How to Become a Commercial Pilot

Being a commercial pilot is an admirable occupation, but how to become one isn’t common knowledge. At its most basic, you’ll need to go to school, just like any other professional. Paragon Flight offers one of the best programs in the world to chase your dreams in the sky.

How to Become a Commercial PilotNot all flight schools are equal. Just as when you look for the right college, you should consider the quality of the flight schools you’re considering. Ensure that the one you choose has the capacity to provide the level of training that you’re seeking.

Paragon Flight has the fleet of aircraft, superior instructors, and personalized approach that will have you serving as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of your own aircraft.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is one of the most prestigious aviation advocates in the country, and they routinely recognize Paragon Flight, and our instructors, as some of the best in the United States. For an aviation curriculum driven by your schedule and your learning style, come to Paragon Flight.

Fort Myers, FL, enjoys a sublime climate and ideal proximity to practice airfields and metropolitan areas. The airport, Page Field, is where we, Paragon Flight, have our home base. With 350+ days of perfect flying weather each year, plenty of practice spaces, and accommodations for all budgets and preferences, we’re ideally positioned for your aviation education.

At Paragon Flight, we help pilots pursue a range of licenses and endorsements including private pilot license, commercial pilot license, multi-engine commercial license, add-on ratings for multi-engine, instrument rating, and Certified Flight Instructor (I, II, and MEI).

Before you can make a dime in the cockpit, you must have your commercial license. Once you have that credential, you’ll be able to move up the ladder regarding endorsements and other qualifications needed to advance in the industry.

Learning to fly with Paragon Flight means that you’ll gain your practical experience in a safe, proven, standard for the type of flight training you’re undertaking. The fleet includes the Cessna 172S Skyhawk, Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, Cessna T182T Skylane, Cirrus SR20 G6, Cirrus SR22 G5/G6, and an ALSIM AL172 Flight Simulator. Each of these aircraft is maintained to the utmost standards, so you can feel safe as you embark upon your practical training.

In order to earn pilot credentials, those hours do need to be logged. This requirement can be a burden to busy adults, but we, as a Part 61 approved flight school, can allow some flexibility in scheduling. When pursuing your commercial pilot license, you’ll need to accrue between 120-250 flight hours.

In addition to being a Part 61 flight school, we are also privileged to be authorized as a Part 141 flight school. If you come to us for this program, it will be more rigidly structured; however, it’s necessary for those students who wish to use GI Benefits, student financial aid, or an M-1 Student Visa as an international student.

If you’ve been playing with the notion of making flight your career and need to know how to become a commercial pilot, the answer is simple. Call Paragon Flight at (239) 274-3170 to create a personalized plan that works around your ambitions and reality or to schedule a Discovery Flight to get a feel for instruction and the feeling of having the controls in your hand.