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Commercial Pilot License, Training and Salaries

Commercial Pilot License, Training and SalariesFAA’s rules for getting a pilot’s license (certificate) differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. Students in training to become pilots should decide on what type of flying they want to do. The information below describes the eligibility, training, experience, and salaries for a Commercial Pilot.

A commercial pilot certificate lets the pilot conduct some operations for compensation and hire.

Commercial Pilot License Requirements

Here are just a few of the basic requirements for the Commercial License. We’ll discuss what’s entailed in each of these requirements later in this section.

  • You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language
  • You must be able to obtain a 2nd class medical certificate
  • You must be 18 years of age
  • You must hold at least a private pilot license
  • You must have received and logged the appropriate ground and flight training for the Commercial License
  • You must have 250 hours total flight time
  • You must have 100 hours flight time as pilot in command
  • You must have 50 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • You must pass the FAA Commercial Pilot written exam
  • You must pass the Commercial Pilot Oral and Practical Exam
Training for Commercial Pilot License

Training for the commercial license is not all that different than from your private license. Then difference is in the tolerances that you are going to be held to. In addition you will learn some new maneuvers along the way and be required to demonstrate them to proficiency on the check ride. The main goal before beginning your training for the commercial license is to build your time towards the 250 total time requirement. Included in that time is 100 hours as pilot in command, and 50 hours of cross-country. Since most folks have about 60hrs after they complete their private license you have some time to build. Even if you choose to obtain an instrument rating to help knock out some of that time you still have a ways to go to reach 250 hours total time. One idea is to do a lot of cross-country flying. You can go see places you’ve always wanted to see, and best of all you’re the pilot. Doesn’t get any cooler than that!

One of the most important parts of you commercial training likes any other license or rating is the required aeronautical knowledge. Once you are a commercial pilot there is a whole new world of flying and regulations you have to know. Specifically the limitations of your commercial license and what you can and cannot do while getting paid to fly and what requires addition training or authorization.

Flight School Pro Pilot Programs

The programs at Aviator Academy are designed to provide what the airline industry demands of future commercial pilots. The training you will receive at Aviator is one of the most intensive and challenging programs offered in aviation today.
NOTE: Aviator is pleased to announce, that with the recent increase of airline hiring we are now Including the CRJ Jet Transition program with the Professional Pilot Program and the Commercial Pilot Program. Please visit Aviator Flight Training Academy for flight training programs and details.

Commercial Pilots’ Salary Factors

Many different factors can affect a commercial pilot’s salary, though the main consideration is typically seniority. Pilots who have a lot of flight hours, and have flown for the same company for many years, tend to make substantially more than entry level pilots. Salary is also highly dependent on whether a pilot is a captain or first officer, and other factors such as the industry he works in, the routes that are flown, and the number of hours worked each month. There are many different industries that a commercial pilot can work in, each of which offers varying levels of pay. A commercial pilot’s salary can even depend on the specific company he works for, as different businesses within the same industry often have significantly different pay scales.

Commercial pilots are highly trained individuals who are authorized to receive payment for piloting, or co-piloting, various types of aircraft. A Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL), or the more advanced Airline Transport Pilot License (ATP) are typically necessary to have this type of career. There are also different type ratings for airplanes, helicopters, and other types of aircraft a commercial pilot is authorized to fly. Since a pilot’s job prospects are affected by his license and ratings, those can be important determining factors for a commercial pilot’s salary.

Among pilots who have similar credentials, and work in the same industry, the biggest determining factor for salary is seniority. Brand new commercial pilots tend to have fairly low starting salaries, and they typically act as first officers rather than captains. After a significant amount of seniority as been built up, a captain can make four to eight times more than his starting pay. Seniority is typically not the same thing as experience, as it only refers to the amount of time spent with a specific company. That means a commercial pilot’s salary will typically suffer if he has to find work with a new company, even if he has many years of experience, although both factors certainly do affect pay grades.

A commercial pilot’s salary can also depend on the industry he works in. Some industries pay better than others, and some individual companies also have significantly higher or lower levels of pay. Commercial pilots who work for passenger airlines tend to make less than those who work for cargo airlines, though there are exceptions. There are also many other industries that employ commercial pilots, such as private air charter companies and medical transport services, each of which has its own independent pay scales.

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