Commercial Pilot Training
10 Feb 2019

Spartan College Accelerates Your Commercial Pilot Training

Commercial pilot training provides students with the expertise and experience to begin a career in commercial aviation. At Spartan College, you’ll receive expert training in less time than at traditional flight schools, getting you into the cockpit and off the ground faster.

Traditional Path to a Pilot License

Student pilots need to complete several rounds of training to achieve a commercial pilot license.

The first step on the path to your commercial pilot license is earning your private pilot license. In order to earn a private pilot license, the FAA requires you to complete at least 40 hours of training in a single-engine plane, including at least 20 hours with an instructor and 10 hours of solo time, including one flight of at least 150 nautical miles.

After earning your private pilot license, those in commercial pilot training will have to complete instrument training. This training certifies a pilot to fly under instrument flight rules (IFR). There are two types of instrument training available: Part 61 and Part 141. Both types provide the same types of instruction, though Part 141 is often preferred by commercial airlines. That’s because the Part 141 instruction is done by an FAA-approved aviation school. The school must meet certain requirements and have its curriculum reviewed by the federal agency. Schools offering Part 141 training are subject to FAA surveillance audits and must meet minimum pass rates among its students.

Each requires training that includes classroom instruction, dual and solo flights, night flying, instrument instruction, cross-country flying, night takeoffs and landings and nearly 12- hours of in-flight dual training, along with a solo flight. Part 61 pilot school may offer students more flexibility in how to complete the training.

Getting a Commercial Pilot License

To get a commercial pilot license, a student must demonstrate the following:

  • Medical certification to fly
  • Private pilot license
  • Instrument rating
  • Training from an authorized instructor
  • Passing a written test
  • 250 hours of flight time
  • Passing a practical flight test given by an FAA instructor

The time it takes to complete these requirements depends greatly on the availability of instruction and flight time. At Spartan College, we help students complete their requirements thoroughly and completely. Here are some of the advantages of completing your training at Spartan College:

  • Become a certified flight instructor in 12 months, compared to 36-48 months at most schools.
  • Obtain an airline transport pilot (ATP) license with reduced flight minimums.
  • In-flight training begins your first week, not after 2 years like at other schools.
  • Obtain more hours in the air — 1,200-1,500 compared to 250-300 hours elsewhere.
  • Complete a bachelor’s degree in 33 months, compared to 48 months at other flight schools.

With a Spartan College education, you’ll be in the air sooner and on your way to a successful career as a commercial pilot. To learn more about Spartan’s programs, contact us today.