Step 1: Earn Private Pilot Certificate
The first step in becoming a commercial pilot is to earn a Private Pilot certificate. Starting in a single-engine plane, this stage of training focuses on the fundamentals and sets the foundation for more advanced certificates and ratings.
Step 2: Add Instrument & Multi-Engine Ratings
After becoming a private pilot, the next step is to earn an instrument rating and a multi-engine rating. An instrument rating allows a pilot to fly under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in all kinds of weather, while a multi-engine rating adds the privilege to operate these larger and faster aircraft.