Commercial Pilot License

Commercial Pilot License 2020-11-20T01:27:52+00:00


“The way I see it, you can either work for a living or you can fly airplanes. Me, I’d rather fly.” ~ Captain A.G. Leonard “Len” Morgan, American aviator and author (1923-2005)

The Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is the first step toward becoming a professional pilot.

With your Commercial Pilot License, you will be allowed to fly day or night, carry passengers or property, and get paid for certain types of operations, including piloting corporate jets, local scenic flights, banner towing, agricultural applications, aerial photography and more. Your commercial license will not, however, allow you to become an airline pilot. For that, you will need an Airline Transport Certificate (ATP).


Your training at Sierra Charlie Aviation will deepen and expand the level of knowledge you obtained while training for your Private Pilot License and Instrument Rating. Our students learn new maneuvers, refine familiar ones, and prepare for prosperous aviation careers with a strong emphasis on safety and professionalism.

Training at Scottsdale Airport (SDL), a tower-controlled airport, is a major advantage if your eventual goal is to fly for business, fly on long cross-country flights, or become a corporate pilot. Why?

  • You will be more comfortable flying into busy controlled airspace.
  • You will learn excellent radio communication skills.
  • You will understand airport procedures inside and out.

Flight training takes place in our fleet of new Cessna 172 Skyhawks that are G1000 equipped and coupled with GFC700 autopilot. All Sierra Charlie Aviation training aircraft meet the FAA requirements for Technically Advanced Aircraft (TAA).

Students can accelerate their training time by utilizing our Redbird FMX Flight Simulator, an FAA approved Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD), for up to 50 hours of the 250 flight hours required for the Commercial Pilot License. Our accelerated course lasts from 2 to 3 weeks and enables students to train more often while saving money in the process.

The state-of-the-art, full motion, feature-rich Redbird FMX includes a fully enclosed cockpit, amazing wrap-around visuals, scenario-based training, and an electric motion platform. The simulator offers on-the-ground training that would not be possible in the sky, and provides an amazingly life-like flying experience that helps students become better and safer pilots overall.

Last, but definitely not least, instead of learning from instructors who recently graduated, you will be taught by our team of passionate and highly experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) led by former military and airline pilots who average over 4,000 hours of flight experience each and decades of experience.

Whether you aspire to fly corporate jets or have another career option in mind, Sierra Charlie Aviation’s Commercial Pilot License training program will prepare you for real-world commercial flying. From here, the opportunities are endless!!