Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot

The FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as Commercial Pilot License (CPL) qualifies pilots to be financially compensated for piloting an aircraft. Unlike the Private Pilot Certificate, which is designed for recreational use and only permits the licensed pilot to share the cost of the flight, a CPL is the key to earning money through your service as an aircraft pilot.

Meeting minimum equivalent licensing requirements to be co-validated as a commercial pilot across the world, with the exception of countries in the European Union that require our dual EASA + FAA with ATPL Course, our pilot training courses are recognized internationally.

Commercial Pilot License Course Requirements

To be eligible to pursue a Commercial Pilot License, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold at least a current private pilot certificate.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.

Commercial Pilot License Course Overview

Offering four different commercial pilot course options to suit the individual needs of our aspiring career pilots, our flight school prepares students for prosperous aviation careers through a strong emphasis on safety and professionalism.

  • Single-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d
  • Multi-Engine Commercial Add-On
  • Single-Engine Commercial Add-On

Epic Flight Academy’s unique FAA-approved Commercial Pilot courses allow students to enroll directly after completing their Instrument Rating, rather than having to first build additional flight time. All four of our Commercial courses cover procedures required for students to meet the FAA Commercial Pilot Training Practical Test Standards. Mastering maneuvers essential for complex aircraft operation in state-of-the-art training Cessna and Piper aircraft, Epic Commercial Pilots are thoroughly prepared for the jet cockpit of their dreams.

Commercial Pilot – Multi-Engine

The Commercial Multi-Engine Land (CMEL) course is conducted in a multi-engine Piper Seminole training aircraft, which is defined as “complex” because it has a constant speed propeller and retractable landing gear. The course is essential for aspiring airline pilots and covers topics such as Slow Flight, Stalls, and VMC Demos, focusing on proper procedures for complex emergency situations.

Commercial Pilot – Single-Engine

Though not required, the Commercial Single-Engine Land (CSEL) Initial course is a logical step for some pilots based upon their career track. The course is conducted in a single-engine Piper Arrow complex training aircraft and covers Chandelles, Eights-on-Pylons, and Lazy Eights, perfecting the use of a rudder.

Students that have completed the CMEL course, may enroll in the Single-Engine Add-On Rating course which covers the same topics as the CSEL Initial but is conducted in the Cessna 172, as complex aircraft training requirements have already been met.

Commercial Pilot License Course Duration

Full-time students enrolled in our accelerated Professional Pilot Pathway program will have a minimum of 20 hours of flight lessons per week. Students who truly dedicate themselves to completing their Multi-Engine or Single-Engine Initial CPL, studying hard and making pilot training the top priority, can complete a course within 4 to 6 weeks; the Single-Engine Add-On is often complete in as little as 1 week. Part-time students that are working or enrolled in school may find that their CPL courses take 2-3 months to finish based on scheduling limitations. However, our course duration is an estimate, and we highly encourage you to chat with an Admissions Representative directly about your training needs and availability for a customized approximation.

Commercial Pilot License Course Training

The FAA requires students to log a minimum of 65 total flight hours in order to be eligible for the Commercial Pilot Multi-Engine Land Certificate, 18 for the Single-Engine Initial Certificate, and 10 for the Single-Engine Add-On Rating. We find that most Epic Flight Academy students complete within the required total flight hours for each of our Commercial Pilot courses.

Commercial Pilot License Course Tuition

Single-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d

Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 32 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 8 Hours
Solo Flight – Cessna 172 – 10 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 7 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Time: 2 months
Total Course Tuition: $13,423.66

Multi-Engine Commercial Initial – Part 141d

Commercial Ground School – 40 Hours
Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Time Building Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Partner – 32.5 Hours
Flight Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 7 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 30 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 10 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 3 Hours
Total Time: 2 months
Total Course Tuition: $17,709.03

Multi-Engine Commercial Add-On

Flight Simulator – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 3 Hours
Flight – Piper PA-44 w/ Instructor – 5 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 14 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 4 Hours
Total Time: 3 weeks
Total Course Tuition: $3,725.00

Single-Engine Commercial Add-On

Flight – Cessna 172 w/ Instructor – 15 Hours
One-on-One Ground Instruction – 9 Hours
Pre/Post-Activity Briefing – 5 Hours
Total Time: 2 weeks
Total Course Tuition: $5,360.00

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Meet Your Commercial Pilot Course Team Leader!

Orcun Doganci
Orcun Doganci is the Commercial Pilot License Course Manager.

Orcun Doganci serves as Epic’s Commercial Pilot Course Manager. In this role, Orcun’s primary goals are to ensure that all students in the Commercial Pilot Course progress through their training efficiently and to provide guidance and assistance to the students and their flight instructors. Orcun is committed to providing the best possible learning experience to all students. Orcun trained at Epic, so he knows the high standards we hold for all students.

What’s next after I earn my Commercial Pilot License?

Once you have earned your Commercial Pilot License, you will probably want to go on to the next rating: Flight Instructor Courses, which is the next step toward the ultimate goal of becoming a professional pilot!