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Commercial Pilot Training

So you wanna fly as a career... #Greatchoice


We sit here in the long foretold pilot shortage, it's the best time to become a pilot and take on aviation as a career.


What you need to know.


Flying is a way of life as much as it is a career, there are endless opportunities all throughout the world and it can be one of the most rewarding careers anyone could ever want. (If you ask us, there is absolutely nothing better)


However becoming a professional pilot isn't all fun and games and there are some serious considerations that you should take into account before taking the plunge, we want you to be in the know right from the start, so we will review some basics right here.


How long does it take?


This is the ultimate question, and depends on a great many factors. Two of the most important being; How much time can you spend flying per week? And do you have all of the money to do it or are you going to pay as you go while you work.


The more you can fly every week, the faster you will get it done, but that means the less you will be able to work at your normal job. If you have the ability to fly 5 to 6 days a week this is really the best way to earn your commercial license and get into the workforce, typically this route will take your about 12 months in New England. Depending on the type of student you are it might go a bit longer or it could go a bit shorter. 


If you can't dedicate that much time to it because you have some sort of real job, then it will take you longer. The example is flying 2 times per week, it will take you about 1 year to earn a private pilot license, 1 year to earn your instrument rating, and another 1.5 years to earn your commercial pilots license. So going this route could take you between 3 and 5 years before you're able to get into the work force.


Now becoming a professional pilot isn't a get rich quick scheme, just like anything in life it takes dedication and hard work to make it as a professional pilot and a good amount of time working your way up from the bottom of the pile before you start making the big bucks. So if you're used to living a 100k/year lifestyle, unless your independently wealthy you might not want to make this change without taking some more time to research the process.


The Breakdown.


This is the need to know information for anyone considering becoming a professional pilot.

Initial Training: (estimated training cost $45,000.00, estimated training time 12 months based on 6 flights per week)


  • Private Pilot License: This license takes on average 60 hours to complete and costs approximately $12,000.00 once all costs are totaled. You can fly for fun in good weather.

  • Instrument Rating: This add-on to your private lets you fly in the clouds. It takes an average of 50 hours to complete and costs approximately $11,750.00.

  • Commercial Pilot License: Requires 250 hours of flight time and allows you to get a job as a pilot. This license takes the remaining balance of your flight time when you complete your instrument rating and costs approximately $18,000.00.

  • Multi Engine Commercial Add-on: This add-on to your commercial pilot certificate allows you to fly multi engine airplanes. Fixed price courses are offered at different schools for around $2500.00.


Entry level jobs:
Once you have completed your commercial pilot certificate there are a few options that you can pursue as you now have the ability to get an entry level flying job. Salaries average between $15,000.00 and $60,000.00 per year in these job categories. Your typical job options at this point consist of the following:


  • Jump Pilot: Flying skydivers for a skydiving center. This job is typically seasonal unless you can find a job in a warmer climate. These jobs normally pay by the load and range from $8.00-$20.00 per load depending on your experience and type of equipment you’re flying. Flight times average between 500 – 1000 hours per year.

  • Banner Tow Pilot: Flying banners over stadiums, beaches, and cities, these pilots typically make between $8.00 - $20.00 per hour depending on type of operation and experience. Flight times average between 300 – 700 hours per year.

  • Air Tour Pilot: You can fly air tours out of certain scenic areas around the country. This is typically a seasonal position and pay will range from $8.00 - $15.00 per hour. Flight times average between 300 – 700 hours per year.

  • Certified Flight Instructor: This will cost an additional $7500.00 and allow you to get a job working for a flight school training pilots. Flight Instructor pay ranges from $8.00 - $25.00 per hour. Flight times average between 300 – 1100 hours per year.

Tier 2 jobs
Once you have built your flight time up to 1500 hours and taken the qualifying Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) knowledge test, you can start applying for jobs at the following. Salaries range from $16,000.00 to $70,000.00 per year.

  • Regional Airline Pilot (Small airlines)

  • Charter Pilot (Private jet companies)

  • Personal Pilot (Privately owned aircraft)

Tier 3 jobs
Once you have built your flight time to around 5000 hours there is a whole new world of possibilities for pilot jobs. You can start applying for jobs at major airlines from Southwest, to international carriers like Cathay. There are also other industry jobs including test pilots and factory pilots. Salaries range from $50,000 to $300,000.00 per year.


The Entry Level, Tier 2, and Tier 3 jobs are loose approximations of the times it takes and money made based on various industry sources. This information isn't intended to be used as hard evidence of making a career choice and you need to do more research on your own to decide if becoming a professional pilot is for you.


Why should I do my commercial training at Air Ventures Flying School when I could goto Florida and get my commercial license in 90 days guaranteed?


The answer to this question is simple.


Experience. We've got it.


At Air Ventures Flying School you won't just go into some hardcore memorization program where you strap on your tinfoil helmet and just memorize every check ride on every flight until you're done. You will gain a profound understanding of the intricacies of aviation.


Air Ventures Flying School is owned and operated by Doug Auclair, a Master Flight Instructor with thousands of hours of flight instruction experience whom is dedicated to the craft of teaching pilots. At Air Ventures you will earn your commercial pilots license and flight instructor certificates under Dougs tutelage.


Dougs foundational based training technique is proven to produce high quality, consistent, well educated, safe pilots. By learning under this method you will become a highly competent commercial pilot and flight instructor and start out your journey into aviation having attained a higher level of understanding of all the aspects it takes to become a successful pilot. 


At Air Ventures you will have a unique learning experience that is dedicated to giving you the highest quality aviation education. You will be proud of the place you learned to fly, and dedicated to the craft of being a professional pilot.