Commercial Pilot License and Commercial Add-on

A commercial certificate will allow you to fly persons or property for hire and is required before you become a CFI. A commercial certificate, by itself, will not allow you to run a charter operation but it will allow you to get paid by someone else to fly which will, no doubt, be a welcome change.

FAA Rating Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Minimum 18 Years Old to Take Commercial Pilot Flight Test
  • Must Read, Write, Understand, and Speak English
  • Hold a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate
  • Minimum of 150 Hours of Flight Time
  • Current FAA Medical Certificate
  • Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test
  • Pass an FAA Written Knowledge Test

Flight Requirements:

  • 150 Hours (Minimum) Total Pilot Time in Helicopters Must Include
  • 5 hours of Instrument Training in a helicopter
  • 100 hours of “Pilot-in-Command” Flight Time (35 hours or more of which must be in a helicopter)
  • 20 hours of Dual Instruction in the Required Areas of Operation
  • 10 hours of Cross-Country Helicopter Experience
  • 1 Day VFR 2-hour (minimum) Dual Instruction Flight with one (1) 50 nautical-mile leg
  • 1 Night VFR 2-hour (minimum) Dual Instruction Flight with one (1) 50 nautical-mile leg

10 hours of solo time which can include:

  • 1 Cross-Country Solo flight with three landings and one (1) 50 nautical-mile minimum leg
  • 5 hours night solo
  • hours of dual instruction in the preceding 60 days in preparation for the Checkride

 

141 Commercial Pilot Add-on

If you already hold a Commercial fixed wing license, the cheapest option to learn to fly helicopters is to “add on” a Commercial Pilot Helicopter license. Our 141 commercial add-on course is VA approved and the best way to get your Commercial Rotorcraft Certificate. 

FAA Rating Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Already hold a commercial pilot certificate
  • Current FAA Medical Certificate
  • Helicopter Instrument Rating not required
  • No FAA Written Exam
  • Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test

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