Jack Edwards National Airport (KJKA)

3190 Airport Drive Gulf Shores, AL  36542

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Commercial Pilot

Here is an overview of what it takes to become a commercial pilot. (ASEL)

Prerequisites

⬜ Valid private pilot certificate and third-class medical (or greater – a second-

class medical is required to exercise commercial privileges once you pass your checkride).

 

⬜ At least 18 years old

 

⬜ Read, speak, write, and understand English


⬜ 70% or better score on commercial pilot knowledge test

Minimum Aeronautical Experience

250 hours of flight time, including at least

 

   ⬜ 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes

 

   ⬜ 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least –

 

      ⬜ 50 hours in airplanes

      ⬜ 50 hours cross-country flight (10 hrs. or more in airplanes)

 

   ⬜ 20 hours of training on the areas of operation in §61.127(b)(1) that 

       includes at least –

 

      ⬜ 10 hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. (5 of the 10 hours must be in SEL airplanes)

      ⬜ 10 hours of training in a complex aircraft (retractable landing gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propeller) or turbine powered or TAA.

      ⬜ One 2-hour day XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.

      ⬜ One 2-hour night XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.

   ⬜ 3 hours of practical test prep flights within the preceding 2 

calendar months with a CFI

   ⬜ 10 hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane OR 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of PIC in a single engine airplane w/ a CFI on board, including –

 

      ⬜ One XC flight of not less than 300nm total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straight-line distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point.


      ⬜ 5 hours night VFR w/ 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (each with a flight in the traffic pattern), at an airport w/ an operating control tower

Taken from 14 CFR 61.129 – Aeronautical Experience