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FLT Academy Program Overview

Commercial Pilot CERTIFICATE

Estimated Completion Time:

Ground School: 3.5 Weeks
Flight Training: 1-2 Months

Estimated Cost:

Variable based on prior experience

Class Commitment:

Ground School: Mon-Thurs 1pm-4pm for 3.5 weeks
Flight Training: 3-5 sessions per week minimum

Commercial pilot training is for those looking to expand their skill set and who are interested in making aviation their career.

Flying is fun; why not get paid for it?  FLT Academy’s Commercial Pilot Certification Program takes students through all required training, allowing them to become certified to enter the professional aviation industry!

Program Requirements

Prior to enrollment in the commercial pilot program, applicants must have already obtained their private pilot certificate as well as their instrument rating.  Student applicants will also need to obtain and provide:

Minimum Completion Requirements

Must have previously obtained a private pilot certificate and instrument rating to enroll.



FLT Academy’s Commercial Pilot Program is comprised of two parts:

  1. Ground School: FLT Academy’s commercial pilot ground school prepares students not only for their written knowledge test but also for the oral questioning phase of their practical test (check-ride).  Our program introduces concepts of commercial aviation to truly impress knowledge onto our students as opposed to rote memorization.
  2. Flight training: To accrue the flight experience required to certification as a commercial pilot, students will undergo a combination of solo flights and flight lessons with an instructor.

Based on a student’s prior experience, flight time, or other factors, the timeline and cost of the commercial pilot program can vary.  If you’re interested in a custom training estimate based on your specific circumstances, please reach out to a program advisor!

Course Requirements

Prior to enrollment in the commercial pilot program, applicants must have already obtained their private pilot certificate as well as their instrument rating.

Timelines and costs of the commercial pilot program can vary based on an applicant’s prior flight training, flight time, and overall experience. If you would like a custom training estimate based on your prior experience, please contact our program advisor!


Our program offers a variety of benefits to students, including:

Part 141-approved training

Benefit from our FAA-approved program, offering a structured curriculum and reduced flight hours for commercial pilot certification.  Part 141 commercial students are eligible for their certificate with up to 60 fewer hours than other non-141-approved flight school programs.

Modern aircraft fleet

Train on advanced Diamond DA40, Diamond DA20 and SportCruiser aircraft, gaining experience in safe and efficient aircraft.

Proven track record of success

Join Utah’s largest and highest-rated flight school with a reputation for producing successful professional pilots, ensuring the highest quality instruction and student outcomes.

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Part 141 Approved Training

First and foremost, FLT Academy boasts a Part 141-approved curriculum with reduced hours for commercial pilot eligibility. Under Part 141, pilots are commercial-eligible at 190 total hours instead of the 250 required under part 61. This accreditation ensures that the program meets the highest standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). By adhering to these regulations, FLT Academy provides a structured and comprehensive training program that covers all the essential knowledge and skills required to become a professional pilot.

Modern Aircraft Fleet

One of the key factors that sets FLT Academy apart is our advanced and modern aircraft. Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment allows students to train on industry-standard aircraft, giving them a competitive edge in the aviation industry. By gaining experience on cutting-edge aircraft, graduates of FLT Academy are well-prepared for the demands of the modern aviation landscape.

Reputation and Size

FLT Academy takes pride in having the largest fleet of airplanes among all flight schools in Utah. This extensive fleet provides students with ample opportunities to gain flight experience and hone their skills. 

In-Person Ground School

Another distinguishing feature of FLT Academy’s program. Unlike some other programs that rely solely on online learning, FLT Academy recognizes the importance of face-to-face instruction. This approach allows for a more immersive and interactive learning experience, enabling students to ask questions, engage with instructors, and collaborate with fellow pilots.

More Time to Learn

One notable aspect of FLT Academy’s Commercial Pilot Program is its focus on preparing students for the role of ‘pilot in command’. This emphasis on leadership and decision-making skills is crucial for aspiring commercial airline pilots. FLT Academy’s training approach nurtures the development of these qualities, ensuring that graduates are not only skilled aviators but also capable leaders in the flight deck.


Rhett Butler
Rhett Butler
I really love the structure and support that FLT Academy offers. Great program and great staff.
Don Wood
Don Wood
I took it as a refresher with my student pilot son . I've been flying about 54 years and it was well worth it.
Charlotte Fowers
Charlotte Fowers
Great people
Devin Maxfield
Devin Maxfield
You won’t find a better place to get your training! Everyone at FLT has been extremely professional and have been as motivated as I am to complete every stage. I was one of the people that has been interested in aviation my whole life and just never took the plunge to do it. Take my word that making that leap with FLT Academy was the best decision I’ve made! My only regret was not doing it 10 years ago. But thanks to FLT I will have a long and enjoyable career doing what I love! I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Weston Christiansen
Weston Christiansen
My personal experience with FLT Academy so far has been beyond amazing. I just want to point out how careful and thorough these guys are. I had my FLT orientation class today and it is amazing to see how much care and planning went into just this, and to have the opportunity to meet with Jason (CEO) and meet his incredible staff. I have heard rumors that FLT is the best of the best and from what I have seen so far, I believe that to be true.
Fine Vanisi
Fine Vanisi
I’ve been working with Joseph. He’s been very helpful and is always available to answer my questions and provide guidance.
Caden Kister
Caden Kister
I won't be a student for 3 or so years. So I went in to see what they had to offer and for some general advice on a career path. They were extremely helpful and experienced. I will be going here in the future.
Gary Anderson
Gary Anderson
So far it’s been pretty good! They are organized and so kind here! They really want to help you succeed and will give you the help you need!


Sure, here are answers to the frequently asked questions about FLT Academy's Commercial Pilot program:

FLT Academy’s Commercial Pilot Program is estimated to take 3 months to complete, including ground school, solo flight time building, and dual flight instruction.

No, in order to be a commercial pilot, you must have previously obtained at least your commercial pilot certificate.  FLT Academy requires all commercial pilot students to have previously obtained their instrument rating as well.

The hours required to obtain a commercial pilot certificate depend on a student’s prior flight training, experience, and total flight time.  The best way to answer this question is to reach out to our program advisor for a custom training estimate based on your specific circumstances.

Absolutely!  FLT Academy has partnered with several student lending options to provide students the ability to finance their training.  More information can be found here.

In itself, no.  FLT Academy’s commercial pilot program fulfills single-engine commercial training.  However, upon completion of the commercial pilot program, students can join our commercial multi-engine add-on program.

FLT Academy will do everything in its power to assist with job opportunities for our students upon completion of our training programs.

Yes, non-US citizens are able to join our flight training programs, however it’s important that these students be able to complete their TSA Flight Training Security Program and obtain approval to train from the Department of Homeland Security, in addition to obtaining all other enrollment requirements and pre-requisites.


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