Commercial Pilot's License


To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Pass the required knowledge test (Find testing centers here)
  • Receive the required training
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements (Airplane license not required)
  • Pass the required practical test
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate

  • To exercise the privileges of a commercial helicopter pilot a person must hold at least at least a Second Class Medical.



    Aeronautical Experience:


    For a helicopter rating a person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

    (1) 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.

    (2) 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least--

  • (i) 35 hours in helicopters; and
  • (ii) 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters.
  • (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(3) of this part that includes at least--

  • (i) 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft;
  • (ii) One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure;
  • (iii) One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and
  • (iv) 3 hours in a helicopter in preparation for the practical test within the 60-day period preceding the date of the test.
  • (4) 10 hours of solo flight in a helicopter on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(3) of this part, which includes at least--

  • (i) One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and
  • (ii) 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).