Commercial Rating
This course is designed for pilots who have met the prerequisites for a commercial license other than the 10 hours of flight time in a complex or technically advanced aircraft.


  • All required ground and flight instruction
  • Up to 5 hours of BATD Gleim simulator time
  • Up to 10 hours of dual instruction in Technically Advanced Aircraft

Note that flying experience you have before beginning the Commercial Pilot course may count toward the required flight times. For example, if you hold an Instrument Airplane rating, you will already have met the Commercial Pilot requirement for instrument training.


  • Written test complete
  • At least 250 hours total flight time
  • All aeronautical experience requirements for commercial except for 10 hours of complex and 3 hours checkride prep
  • Must be able to fly to private pilot standards.
  • Strong working knowledge of the oral topics in the commercial ACS
  • Have a current medical certificate (3rd class or better)

To take the FAA Commercial Pilot ASEL practical test, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read, write and speak the English language.
  • Receive ground school in the knowledge areas listed in FAR 61.125 
  • Pass the FAA knowledge test before taking the practical test.
  • Hold at least a Private Pilot certificate.
  • Hold an appropriate medical certificate (at least Class III to take the test, and at least Class II to exercise Commercial Pilot privileges)
Commercial Rating
Commercial Rating

Training Time Required

To receive the Commercial Pilot certificate with an Airplane Single-Engine Land rating, requires:

At least 20 hours of flight training that includes:

  • 10 hours of instrument training (at least 5 of which must be in a single-engine airplane).
  • 10 hours of training in a complex airplane (that is, with a constant speed propeller, flaps and retractable landing gear).
  • 3 hours of dual instruction in preparation for the practical test.
  • One dual day VFR cross-country flight of at least 2 hours with a straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point.
  • One dual night VFR cross-country flight of at least 2 hours with a straight line distance of more than 100 nm from the departure point.

At least 10 hours of solo flight that includes:

  • One cross-country of at least 300 nm total distance with landings at at least three points, one of which is at least 250 nm straight line distance from the departure point.
  • 5 hours in night VFR conditions with at least 10 take-offs and landings at an airport with an operating control tower.