How Do I Become a Commercial Pilot in Florida?

Interested in how to become a commercial pilot in Florida? The experts at Paragon Flight in Fort Myers have the answers you need!

Paragon Flight is an FAA-approved FAR Part 141 flight training center. Founded in 2006, we are known as the premier flight school in Southwest Florida because we provide excellent instructors, the most advanced aircraft available and the best training systems in the world.

How Do I Become A Commercial Pilot in FloridaWe offer a Part 141-approved curriculum for primary, instrument, and commercial training, or students may opt to follow a customized FAR Part 61 training program.

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

The FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, also known as the Commercial Pilot License (CPL), qualifies pilots to be paid for piloting an aircraft. Unlike the Private Pilot Certificate, which is designed for recreational use and only allows the pilot to share the cost of the flight, a CPL is the key to earning money as an aircraft pilot.

To be eligible for a Commercial Pilot License, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold a current Private Pilot Certificate.
  • Hold a valid 2nd Class Medical Certificate.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English.

The process at Paragon Flight begins by spending time with each student to evaluate his or her specific situation and goals. We are then able to custom design a training program that ensures each student meets their goals and the commercial requirements without spending additional time or money on flight time that is not needed or wanted. Once we develop your specific program, we will provide an outline of the coursework, time to completion and a detailed cost estimate.

A Commercial License for someone who already has a Private Pilot License typically consists of the following licenses and ratings:

  • Instrument Flight Rating (IFR)
  • Commercial License; Single Engine (CSEL) and/or Multi Engine CMEL)
  • Optional: Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Optional: Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument (CFI-I)

This license requires a minimum of 250 hours, so you will need to build your time after you complete your instrument rating, learning to fly in various situations, including solo and as the pilot-in-command and piloting a plane with designated gear. Flying cross-country in both day and nighttime conditions, as well as completing a specified number of takeoffs and landings are also general requirements.

Get more information about how to become a commercial pilot from Paragon Flight in Fort Myers, Florida. Call us today at (239) 274-3170!