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A Commercial Pilot license permits you to carry passengers and cargo for compensation or hire. After earning your Private Pilot license, the Commercial Pilot license is the next step for pilots wishing to improve their skill and knowledge levels or if they are on the Career Pilot Program. The completion standards are higher for commercial pilots and the majority of costs associated with this rating are from building hours to meet the FAA experience requirements.


The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Course syllabus is designed to build upon the aeronautical knowledge and skills learned during the Private Helicopter Pilot Course. At the end of the Commercial Helicopter Pilot Course, you will have acquired the aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency necessary to pass the FAA Commercial Pilot exam. You will then be able to fly for hire or continue on to the Certified Flight Instructor course if following the Career Pilot Program.

Enrollment Prerequisites

  Must have a Private Pilot certificate for helicopters

Eligibility Requirements

  •   Be at least 18 years of age
  •   Read, speak, write and understand English
  •   If a non-U.S. citizen, the student must undergo the flight training application process    mandated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Commercial Pilot Course
Block Rate
Dual Flight Instruction
Pilot in Command (Solo)
Instrument Training (R44 Helicopter)
Ground Instruction
Books and Supplies
FAA Knowledge Test
FAA Practical Test
Commercial Pilot Course Total (estimate)**

** Hours are based on Part 61 FAA minimums, not average completion times. Rates listed for the R22 are block rates, available when customer chooses cash deposit option of $3,000 deposit increments. Add $10/hr for regular rate on R22 aircraft rental. Prices for books & supplies, the knowledge test, the FAA’s practical test and your medical certificate may vary slightly.