Best Commercial Pilot School

Getting paid to fly requires a commercial pilot license. This can be both exhilarating and rewarding, but finding the best flight training school will be a key part of your success.

Paragon Flight, based in Fort Myers, Florida, exemplifies excellence and provides one of the finest learning experiences for prospective pilots. Since 2006, we have been recognized by The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), the world’s largest aviation association, as one of the top flight schools in the country.

Commercial Pilot Training (CSEL & CMEL)

Best Commercial Pilot SchoolCommercial pilots can act as the pilot-in-command (PIC) of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or cargo and be paid for it. Usually, professional pilots start their careers by performing sightseeing flights, towing banners, patrolling pipelines, dropping off skydivers, or by becoming Certified Flight Instructors.

Paragon offers two routes for obtaining your commercial license – single engine (CSEL) and multi-engine (CMEL). Some clients elect to obtain both, but the decision is up to you.

If you intend to transport passengers or cargo commercially, you should also hold an instrument rating so that you can fly without restrictions. Paragon Flight can help you complete your instrument rating add-on in a very short time.

FAQs about Pilot Training

Q: How long does it take to get a pilot certificate?

A. The FAA has established the minimum number of logged flight time required for obtaining a pilot certificate. The minimums are 20 hours for a sport pilot certificate, 30 hours for a recreational certificate, 35 to 40 hours for a private pilot certificate, 120 to 250 for a commercial pilot certificate, and about 1,500 hours for an airline transport pilot certificate.

Q: What makes a good training aircraft? 

A: Paragon Flight aircraft are designated Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA), which means they all feature the very best equipment available. We offer single-engine planes such as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and its bigger brother, the Cessna Stationair C206H. For pilots seeking their multi-engine rating, we offer the Piper PA-44 Seminole, which has set the benchmark for reliability and safety for all multi-engine training aircraft. 

Q: Is Paragon Flight VA-friendly?

A. Paragon Flight is a veteran-friendly flight school and can offer support and financial aid through the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Veterans who want to advance their training and already have a Private Pilot License and valid medical certification can take advantage of the Montgomery FI Bill, under which the VA will reimburse you for 60% of approved charges. We also offer Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to veterans, their spouses, or their dependent children through our partnership with Liberty University’s School of Aeronautics

Q: Is flight training expensive? 

A. The frequency of your flight lessons, the type of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and your own abilities will all affect the cost of your flight training. Paragon Flight has partnered with We Florida Financial to provide a simple and seamless financing program for aspiring pilots. The program provides a fixed-rate line of credit from $5,000 to $30,000.

If you are looking for the best school for commercial pilot training, look no further than Paragon Flight in Fort Myers, Florida. Get in touch with us at (239) 274-3170 to explore your options and get started on your dream of an aviation career.