spirals, Lazy Eights, Eights on Pylons, Chandelles
  • Slow speed flight, stalls and recoveries
  • Navigation / Cross-countries
  • High altitude operations
  • Emergencies and more
  • 24 hours of simulator instruction
  • 65 hours solo
  • 35 hours ground instruction



Approximate Cost: $24,757


Pricing doesn’t include taxes, training supplies, or practical test fees. Prices subject to change.