Commercial Pilot Certificate – Part 61

Flying for Compensation

If you plan on pursuing a Career in Aviation, becoming an Instructor, or flying for any sort of compensation, a Commercial Pilot Certificate is required.

Estimated Cost for Commercial Pilot Certificate

FAA has a mandatory minimum number of hours flown with and without an instructor before you can take your final exam (check-ride).  Minimum number of hours are 250 hours of flight time for Part 61 flight training operation. Additionally, a FAA computerized testing and a check-ride will be required.

Typical cost of a Commercial Pilot Certificate through Infinite Air Center is approximately $17,679.00 excluding FAA computerized exam, and check ride exam fees.  This cost is based on a Private Pilot with an Instrument Rating with approximately 100 total hours of logged flight time.  Since most of the flight time is for building time, it is recommended that a slower and less expensive trainer be used for most of the flight time.  Also, based on our interviews, more than minimum amount of Complex Aircraft time was preferred.  Therefore, our calculations are based on 30 hours of Complex Aircraft time instead of typical 10 hours used by most other flight training providers.

To view a PDF file, please click to view CPL-Requirements-Flyer.

Cessna 150 Cherokee 140
Online Ground School $279.00 $279.00
Non Complex Aircraft Rental (120 Hrs) $11,400.00 $13,200.00
Complex Aircraft Rental (30 Hrs) * $4,800.00 $4,800.00
CFI Instruction Time (30 Hrs) $1,200.00 $1,200.00
Total Est. Cost  $17,679.00  $19,479.00
*Complex Aircraft used will be a Piper Arrow 180 with base rate of $160 per hour.