The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows the holder to fly for hire in a variety of pilot positions. Content of the course includes advanced aircraft performance maneuvers and cross-country flight. Students receive advanced training in aircraft systems, meteorology, and aircraft performance.
Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology, sociology) that enhance personal development and provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built.
Employability Requirements: To be employed as a professional pilot, at the minimum, one must possess a commercial pilot certificate. This certificate is obtained by passing a Federal Aviation Administration written test and a flight test, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration medical certificate.
Prerequisites: Must be at least 17 years of age. Must comply with FAA licensing standards and possess an FAA private pilot certificate and FAA instrument rating. Second class FAA medical certificate required prior to the first day of class. Please contact instructor for details.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that U.S. citizens prove citizenship status before beginning flight training by providing a current passport or birth certificate and driver’s license. Non-U.S. students must submit to a background and fingerprint check from the TSA prior to beginning training. Contact instructor for details.
FAA minimum flight and ground hours required for certification.
Please note that many students need additional training hours to master the required competencies.
Prerequisite is a Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. Minimum course requirements consist of an additional 120 hours of flight time consisting of 65 hours solo time and 55 hours of dual instruction. Required ground training is 35 hours and pre and post flight briefings—11 hours.
Industry average flight time for Commercial Pilot Certification is 217 hours.
Optional Elective Courses
AVP 223, Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards V
AVP 257, Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards VI
Note: Students often complete their program requirements at different rates due to their own skills and abilities and the availability of aircraft and suitable weather. Thus, the number of quarters needed to satisfactorily complete all of the requirements may exceed those listed above in some cases.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|AVP 175||Commercial Pilot I||4|
|AVP 180||Commercial Pilot II||4|
|AVP 185||Commercial Pilot III||4|
|AVP 210||Commercial Pilot IV||4|
|AVP 215||Commercial Pilot V||4|
|AVP 220||Commercial Pilot VI||4|
|AVP 230||Commercial Pilot VII||4|
|AVP 235||Commercial Pilot VIII||4|
|AVP 240||Commercial Pilot IX||4|
|AVP 245||Commercial Pilot X||4|
|AVP 250||Commercial Pilot XI||4|
|AVP 255CAP||Commercial Pilot XII||4|
|English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking||5|
|Any 100-Level Math Class||5|
|General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)||5|
Acquire initial VFR cross-country flight training. Pilotage, dead-reckoning, and radio navigation will be covered.
Receive additional VFR cross-country flight training. Additional flight training will encompass mountain flying techniques and local night flight operations.
Receive final training in VFR cross-country flight and night operations. The cross-country flight hours required for Commercial Pilot Certification will be completed.
Receive initial flight and ground training in high performance Commercial Pilot Certification maneuvers. Flight maneuver training includes chandelles, lazy eights, steep power turns and accuracy landings.
Gain additional aeronautical knowledge and flying skills necessary for advanced precision flight maneuvers.
Receive advanced training in all the required Commercial Pilot Certification maneuvers. Flying proficiency in these maneuvers will meet the requirements set forth in the FAA Practical Test Standards.
Operate a high-performance aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant-speed propeller. Basic flight maneuvers and aircraft systems will be covered.
Operate a high-performance aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant-speed propeller. Advanced flight maneuvers as well as emergency procedures will be mastered.
Operate a high-performance aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant-speed propeller. Increase proficiency in advance flight maneuvers and emergency procedures. Obtain logbook endorsement for the operation of High Performance Airplanes.
Receive initial preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Receive additional preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate.
Receive final advanced preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate.
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|ENG 102||Composition: Argumentation & Research||5|
|ENG 104||Business Writing||5|
|ENGL& 235||Technical Writing||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MAT 104||Introductory Computer Mathematics||5|
|MAT 105||Mathematics for Industrial Professionals||5|
|MAT 106||Math for Electronics||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 110||Math for Non-Science Majors||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|MATH& 142||Precalculus II, Functional Trigonometry||5|
|MATH& 146||Introduction to Stats||5|
|MATH& 151||Calculus I||5|
|MATH& 152||Calculus II||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|