Move Up with Various Levels of Commercial Certification

You can transition from recreational pilot to the various levels of commercial careers with the help of the instructors and staff at Kilo Charlie Aviation. We can help you select the certifications you need to fly cargo planes, charters, all the way to airline transport. At Kilo Charlie Aviation you can transform a passion into a career. It is an exciting time to be a pilot. Job opportunities are opening up every day. Kilo Charlie offers a robust curriculum in commercial flight. Once certified, you will have a selection of well-paying flight careers open up to you and the ability to take that career just about anywhere in the world.

A Commercial Pilot Certificate

is not just for the airlines. It is the first step
in being able to start to get paid to fly.

  • Freight pilot
  • Certified flight instructor
  • Agricultural pilot
  • Emergency medical services pilot
  • Charter pilot
  • Airline Pilot

To Begin Training

Basic Requirements

Must be able to fly to the Private Pilot standards and
recommended to be instrument rated

  • Must be 17 years old
  • Pass FAA medical exam – Minimum 3rd Class
  • Able to speak and understand English
  • Instrument rating

(although this is technically not a requirement, lack of an Instrument Rating will seriously impact your ability to fly as a commercial pilot).

The Path To Completion

Course Outline

Time build & Check ride prep

140 Hours total

Complete FAA requirements

5 Hours High Performance (Cirrus SR20)

15 hours TAA or Complex time (Arrow)


Program Costs

Total All In Cost

140 flight hours

45 hours with an instructor

King Ground School Included

Insurance Included

ForeFlight Included

Checkride Prep

“A commercial certification from Kilo Charlie is a much-in-demand ranking and a huge step in your flight career. You have the confidence and knowledge to apply for just about any aviation position. The employment opportunities are endless. Your biggest dilemma will be deciding where you want to go. I received my commercial certification and never looked back.”—Chris Distin, Chief Pilot, Kilo Charlie Aviation.


With 25+ years of experience creating programs designed to make you the safest pilot.

RealSim SR20 Flight Simulator

Our RealSim Flight Simulator re-creates and takes you to the cockpit of a Cirrus SR20. It introduces you to the basics of instrument flying and what it’s like to fly in a full glass panel plane.

Custom Approach

Our passion is in seeing you succeed and get to your goals with Aviation. Professionally or Recreationally.

Chris Distin
Chris Distin
As Kilo Charlie’s Student Advisor, Chris and his team of training advisors are your guide to beginning your journey into the world of aviation. Regardless of your background, they will assist you in charting a course to achieving your aviation dreams.

Talk to a Training Advisor

Our goal at Kilo Charlie is not only to be the best flight school in the Midwest, but the preferred flight school of pilots all over the U.S., and all over the world. Visit us today. We’ll show you why we are the fastest-growing flight school in the area