Advanced Training to Take You Higher

Upon completing the pilot qualifications for a commercial pilot, pilots can fly for hire. This means they can receive compensation for services they render as pilots under various conditions. Despite some limitations to the license, pilots at the commercial level begin to see returns on their investment. Like ADF Airways, the best flight schools instruct pilots who become flight instructors, banner towers, or crop dusters. They may also go work for an airline—corporate or Charter Company.

Most aspiring pilots get a commercial single- and multi-engine rating, though some choose one or the other. ADF strongly recommends these ratings, as these pilot qualifications create more options for employment. The best of both worlds, this license means you can start flying single and move onto twins with the required experience.

Regardless of your chosen path, ADF Airways will provide you with the knowledge and skills to complete your commercial pilot flight training. With this license, you’re ready to join the world of the professional aviator.


In Order to Complete Your Pilot Qualifications and Fly for Hire, You Must:

  • Be a Private Pilot
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a second-class medical exam
  • Have 250 hours of flight experience
  • Have 10 hours of multi-engine or complex aircraft time
  • Meet minimum Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time requirements
  • Meet the minimum cross-country flight time requirements
  • Pass the FAA knowledge exam
  • Pass the FAA practical (oral and flight) exam

The Training Program

Learn quickly and effectively with our time-tested, curriculum-based program. Our seamless flight training programs interweave ground and flight school with simulators, books, and videos to maximize learning. All training is delivered on a one-on-one basis. Your experienced ADF Flight Instructor will guide you through each stage with patience and a smile. Classes can be arranged to fit your busy schedule. We are available for training 7 days a week, 363 days a year (closed Christmas and New Year’s Day).

Stage 1 – Gaining Flight Experience

During this stage, you will complete the required aeronautical experience to fly on your own. Usually, you make cross-country flights to obtain the required time. ADF Airways will guide you regarding the flying time you need to meet the requirements. We custom tailor your training so you meet the FAA requirement of 250 total hours, which includes private and instrument training. We also factor in 50 hours of simulator training, which reduces flight training expenses.

Your goal is to reach 220 total hours of flight time before stage two. To complete your commercial pilot flight training, you’re also required to pass the FAA written examination.

Stage 2 – Single Engine Maneuvers

Once you’ve accumulated the 220 hours of flight time and have passed the commercial written exam, you’re ready to train for commercial maneuvers. In addition to 10 hours of training in advanced aircraft maneuvers, you’ll also complete 10 hours of solo flight time to practice. Ground training will cover Crew Resource Management, Aeronautical Decision-Making, Weather, Air Carrier/Operator Federal regulations, aircraft and passenger considerations, and PIC professionalism.

Stage 3 – Multi-Engine Time

Multi-engine aircrafts allow commercial operations to travel farther, faster, and higher while transporting the largest loads possible per flight. ADF will prepare you to proficiently command these aircrafts with training in our Piper Seminole. The Seminole is considered one of the better multi-engine trainers thanks to its relative stability and weight structure.

After completing stage 3, you’ll be recommended for the FAA practical (oral and flight) examination. Upon passing the exam, you’ll be issued a Commercial Pilot, Single-Engine and Multi-Engine Land Certificate, and you’ll be free to pursue a career as a pilot.

All training is geared towards meeting or exceeding the FAA Practical Test Standard (PTS). To see the actual Commercial Pilot PTS and what’s required, click here.

Where Do I Go From Here?

Once you’ve completed the pilot qualifications to be a commercial pilot, you have the education and training to fly for hire. In addition to the Commercial Pilot License, many owner/operators require a certain amount of flight experience—especially if you’re aspiring for your Airline Transport Pilot certificate.

One of the best ways to build flight experience is to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). As a certified flight instructor, you’ll gain valuable practice while teaching students to fly. Instructors are also allowed to log the flight training they give as flight experience. This helps a pilot market themselves to a regional, cargo, or character company while adding to their total flight time. Besides, the best flight schools know the time trusted axiom that the best way to learn something is to teach it themselves.

When it comes to earning experience, becoming a certified flight instructor is a desirable next step.

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