Commercial Pilot License
The commercial pilot certification allows the pilot to begin benefiting from flying. Most commercial pilots choose to work towards this after their Private Certification and Instrument Rating. However, it is not necessary to do so. Pilots can elect to go from their Private Pilot Certification straight to their Commercial Pilot Certification. This carries restrictions with it though so it’s not common.
Under Part 61 of the FAR, a pilot needs to have 250 flight hours at the time of taking the practical FAA exam. This is substantially reduced under part 141 where a minimum of 190 flight hours is required. It’s best to find some time and come in with your log and discuss with an instructor your best option based on your specific goals.
While there are other requirements that must be met, such as long cross countries and total cross country flight time, the biggest requirement that you must meet is to perform maneuvers and landings at a higher standard than your Private Certification as well as performing new maneuvers. You will most likely be introduced to Technologically Advanced Aircraft and Complex Aircraft as well during this time as it is required for your checkride.
After you achieve your Commercial Certification you will be able to now receive compensation for your flight. A large portion of commercial pilots will be working towards a goal of becoming an Airline Pilot. This requires a minimum of 1500 hours unless you’ve attended a college/university with an aviation program as your major or were fortunate enough to have flown in the military. Normally, to get to that point some pilots take positions flying skydivers, banner towing, crop dusting and some charter positions just to name a few, while the vast majority of commercial pilots reach their flight hours goal quickly by undergoing flight instructor training and passing the excitement of flying on to others.