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Commercial Pilot

Having the ability to earn money while doing what you love is one of the greatest feelings. A Commercial pilot allows you this opportunity but also comes with great responsibility. As you progress, Ridgeline Aviation will help you become a truly professional pilot.

FAR Part 61

Total Time: 250 hours minimum which consists of at least:

100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least

  1. 50 hours in cross-country flight

Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  1. 10 hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a technically advanced airplane (TAA)

  2. One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

  3. One 2-hour cross country flight in a single engine airplane in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

  4. Three hours in a single-engine airplane with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a single engine airplane with an authorized instructor on board on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  1. One cross-country flight of not less than 300 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point. However, if this requirement is being met in Hawaii, the longest segment need only have a straight-line distance of at least 150 nautical miles; and

  2. 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.

FAR Part 141

Ground Training: 35 hours

Total Time: 120 hours minimum which consists of at least:

Dual: 55 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Commercial Pilot areas of operation including:

  1. Ten hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. Five hours of the 10 hours required on instrument training must be in a single engine airplane;

  2. Ten hours of training in a complex airplane, a turbine-powered airplane, or a technically advanced airplane

  3. One 2-hour cross country flight in daytime conditions in a single engine airplane that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

  4. One 2-hour cross country flight in nighttime conditions in a single engine airplane that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 100 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

  5. 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.

Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying or while acting as PIC with an authorized instructor onboard in a single engine airplane on the Commercial Pilot areas of operation including:

  1. One cross-country flight, if the training is being performed in the State of Hawaii, with landings at a minimum of three points, and one of the segments consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 150 nautical miles;

  2. One cross-country flight, if the training is being performed in a State other than Hawaii, with landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles; and

  3. 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight with a traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.