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What is a Commercial Pilot?

Commercial pilots can be cargo pilots, tour pilots, or backcountry  pilots. They can be flight instructors, ferry pilots or glider tow  pilots. See a trend? A commercial pilot is simply one who is allowed by  the FAA to charge money for services. To fly a regularly scheduled  passenger service, or to fly for an airline, you'll also need to gain  the additional requirements for those specific jobs. 

Eligibility requirements

Commercial pilot applicants must be  at least 18 years old, be able to read, speak, write and understand  English, and hold at least a private pilot certificate. You'll need  at least 250 flight hours, including 100 hours of pilot-in-command time  and 50 hours of cross-country flight. Also, you'll need to get at least  10 hours of instrument training and 10 hours in a complex aircraft. 

Second Class Medical

You only need a 3rd Class medical to take your Commercial check ride. You may want to get a 2nd Class medical certificate -- you'll need at least a 2nd Class medical certificate to utilize your commercial pilot privileges, and there's nothing worse than finding out you can't pass a 2nd Class medical exam once you've completed your commercial training!              

Written Exam

Just like with the private pilot certificate, you'll want to get the  written exam out of the way early in your commercial pilot training. Once your  written exam is completed, you can focus on flying.              

Commercial Check Ride

Since you've taken checkrides before, you know what to expect: a  couple of hours of ground work for the verbal portion of the exam and a  quick flight is all it takes.

Remember, the examiner is testing to  see what kind of commercial pilot you'll be, so act professional at all times.