Becoming a Commercial Pilot

If you’re looking for a flight school that makes becoming a commercial pilot faster and more affordable, consider Paragon Flight’s P3 Professional Pilot Program. We break down the stages into manageable steps, provide intense training, and focus on quality over quantity of training.

Becoming a Commercial PilotParagon Flight is an FAA-authorized flight school under regulations from Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141 and Part 61. This duality allows us to provide full-time, rigidly structured instruction and part-time, flexible courses. Schedule a consultation with our Chief Flight Instructor to create a custom program built around your schedule, goals, and current status.

If you want the shortest distance to a paycheck as a pilot, ask us about the P3 Professional Pilot Program.

About the P3 Program

The P3 Professional Pilot Program leverages quality training, helps secure financial resources, and develops professional qualities to expedite the journey up the aviation career ladder.

Instead of the two-plus years it would take to earn the same credentials when approached traditionally, the P3 Program allows students to develop skills and earn the same certifications in fewer than ten months.

If you’re beginning with absolutely no experience, you’ll follow the following schedule, and if you already have your Private Pilot License (PPL), you’ll omit the program’s first phase.


  • Phase One (0-10 Weeks) – Private Pilot License (PPL) Training – the foundational basis for all future aviation training focused on best practices, good habits, and a thorough understanding of aviation concepts and aircraft systems.
  • Phase Two (11-18 Weeks) – Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) Training – skill development to utilize communication and navigation equipment during non-visual flight conditions.
  • Phase Three (19-30 Weeks) – Commercial License, Single Engine, and Multi-Engine (CSEL/CMEL) Training – mastery level training to professional standards in single-engine and multi-engine aircraft.
  • Phase Four (31-38 Weeks) – Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Training – the last phase of the program that permits professional pilots to operate as flight instructors. This role is ideal for flight instructors who need to accumulate more flight hours, like those who’d like to apply with an airline and need the 1,500 flight hours required. Flight instructor hours count toward the total, and flight instructors can do what they love, share it with others, improve their skills, and make a living.

The Prerequisites for Participation in the P3 Program:

  • Age – 18 years old, minimum
  • Education – high school graduate or GED recipient (some college preferred)
  • References – one professional + one personal
  • Driving record – clear
  • FAA record – clear
  • Criminal background check – clear
  • Cognitive and behavioral assessment – passed
  • FAA Medical Certificate Classification – First-Class
  • Language – English language (literate and fluent)
  • Availability – full-time (able to participate in 4-5 flight lessons and 10-20 hours of ground training weekly)
  • Characteristics – work ethic, ambition, integrity, and drive.

About Paragon Flight

Paragon Flight sets the stage for successful flight training by maximizing every element of the experience. All components of excellent fight training are available here at Paragon Flight, from our location(s) to our flight instructors, aircraft, and curriculum.

If you’re interested in becoming a commercial pilot, click here to contact Paragon Flight, or contact one of our locations directly at the following phone numbers:

  • Paragon Flight at Page Field (FMY) in Fort Myers, FL – (239) 747-0056
  • Paragon Flight at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda, FL – (941) 900-3131
  • Paragon Flight at LaGrange-Callaway Airport (LGC) in LaGrange, GA – (706) 903-9337.