Commercial Single Engine

The next step if you are considering becoming a professional pilot or plan to purchase an airplane and desire lower insurance rates is the Commercial Single Engine License.  Upon completion of this certificate, you would be allowed to fly airplanes for hire in a FAA approved charter operation or with further training become a Certified Flight Instructor.

The Commercial Pilot Certificate requires a minimum of 250 total time under FAR 61 non-approved school training.  FAR 141 approved schools like Pinnacle Aviation Academy can enroll you in the 120-hour Commercial Pilot Singe Engine Course.  If you have completed training for the Private Pilot Certificate and the Instrument Rating with the typical number of flight hours, the FAR 141 Commercial Pilot Course will allow you to obtain your goal in less than 250 hours.


  • You must be able to read, write and speak English
  • Be at least 18 years old (you can start training earlier).
  • Hold at least a Private Pilot License.
  • Pass a Third Class medical exam.
  • Pass a test on aeronautical knowledge.
  • Complete the required flight training for the course.
  • Pass a practical test.

Approximate Training Cost in a Cessna 152

110 hours – Cessna 152 @ $150/hrs.  $16,500
10 hours – Cessna 172 G1000 @$215/hrs.   $2,150
43 hours – Flight Instruction @ $90/hr.   $3,870
12 hours – Stage Checks @ $100/hr.   $1,200
Total Training Cost ** *$23,730

Approximate Training Cost in a Cessna 172

110 hours – Cessna 172R @ $200/hrs.      $22,000
10 hours – Cessna 172 G1000 @$215/hrs.    $2,150
43 hours – Flight Instruction @ $90/hr.   $3,870
12 hours – Stage Checks @ $100/hr.   $1,200
Total Training Cost ** *$29,220

Cessna Commercial Course Includes:

Cessna Commercial Pilot Courses Include:

  • Enrollment Key — Online course, FREE lifetime updates
  • Premium Cessna Pilot Center Flight Bag
  • Cessna Pilot Logbook
  • E6B Flight Computer and Plotter
  • Garmin Pilot VFR Premium — 1-year subscription (a $129.98 value!)
  • Online Access to:
    • Extensive digital library — FAA Handbooks, FAR/AIM, Cessna Pilot Information Manuals (PIMs) and much more
    • Comprehensive flight training syllabus
    • Graduation Certificate

Benefits of the Cessna Training Program

  • SAVES YOU TIME! You don’t have to travel back and forth to a ground school class 2-3 times per week.
  • CONVENIENCE – You can study when and where you choose! Home, Office or at the flight school.
  • REVIEW – you can review the lessons just before your check ride to “freshen up” – also in 2 years when you need a Flight Review, just log into the course and review!

Value of the Cessna Training Program:

  • The course includes over 30 hours’ worth of Instructional video lessons – If a Flight Instructor covered all the material in the course it would amount to over $2,200.00 of ground lessons billed!
  • The Computer Based Instruction lessons are taught by professionals. They include full motion graphics that could never be reproduced in the class room ground training environment.
  • With the Cessna training program minimal additional ground is needed thus lowering the total cost of flight training!
  • The course never expires, so you’ll have access to all of the in-depth knowledge sessions and flight previews and can review important topics well after you have completed your training.

* The actual training cost depends on the rate of learning of each student.

** In each of the above examples, the cost of study materials, charts and examiner’s fee are in addition to the flight training expense.