Travis Hamblen
CFI | CFII | MEI

Advanced Training

Commercial Pilot

Even if you do not plan on working as a commercial pilot, gaining your commercial license will make you a much more skilled pilot and hone your skills to a professional pilot level. This increases your proficiency and safety.  After gaining this license, you can earn money as a pilot. Many young commercial pilots will go on to gain their instructors certificate.  Other options would include glider towing, banner towing, crop spraying, aerial photography, corporate jets, and airlines.

Flight Requirements - airplane, single-engine:

Total Time: 250 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

  • 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes.
  • 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, that includes at least--
  • 50 hours in airplanes; and
  • 50 hours in cross-country flying of which at least 10 hours must be in airplanes.
  • Dual: 20 hours of flight training on the Commercial Pilot areas of operation that includes at least--
  • 10 hours of instrument training of which at least 5 hours must be in a single engine airplane;
  • 10 hours of training in a complex airplane or a turbine powered airplane;
  • 1 cross-country of 2 hours in a single engine airplane in day VFR conditions of a total straight line distance of more than 100 nm. from the departure point;
  • 1 cross-country of 2 hours in a single engine airplane in night VFR conditions of a total straight line distance of more than 100 nm. from the departure point;
  • 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test.
  • Solo: 10 hours of solo flight in a single engine airplane on the Commercial Pilot areas of  operation, that includes:
  • One cross-country flight of not less than 300 nm. with landings with a min of 3 points, one of which is a straight line distance of more than 250 nm.; and
  • 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings at a controlled airport.

The 250 hours is total time. So between all the training requirements, and some flying fun, you will find that it is an easy and fun to reach goal.



I can be reached on my cell phone between 8AM and 8PM at (651)269-6542.

I can be reached via email at TravisHamblen@gmail.com.