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The Commercial Pilot Program is intended for the career-oriented pilot. Holding the commercial rating will allow you to fly for compensation or hire. You must carry a private pilot rating before beginning the commercial pilot program.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate.

Minimum Flight Requirements:

Ascent Aeronautical Academy is a Part 141 Program. The minimum flight time requirements to obtain a Commercial Pilot’s License under FAA Part 141 are as follows:

  • 115 hours total flight time including:
    • 30 Hours dual
    • 5 Hours of instrument training in an aircraft
    • 10 Hours solo
    • 5 Hours at night
    • 3 Hours training in preparation for the flight test (within 60 days of exam).
  • 30 Hours of ground training

To view the medical or certification requirements in greater detail, please contact the Federal Aviation Administration at

Cost Estimate:

The following cost estimate is based on the minimum required hours by the FAA.

Commercial  Costs  Amount    Total 
Flight Instruction 115 $495.00 $56,925.00
Ground School 30 $65.00 $1,950.00
Pre & Post Flight Briefing 30 $65.00 $1,950.00
Book Kit 1 $630.00 $630.00
FAA Examiner Fee 1 $800.00 $800.00
Aircraft Rental for Check Ride 1.5 $495.00 $742.50
FAA Medical Exam 1 $90.00 $90.00
Written Exam Test 1 $150.00 $150.00
Ground Software 1 $39.99 $39.99
TOTAL $63,277.49 

NOTE: All numbers and prices are subject to change.

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