Have you ever wanted to fly airplanes as a career? Professional pilots do not exclusively fly for major airlines, they also find a significant job market in General Aviation. With the Commercial Pilot License, all of the skills that you have learned thus far will be polished, and your knowledge of aerodynamics, advanced aircraft systems, and meteorology will now be put to the test. You will be able to fly a technically advanced aircraft with retractable landing gear, adjustable propeller, and most often with engines exceeding 200hp. The Commercial License allows you to receive financial compensation for your services of flying aircraft. Although some limitations apply, you will become eligible to work for charter operations, air taxis, private corporate fleets, or one of numerous aircraft operators.

Eligibility Requirements for the Commerical Pilot License:

  • Must hold a Private Pilot License
  • Must hold a Class II Medical Certificate (to perform the duties of a Commercial Pilot)
  • Must Pass a FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test
  • Must Pass a FAA Oral/Practical Exam
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language
  • Recommended: Instrument Rating

Certification Requirements under Part 141:

  • Completion of Marcair Part 141 Private Pilot and Instrument Course (Marcair Requirement)
  • 190 hours Total Flight Training
    • 120 hours for Commercial License
    • 35 hours for Private Pilot License
    • 35 hours for Instrument Rating
  • 55 hours Dual Flight Instruction
    • Instrument training
    • Complex Airplane
    • High Performance Airplane
    • Cross Country Flights
    • Additional time to meet requirement
    • 3 hours Checkride Preparation
  • 10 hours Solo
    • Day/Night Cross Country
    • Additional Practice

Certification Requirements under Part 61:

  • 250 hours Minimum Flight Time
    • 100 hours in Powered Aircraft
    • 100 hours Pilot in Command
    • 50 hours Cross-Country Flight
  • 20 hours Dual Instruction
    • 10 hours Instrument Training
    • 10 hours Complex Aircraft Training
    • 4 hours Cross-Country Flight
    • 3 hours Practical Test Preparation
  • 10 hours Solo
    • 5 hours Night VFR
    • 1 Solo Cross Country Flight of at least 300NM

What to Expect

For graduates of the Part 141 Private/Instrument Courses the 141 Commercial course is the next logical step, as it allows for a 60 hour flight time reduction in the minimum training requirements. In order to enroll in the Part 141 Commercial Pilot course at Marcair, applicants should have either graduated from a Private/Instrument course at Marcair or just recently completed the Instrument Rating. In some cases commercial applicants have already attained various levels of flight experience. In this case the training will be customized and conducted under Part 61 regulations. The training will include advanced handling of the aircraft, advanced systems training, proficiency in complex/high performance aircraft, emergency procedures, regulations pertaining to commercial operations, advanced meteorology, and aeronautical decision making.


For both Part 61 and 141 courses, you will use the proven Cessna Computer Based Instruction (CBI) training program as described in the Learn to Fly information page.


We offer competitive training packages for Private, Instrument, and Commercial Courses at this time. The Commercial Pilot Part 141 Course is elligible for student loans provided through SLM Financial. For more information about training with us, please call us at 817-430-0005 or stop by for a tour.