Commercial Pilot Certificate

CIP Code

49.0102

The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows the holder to fly for hire in a variety of pilot positions. Content of the course includes advanced aircraft performance maneuvers and cross-country flight. Students receive advanced training in aircraft systems, meteorology, and aircraft performance.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that enhance personal development and provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built.

*Professional Pilot Aircraft Rental Rates

Rates

Plane Rate Fuel Cost Per Gallon Fuel Consumption Rate Hourly Rate with Fuel
Non-Complex Aircraft $83.39 $4.29 9 GPH $122.00
Complex Aircraft $129.44 $4.29 14 GPH $189.50

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

Professional Pilot Flight Fees

*Commercial Pilot Certificate

Flight Hours Hourly Rate with Fuel Total
Aircraft Rental
102 minimum flight hours $122.00 $12,444.00
18 minimum flight hours $189.50 $3,411.00
Pre and Post Briefings 120 hours $12.00 $1,440.00
Dual Instruction 55 hours $50.00 $2,750.00
Total Flight Fee Costs $20,045.00

*Aircraft costs are aligned with current fuel market prices.

Other Exams

FAA Knowledge Test – 1 @ $175.00 each
Check for current cost with instructor.
$175.00
FAA Medical Exam
Check with FAA examiner for current cost.
FAA medical and examiner fee paid to provider.
$150.00
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Examiner Fee
(Approximately $600.00 each)
$600.00
FAA Check Ride – 1 @ Aircraft Rental Fee
(Approximately $200.00 each)
$200.00

Employability Requirements

To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and flight test and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.

Program Length

This certificate program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must obtain a second-class FAA medical examination and comply with FAA licensing standards.
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. citizen students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. 
  • FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
  • Prerequisite is a Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. Minimum course requirements consist of an additional 120 hours of flight time consisting of 65 hours of solo time and 55 hours of dual instruction. Required ground training is 60 hours and pre- and post-flight briefings—120 hours.
  • Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.

Program Course List

AVP 175Commercial Pilot I

4

AVP 180Commercial Pilot II

4

AVP 185Commercial Pilot III

4

AVP 210Commercial Pilot IV

4

AVP 215Commercial Pilot V

4

AVP 220Commercial Pilot VI

4

AVP 230Commercial Pilot VII

4

AVP 235Commercial Pilot VIII

4

AVP 240Commercial Pilot IX

4

AVP 245Commercial Pilot X

4

AVP 250Commercial Pilot XI

4

AVP 255CAPCommercial Pilot XII

4

 

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

 

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:66

Optional Elective Courses

AVP 223Commercial Pilot Practical Standards V

4

AVP 257Commercial Pilot Practical Standards VI

4

Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.

Flight Training Hours

 

1st Quarter
AVP 175
DUAL SOLO
FL30DC 3
FL31NL 1
FL32NC 4
FL33NL 1.5
FL34NL 1.5
8 3
AVP 180
DUAL SOLO
FL35NC 3
FL36A DC 2.5
FL36B DC 2.5
FL37A DC 2.5
10.5
AVP 185
DUAL SOLO
FL37A DC 2.5
FL38A DC 3
FL38B DC 3
8.5
2nd Quarter
AVP 210
DUAL SOLO
FL39A DC 2.5
FL39B DC 2.5
FL40A DC 2
FL40B DC 2
FL41DC 2
11
AVP 215
DUAL SOLO
FL42DC 3
FL43LC* 7
3 7
AVP 220
Flt 30-44 DUAL SOLO
Stage Check FL44 2
FL45SL 1
FL51DL 1.5
FL53DL 1.5
FL54SL 1
FL55SL 1
FL56SL 1
5 4
Night Flights 

Bold = Stage check

c = cross country (XC)

DC = Day XC, DL = day local

NC = Night XC, SL = Solo Local

*Long XC Check syllabus for requirements

Check syllabus for each flights requirement

INCOMPLETE POLICY

For each AVP class taken there must be a minimum number of lessons completed in order for an incomplete to be issued. Attached is a document that has all flight lessons for each AVP class. Each lesson with a black box next to it must be completed if the student wants an incomplete for that AVP class. All lessons in all previous AVP classes must also be completed for an incomplete to be issued. If a student fails to complete those flights, a failing grade will be issued for that AVP class. For an incomplete to be issued for AVP 135, AVP 170 and AVP 255 all Jeppesen knowledge testing and FAA knowledge test must have been completed with a passing grade. All students with an incomplete issued are required to be in ground school class for the corresponding incomplete issued.

3rd Quarter
AVP 230
DUAL SOLO
FL52DL 1.5
FL57DL 1.5
FL58DL 1.5
FL59SL 1
FL60SL 1
FL61SL 1
FL62SL 1
FL63SL 1
4.5 5
AVP 235
DUAL SOLO
FL64DL 1.5
FL65DL 1
FL68DL 2
FL69DL 2
FL70 2
FL71 2
6.5 4
AVP 240
DUAL SOLO
FL72DL 2
FL73 2
FL74 2
FL75 2
FL76DL 2
4 6
4th Quarter
AVP 245
DUAL SOLO
FL77 2
FL79 2
FL80 2
FL81 2
FL84 2
4 6
AVP 250
DUAL SOLO COMPLEX
FL85 2
FL46 1 1
FL47 1.5 1.5
FL48 1.5 1.5
FL49 2 2
FL50 2 2
10 8
AVP 255
DUAL SOLO COMPLEX
FLT 52-67 FL66 1 1
STAGE CHECK FL67 1 1
FL78 2 2
FL82DC 2 2
FLT78-86 FL83 1 1
STAGE CHECK FL86 1.5 1.5
EOC FL87 1.5 1.5
10 10
Night Flight

Bold = Stage check

DC = Day XC, DL = day local

NC = Night XC, SL = Solo Local

Check syllabus for each flights requirement

INCOMPLETE POLICY

For each AVP class taken there must be a minimum number of lessons completed in order for an incomplete to be issued. Attached is a document that has all flight lessons for each AVP class. Each lesson with a black box next to it must be completed if the student wants an incomplete for that AVP class. All lessons in all previous AVP classes must also be completed for an incomplete to be issued. If a student fails to complete those flights, a failing grade will be issued for that AVP class. For an incomplete to be issued for AVP 135, AVP 170 and AVP 255 all Jeppesen knowledge testing and FAA knowledge test must have been completed with a passing grade. All students with an incomplete issued are required to be in ground school class for the corresponding incomplete issued.