Academic Catalog

Commercial Pilot Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
AVP 175Commercial Pilot I4
AVP 180Commercial Pilot II4
AVP 185Commercial Pilot III4
AVP 210Commercial Pilot IV4
AVP 215Commercial Pilot V4
AVP 220Commercial Pilot VI4
AVP 230Commercial Pilot VII4
AVP 235Commercial Pilot VIII4
AVP 240Commercial Pilot IX4
AVP 245Commercial Pilot X4
AVP 250Commercial Pilot XI4
AVP 255CAPCommercial Pilot XII4
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
 Technical Credits63

Commercial Pilot I

Item #
AVP 175
Total Credits
4

Acquire initial VFR cross-country flight training. Pilotage, dead-reckoning, and radio navigation will be covered. 

Prerequisites
FAA Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument-Airplane Rating. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot II

Item #
AVP 180
Total Credits
4

Receive additional VFR cross-country flight training. Additional flight training will encompass mountain flying techniques and local night flight operations. 

Prerequisites
AVP 175 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot III

Item #
AVP 185
Total Credits
4

Receive final training in VFR cross-country flight and night operations. The cross-country flight hours required for Commercial Pilot Certification will be completed. 

Prerequisites
AVP 180 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot IV

Item #
AVP 210
Total Credits
4

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. 

Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in AVP 185 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot V

Item #
AVP 215
Total Credits
4

Gain additional aeronautical knowledge and flying skills necessary for advanced precision flight maneuvers. 

Prerequisites
AVP 210 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot VI

Item #
AVP 220
Total Credits
4

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. 

Prerequisites
AVP 215 or equivalent.
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Commercial Pilot VII

Item #
AVP 230
Total Credits
4

Operate a high-performance aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant-speed propeller. Basic flight maneuvers and aircraft systems will be covered. 

Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in AVP 220 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot VIII

Item #
AVP 235
Total Credits
4

Operate a high-performance aircraft with retractable landing gear and constant-speed propeller. Advanced flight maneuvers as well as emergency procedures will be mastered. 

Prerequisites
AVP 230 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot IX

Item #
AVP 240
Total Credits
4

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. 

Prerequisites
AVP 235 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot X

Item #
AVP 245
Total Credits
4

Receive initial preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate. 

Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in AVP 240 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot XI

Item #
AVP 250
Total Credits
4

Receive additional preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate. 

Prerequisites
AVP 245 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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Commercial Pilot XII

Item #
AVP 255CAP
Total Credits
4

Receive final advanced preparative training to increase aeronautical skills and experience to meet the requirements for the issuance of a Commercial Pilot Certificate. 

Prerequisites
AVP 250 or equivalent. Instructor permission only.
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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
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This page was last updated on August 06, 2015.