Commercial Rating

Commercial Pilot’s License Overview

Commercial Pilot certification provides the possibility of a paycheck for one’s flying talent.

Commercial Pilot training is the next step into the aviation profession. In order to be eligible for the Commercial Certification one must have the following:

  • Possess a current third class medical
  • Have a minimum of 250 hours of logged flying experience.
  • Pass a FAA 60 question multiple choice test from an authorized test center.
  • Complete the required aeronautical experience to apply for the certificate.
  • Pass a oral and flight test with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE).

AMFC is proud to offer tailored training that follows a training map. Nothing about the training map is rigid, but it does create a building block style of training that allows there to be great anticipation of what is next in training.

Suggested prerequisites prior to starting Commercial Training:

  • 235 hours of total flight time
    • This is a great time to get your tailwheel endorsement!
    • This is a great time to get your high performance endorsements!
    • This is a great time to get an aerobatic lesson!
    • You can also work on building solo time, go places!

Commercial Training Map

Commercial Pilot Training Cost

Please refer to the costs page for additional information regarding the cost of your Commercial Pilot Training.

Flight School Enrollment

Anytime of the year is a great time to start (or continue) your Commercial training at AMFC! Call us today at (360) 735-9441 to get started.

Aircraft Availability

The Commercial check ride must be completed in a complex aircraft ( moveable gear, flaps, and propeller).  AMFC offers a Piper Arrow II for this training. We also have a fleet of Cessnas and a J-5 Cub for the time building part of the training.

The Piper Arrow was built for cross country flying.  Many of our renters get the complex endorsement and a checkout in the Arrow to enjoy trips to Friday Harbor, Seattle, and the Oregon Coast.  The 200 HP engine does not require a high performance endorsement.  Piper strived to make an aircraft that is comfortable to fly, safe ,and stable.  Some of it’s unique features are the stabilator, anti-servo tab, differential ailerons, and autopilot.  Whether you are getting your first exposer to advanced aircraft systems, polishing up for check ride day, or want to enjoy destination flying, the Piper Arrow will not disappoint.

Feel free to fly both the Cessna 150 and the Cessna 172. They are great planes for time building.



Commercial Pilot Ground School

Tuesday evenings and Saturday morning classes are offered to concentrate on the advanced topics that come with Commercial Aviation.  During this four week course you will focus on advanced aerodynamics, aircraft systems, FARs for commercial flying, weather, and airspace.  You might think that you are familiar with these topics, but they may surprise you.  At the conclusion of this class you will have been exposed to every topic that the FAA will ask of you on the FAA written test.  Its is a 100 question multiple choice test with a large test bank of questions.  With a little studying you should feel prepared to take and ace the test. Click here for detailed information regarding our Commercial/CFI Pilot Ground School.

Can you study this information on your own?  Yes, of course you can.  But it is challenging material and the class is really fun, interactive, and hands on.  We have a medical examiner speak to us and we visit an ATC tower and visit an aircraft maintenance shop.  If your schedule does not allow for evening classes, then you may ask your flight instructor to walk you through the material or use an online course.