FAA Practical Test
Part 61 Private Pilot to Commercial Pilot ASEL only.
q Valid private pilot certificate and third-class medical (or greater – a second-class medical is required to exercise commercial privileges once you pass your checkride).
q At least 18 years old
q Read, speak, write, and understand English
q 70% or better score on commercial pilot knowledge test.
q 250 hours of flight time, including at least
q 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in airplanes
q 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least –
q 50 hours in airplanes
q 50 hours in cross-country flight (10 hrs. or more in airplanes)
q 20 hours of training on the areas of operation in §61.127(b)(1) that includes at least –
q 10 hours of instrument training using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. (5 of the 10 hours must be in airplanes)
q 10 hours of training in a complex aircraft (retractable landing gear, flaps, and controllable pitch propeller or turbine powered)
q One 2-hour day XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.
q One 2-hour night XC flight in a single engine airplane, w/ total straight-line distance of more than 100nm from original point of departure.
q 3 hours of practical test prep flights within the preceding 2 calendar months with a CFI
q 10 hours of solo flight time in a single engine airplane OR 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of PIC in a single engine airplane w/ a CFI on board, including –
q One XC flight of not less than 300nm total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, one of which is a straightline distance of at least 250 nautical miles from the original departure point.
q 5 hours night VFR w/ 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (each with a flight in the traffic pattern), at an airport w/ an operating control tower
q Practical Test Endorsement – Certifies you're ready for the checkride.
q Recent Training Endorsement – Certifies you have the 3 hours of dual in the last 2 months. (See above)
q Knowledge Test Deficient Areas Endorsement – Certifies your instructor has gone back over, and trained you on knowledge test questions you missed.
Plus, you should already have these endorsements in your logbook:
q Complex Aircraft Endorsement (§61.31(e))
q Knowledge Test Endorsement or Review of Home Study Curriculum (§61.123)
Note: You needed this endorsement before taking the knowledge test.
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