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John asked in Cars & TransportationAircraft · 5 months ago

In general how much does it cost to get your single engine commercial pilot's license assuming you already have your private?


I live in the USA.

5 Answers

  • 4 months ago

    It depends how many hours you have already. I think you need 250 hours to qualify. If you have at least 230, your flight instruction and checkride should cost around $5-8000. Do what I am doing and share expenses with other pilots who are trying to build time. If the PIC is wearing foggles, you can log the time in the right seat a safety pilot. Hang around at small airports and you will find people to fly with

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  • 5 months ago

    Commercial planes that fly on regular routes have to have two engines. So you will need a two engine or multiple engine rating. Figure $250 per hour of flight time and you need 20 hours. Add in a few thousand more for classes and an instructor pilot.

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  • JetDoc
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    The MINIMUM flight time required to earn a PRIVATE pilot's certificate in the USA is 40 hours.  MOST students actually need closer to 60 hours before they are ready for their final tests to earn the license.  

    A COMMERCIAL pilot's certificate requires a MINIMUM of 200 hours, and most students use some of that time to train for an instrument rating and ratings for high performance/complex aircraft. 

    If you already have a Private certificate, then you should be aware of the costs for an hour of flying, with an instructor.  You do the math.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    This is analogous to asking how much dinner will cost tonight, if you already ate breakfast. Too many variables.

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  • 5 months ago

    There is no general, no average and no ball-park which make any sense. That’s because costs are unique to everyone.

    Prices for tuition vary worldwide and we have no idea where you live, and fuel prices also vary.

    Considering you’ll need to get instrument-rated, will need medical tests, and a whole host of extras to move from a mere private pilot to being a commercial pilot, all that can be said is that it costs whatever it costs, starting at expensive and judging by the number of candidates who drop out the costs run to totally unaffordable.

    If you can afford to take time out from your normal career and get intensive tuition in a country where bad weather and poor visibility rarely limit your flying hours then the total costs can be a lot lower than if you spread the tuition out over a few years and do it in a country like the UK where poor weather can severely limit your opportunities to fly.

    The USA and Australia are both great places to convert due to big open uncrowded skies, reliable weather and lower additional costs (cheaper fuel in USA, cheaper accommodation in Australia). Also the international language of commercial aviation is English, so if your first language is not English then that’s an additional benefit of both countries.

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    • Robsteriark
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Cite your reference for that $10,000. Here in the UK tuition is FAR more expensive but many wouldn’t spend $10k. The expensive bit is completing enough hours each year to retain the PPL.

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