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Commercial Pilot Program

Begin Your Journey to Life in the Skies

Now is the time to become a commercial pilot!

There’s never been a better time to become a commercial pilot. A severe shortage of pilots worldwide means huge bonuses and unprecedented demand for the industry.

As a commercial pilot you have the potential of earning an average salary of $111,000+ per year!

With more than 100 years of combined aviation experience, our staff understands the industry inside and out. That means we know the best training practices and the right people, in the right places, to help connect you for future job placement.

If you are interested in a commercial multi engine license, please see our multi-engine add-on page.

Commercial Single Engine License (CSEL)

Minimum Training Package | Prerequisites: PPL and IFR
$26,790
  • 24 Hours in the Simulator
  • 86 Hours in a Cessna 172
  • 10 Hours in a Piper Arrow
  • 27 Hours Ground School
  • 55 Hours with an Instructor
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Please note these rates do not include the cost of housing, books, exams or check rides, and are an estimate based on FAA minimum training requirements. Costs could be more depending on how often you fly and how quickly you absorb and retain the course curriculum.

*Based on training packages in a Cessna 172, Piper Arrow, and simulator for private pilot, instrument and commercial pilot programs. The student reserves the right to request alternative flight options available at an additional expense.

Sterling has access to affordable housing solutions. Please contact us for more information.

Finance Your Training

If you need financial assistance for all or some of your training, Sterling Flight recommends utilizing one of our financing partners. If you are a veteran, there are options available to utilize 

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Reduce Your Required Flight Hours for ATP Eligibility

Sterling Flight Training is proud to partner with Liberty University through the institution’s Flight Training Affiliate Program (FTA) and Purdue Global University. These university programs allow students to receive flight training at Sterling Flight Training, while working on their Bachelor degree through online with each respective university.

By completing this program, you are eligible to reduce the required 1500 hours to get an air transport license to as little as 1000 hours.

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Ready to Soar?

Ready to be a Professional Pilot? Want to experience our Redbird FMX Simulator, or join our ranks via your university’s aviation program? Let’s get you in the air.

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