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Commercial Pilot Certificate

A structured Commercial Pilot course is the best, most efficient way to obtain your Commercial Pilot certificate. HFA’s 5-Day, accelerated Commercial Pilot course saves you both time and money over the traditional longer term method.

Course Overview

A typical day will involve a flight of 1.5-2 hours followed by ground training.  At the middle of your training we take a fun break to accomplish your cross-country requirements and fly to one of several destinations that meet the requirements.  We fly back that night having then completed your Commercial Pilot requirements for the cross-country phase.  

Aeronautical Requirements

FAR 91.109 governs the commercial pilot rating

  • Basic Requirements
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language
    • Pass the required knowledge (written) test
  • Aeronautical Requirements
    • 250 hours of flight time
    • 100 hours of PIC time
    • 50 hours of cross-country
    • 20 hours of flight training which includes:
      • 10 hours instrument training
      • 10 hours complex aircraft training
      • 2 hour cross-country flight >100nm, daytime
      • 2 hour cross-country flight >100nm, nighttime
      • 3 hours of flight training in preparation of the practical test
    • 10 hours solo flight training to include:
      • 1 SOLO cross-country flight >300nm with stops at 3 points
      • 5 hours SOLO night VFR with 10 T/O’s and Landings

Course Prerequisites

In order to start the Commercial Accelerated course, you will need to have completed the following prerequisites. If you need assistance with completing these prior to the course, reach out to us and we will work with you to get them completed. It is your responsibility to ensure the prerequisites are completed prior to starting the course with us.

  • FAR 91.109 | Written Test Completed
  • FAR 91.129 | Solo Cross-Country (> 300nm with the first landing > 250nm from point of departure)

Course Schedule

The Commercial Pilot training course is a 5-Day course which includes both ground and air work.  The 5-day course can be done in either a 5-day straight scenario or separately with the following structure:

  • Day 1 | Systems & Basic Commercial Maneuvers
    • Flight Instruction
    • Ground Instruction 
  • Day 2 | Commercial Maneuvers
    • Flight Instruction
    • Ground Instruction 
  • Day 3 | Commercial Cross-Country Requirements
    • Dual Day VFR Flight (100nm)
    • Dual Night IFR Flight (100nm)
  • Day 4 | Putting it all together
    • Flight Instruction
    • Ground Instruction
  • Day 5 | Mock Check-Ride
    • Flight Instruction (Mock Check-Ride)
    • Ground Instruction (Mock Oral)
  • Day 6 | Check Ride!

Course Cost


If additional instruction is needed after the 5th day, instruction is provided at a daily rate of $1,000/day or $120/hr if less than a full day is required.  In order to guarantee your reservation a 50% deposit is required within 30 days of the start date with the balance due on the first day of the course.

Aircraft Cost (Approximate)


Aircraft are rented through Plus One Flyers which requires membership to join.  Membership is $144 + $37/mo should you decide to remain a member.  You can cancel membership anytime.

Payment Terms and Conditions

A 50% refundable deposit is due when booking the course and the balance on Day 1. HFA accepts all major credit cards, cash, check.

Are you ready to get started? Sign up now for our 5-Day Commercial Accelerated Course and get started on the road to professional piloting. As always, we are here to help if you have any questions, drop us a line.