Getting Commercial Pilot License

Privileges and Limitations
Commercial helicopter pilot license allows you to fly a helicopter and carry passengers and baggage for compensation or hire.
Eligibility Requirements
Be at least 18 years of age
Hold a private pilot helicopter certificate
Hold an FAA medical certificate
Pass an FAA written examination
Pass an FAA oral and flight test
Obtain 150 hours of flight time of 100 hours are to be logged as pilot-in-command
Aeronautical Experience
Must log at least 150 hours flight time as a pilot that consist of at least:
50 hours must be in helicopters
100 hours of pilot-in-command, which includes at least
 ・35 hours in helicopters; and
 ・10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters
20 hours of training, which includes at least
 ・10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft;
 ・One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in an helicopter in day VFR conditions
 ・One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in an helicopter in night VFR conditions

10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter
 ・One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points
 ・5 hours in night VFR condition with 10 takeoffs and landings

Commercial Pilot Add-on Helicopter
20 hours of flight training in a helicopter
10 hours of solo in a helicopter
Estimate of Commercial
The following course are based on FAA minimum times. Individual completion times may vary depending on training requirements, scheduling, and ability.
      R22 Helicopter  
90 hours of P.I.C. and dual instruction $350/hr $31,500.00  
15 hours ground instruction $85/hr $1,275.00  
Pilot starter kits (Test prep)   $16.18  
FAA flight test   $750.00  
FAA written test   $170.00