Training for the commercial certificate focuses on a better understanding of aircraft systems and a higher standard of airmanship. The test

for your commercial certificate requires demonstrating many of the private pilot maneuvers at higher level of competency and skillfulness

than that of your original private pilot checkride. There are a few maneuvers that will be newly introduced that require fine tuning of your

visual flying abilities.


Any deficiencies of the minimum flight hour requirements will be filled with applicable training toward the program. The program consist

of at least 10 hours in a complex aircraft (an aircraft with adjustable pitch propeller, flaps, and retractable gear).This is the first step of

becoming a career based pilot, with much more training required for individuals seeking a dedicated profession as a commercial pilot.




Applicants must be able to read, speak, write and understand English and hold a Private Pilot Certificate.




A commercial certificated pilot may be compensated for flying. The commercial pilot certificate is the first step in separating yourself as a career pilot in comparison to a

leisure pilot. By itself, this certificate does not permit the pilot to set up an operation that carries members of the public for hire; such operations are governed by other regulations. Otherwise, a commercial pilot can be paid for certain types of operation, such as banner towing, agricultural applications, and photography, and can be paid for instructing if he holds a flight instructor certificate. The basis of the commercial pilot certificate is to ensure that employed pilots have the experience and knowledge at a specified standard of safety and competency. The experience and knowledge takes time and training; therefore, the commercial certificate can only be applied for after the student has accumulated and logged the specified amount of training and experience.




There are three areas that you must be proficient in to be qualified to be a commercial pilot. These areas are as follows:



You must be deemed medically fit by an Aviation Medical Examiner to fly solo (without an instructor) in an aircraft. A Commercial Pilot must hold at least a Second Class Medical, unless exercising the duties of a Certified Flight Instructor, where upon they are only required to have at least Third Class Medical.  Click here to find an area Aviation Medical Examiner.





Before you can take the FAA Oral Exam and Checkride, students must prepare for and pass the FAA Private Pilot Written Exam. Students can prepare for it on their own or by taking one of our offered ground schools.



Practical Skills


One of the most important aspects of being a pilot is operating the aircraft. The majority of flight training is learning to not only fly an aircraft, but do it while under certain conditions and scenarios. Upon completion of the training requirements, students will take a Practical Test with a FAA authorized examiner.


Training Hour Requirements


To achieve a commercial pilot certificate, students must follow a curriculum set up by Northwest Flight School that requires the following hours to be logged:


Dual (with instructor):         55 hours

Solo (without instructor):    65 hours

        Total:                              120 hours


Note that this is the minimum hours required.












Cost Breakdown

(Based on National Average Hours)


120 Hours Flight Time - $159/hour


65 Hours Solo Flight Time


55 Hours Dual Flight Time - $75/hour


20 Hours Pre/Post Time  - $75/hour


Supplements Costs





This cost is based on current club rates and the national average of Private Pilot Students. Individual training cost may vary.

Supplemental Cost Breakdown


1st Class Medical


Commercial Pilot Ground School Kit


Commercial Pilot Ground School with

FAA Written Exam












The Northwest Flight School Commercial Pilot Ground Course is designed to for both new and experienced Private Pilots seeking a Instrument Pilot Rating.


It provides a structured Part 141 learning course in a classroom environment, allowing for students to gain helpful knowledge from our experienced flight and ground instructors.


Our Commercial Pilot Ground Course is help a limited number of times per year. It is a 12 week course held twice per week.



This course fee is a one-time fee, meaning that students are able to take the Private Pilot Ground Course an unlimited number of times without paying the fee again.  The course fee also includes the price of the FAA Written Exam that is administered at the end of the course.

Club Member


Non-Club Member


Commercial Pilot Kit

$250 +TAX

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