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Commercial Pilot Certificate

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For students who wish to obtain the Commercial Pilot Certificate I

It’s important to find an FAA-approved flight training school that offers Certified Pilot Training

(Good news – we do!)

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This advanced stage of instruction on the path to a commercial pilot certificate incorporates the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct long-range flight operations. Students learn to conduct flight planning to unfamiliar airports using a detailed weather analysis, fuel requirement computations and IFR alternate provision planning.

Additional training is provided in hazardous material handling, in-depth aircraft systems management and existing Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR’s). Students who successfully complete the Commercial Pilot Certificate gain competence in a wide range of commercial aviation operations. Utilization of the entire National Airspace is encouraged to provide a natural conversion to inevitable, follow-on, commercial aviation operations.

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Earn within second year of training

Students in the professional pilot degree programs can earn their Commercial Pilot Certificate within their second academic year.

Ground + Flight Training

In a combination of classroom and flight instruction, students are prepared for the successful completion of the Commercial Pilot Certificate.

Master Complex Aircraft Operations

Students become proficient in complex, challenging, and emergency procedures of single-engine aircraft.

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For the Commercial Pilot Multi-Part 1 certification, advanced instruction continues to further develop skills in IFR and commercial areas of operation. Students learn to assist with the development of accurate and effective aeronautical decision-making skills during normal and emergency flight scenarios.

Flight planning now includes a more advanced weather analysis and instruction on advanced instrument displays. Procedural protocols are introduced, including: departure and arrival procedures, GPS approach requirements, crew response to emergencies and basic crew resource management principles.

Successful commercial pilot certificate course completion results in the student having a greater depth of systems knowledge and a fundamental understanding of coordinated crew response for the purpose of enhancing the safety of all flight operations.


Earn within third year of training

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics program can earn their Commercial Multi-Engine Rating within their third academic year.

Ground + Flight Training

In combination of the classroom and flight instruction, students are prepared for successful completion of their Commercial Multi-Engine Rating.

Certificates and Ratings

Students in CAU commercial pilot programs earn the following certificates/ratings:


Commercial Pilot Ground School

You will begin your journey toward becoming a commercial pilot through developing a working knowledge of the fundamentals of the craft. Complex aircraft systems will be explored in the context of both normal and abnormal procedures.

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Commercial Pilot Flight School

During this section of the program, you will be equipped to conduct long-range operations. You will learn how to navigate unfamiliar airports, conduct flight planning utilizing detailed weather analysis, compute fuel requirements, and implement challenging procedures under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions.

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Those with a Commercial Pilot Certificate are qualified for employment as pilots, line pilots, captains, first officers, charter pilots, check airmen, and flight operations directors. Organizations and businesses which hire those with the Commercial Pilot Certificate include airlines, agricultural businesses, governmental agencies, flight schools, cargo carriers, tour and charter operations, and private companies. The median annual salary for a commercial pilot is $115,670, and the occupational field is expected to grow by 4% over the next few years.

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