Steps On Becoming A Commercial Pilot

Paragon Flight’s P3 Professional Pilot Program fast tracks the steps of becoming a commercial pilot on an accelerated timeline and lower budget than other companies make possible. 

Steps On Becoming A Commercial PilotThe P3 Program condenses each step toward a commercial pilot license into one 38-week Program. During this Program, student pilots earn a series of flight credentials, one step at a time.

Steps of the P3 Program

  • Step One (0-10 Weeks)Private Pilot License (PPL) – foundational phase of all flight training to develop skills and safe habits
  • Step Two (11-18 Weeks)Instrument Flight Rating (IFR) – instruction and practice regarding communication and navigation systems of aircraft
  • Step Three (19-30 Weeks)Commercial License, Single-Engine & Multi-Engine (CSEL & CMEL) – training focused on developing commercial-level mastery of flight in single- and multi-engine aircraft
  • Step Four (31-38 Weeks)Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) – the phase of the Program that provides commercial pilots with a means of making a living while accruing flight hours – sharing that passion with others

This condensed commercial pilot program’s intensity means that the pilot candidates who participate must meet specific prerequisites. Student pilots applying for the P3 Program should be at least 18 years old, proficient in oral and written communication in the English language, and have at least a high school diploma or GED. However, we prefer candidates to have some college experience. 

Applicants should supply two character references – one personal and one professional – to demonstrate their character, drive, and work ethic. The background check, behavioral and cognitive assessment, driving record, and FAA record should all be clear, and the candidate will need an FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate.

If you’d like to apply for an exception to any of these requirements, contact a training advisor at Paragon Flight.

Paragon Flight’s Flight Training Edge

Paragon Flight offers various advantages for our student pilots, including the weather here in Southwest Florida. The sunny, clear skies make takeoff and landing possible in this area all year long – over 350 days of the year. In addition to the weather, our location at Page Field makes it possible to accrue the flight hours you need without delay.

Paragon Flight facilities are remarkable, and we house an impeccable fleet of Technically Advanced Aircraft. 

  • Primary Training Aircraft
    • C172S Skyhawk
    • Piper PA 28 “Pilot”
    • PA-44 Seminole
  • Specialty Training Aircraft
    • Cessna T182T Skylane
    • Cirrus SR20
    • Cirrus SR22 G5/G6
    • ALSIM Flight Simulator

As an ideal aviation environment, Southwest Florida offers a wealth of qualified and experienced applicants, and our student pilots reap the rewards. Page Field, the home of Paragon Flight, offers a tower-controlled runway and several practice fields for accumulating flight time. Our students also have the very best Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs). 

Paying for Your Training

The financing for your flight training largely depends on your situation. Determining what works best for you, and completing the application process, can be overwhelming and confusing. We can help you sort through the options to find the best solutions, whether you qualify for aviation scholarships, grants, student loans, personal loans, or another funding source. We’ve had plenty of experience over the years.

Paragon Flight’s P3 Professional Pilot Program provides the steps for becoming a commercial pilot, preparing you for the first run to aviation success. Discover more about this Program by calling (239) 274-3170, or you can click here to contact us online.