Attaining the status of a commercial pilot is a milestone. As a commercial pilot, you will be able to fly for compensation or hire. This could include flying people, cargo, or in a variety of other capacities. Many commercial pilots pursue careers as flight instructors, charter pilots, and/or with the airlines. If this is your goal, Gleim can help!

To learn what is required, how you can get started, and what Gleim products can help you achieve your goals, click on the tabs above.
Deluxe Commercial Pilot Kit
Deluxe Commercial Pilot Kit
  • Books
  • Test Prep Online
  • Flight Bag
  • Online Ground School
Price:
$174.95
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GLEIM Online Ground School
GLEIM Online Ground School
Enhance your knowledge with the Gleim Online Ground School, a complete and thorough ground school designed to help you pass your FAA Knowledge test. We GUARANTEE you will pass! Also available in a Part 141-approved version.
Gleim Online Ground School - Canadian Conversion
Gleim Online Ground School - Canadian Conversion
Enhance your knowledge with the Gleim Online Ground School, a complete and thorough ground school designed to help you pass your FAA Knowledge test. We GUARANTEE you will pass!
Deluxe Instrument/Commercial Pilot Kit
Deluxe Instrument/Commercial
Pilot Kit
  • Books
  • Test Prep Online
  • Flight Bag
  • Online Ground School
Price:
$341.95
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REQUIREMENTS TO OBTAIN A COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATE
  1. Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English.
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Hold at least a current third-class FAA medical certificate. Later, if your flying requires a commercial pilot certificate, you must hold a second-class medical certificate.
  4. Hold an instrument rating. A commercial pilot is presumed to have an instrument rating. If not, his/her commercial pilot certificate will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night.
  5. Receive and log ground training from an authorized instructor or complete a home-study course (such as studying the Gleim Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Test, Gleim Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep, and Aviation Weather & Weather Services).
  6. Pass a knowledge test with a score of 70% or better. The instrument rating knowledge test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions selected from the airplane-related questions in the FAA's commercial pilot test bank.
  7. Accumulate appropriate flight experience and instruction (see FAR 61.129). A total of 250 hours of flight time is required.
  8. Successfully complete a practical (flight) test, which will be given as a final exam by an FAA inspector or designated pilot examiner; it will be conducted as specified in the FAA's Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards.
PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS
  1. As a commercial pilot, you may act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or property for compensation or hire and may be paid to act as pilot in command.
  2. A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with an airplane category and does not hold an instrument rating will be endorsed with a prohibition against carrying passengers for hire on day VFR flights beyond 50 NM or at night.


HOW TO BECOME A COMMERCIAL PILOT
  1. Obtain a Gleim Commercial Pilot Kit. Additionally, you will need VFR & IFR charts, an Airport/Facility Directory, and a copy of your airplane's Pilot Operating Handbook (POH).
  2. Take and pass your FAA pilot knowledge test with a score of 70% or better. Use the Gleim Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test book, Gleim FAA Test Prep Online, and Gleim Online Ground School.
  3. Pursue a flight instruction program with a CFI. Study the Gleim Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep. Understand each aspect of the commercial training before you practice it in an airplane.
  4. Take and pass your knowledge and practical tests!
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Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Test book
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 336
ISBN:
978-1-58194-386-3

$19.95
Description:

The primary purpose of the Gleim Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Test book is to provide you with the easiest, fastest, and least-expensive means of passing the FAA knowledge test. Gleim Knowledge Transfer Outlines at the beginning of each study unit concisely present the relevant material needed to answer questions selected from previously released FAA test banks as well as questions that have been developed from current FAA reference materials.

This book can be used in preparation for the following FAA airmen knowledge tests:

  • Commercial Pilot – Airplane (CAX)
  • Military Competency – Airplane (MCA)
  • Commercial Pilot – Canadian Conversion
Benefits:
  • Learn and understand difficult concepts easily using the Knowledge Transfer Outlines
  • Learn principles instead of memorizing answers by reviewing answer explanations after answering questions under exam conditions
  • Includes reprints of all images in the FAA Testing Supplement for accurate test representation
  • Prepare for the exam by taking practice FAA knowledge tests
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Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 512
ISBN:
978-1-58194-972-8

$22.95
Description:

The Gleim Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers and Practical Test Prep book is designed to simplify and facilitate your flight training. Through discussions and detailed illustrations, this book teaches you each flight maneuver or other subject area task (such as preflight preparation) prior to your flight lesson. Thus, you will be thoroughly prepared to spend more quality time in the airplane. This book will make your flight training easier to understand and is a must for study prior to your FAA practical test.

Benefits:
  • Full color illustrations throughout the text
  • Prepare for your oral exam by using the comprehensive, 900+ question Oral Exam Guide, included as an Appendix
  • Learn from others' mistakes by reviewing common errors and how to avoid them
  • Review completion requirements with an exact reprint of FAA Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards (PTS)
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Commercial Pilot Syllabus
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 176
ISBN:
978-1-58194-973-5

$19.95
Description:

The Gleim Commercial Pilot Syllabus is a step-by-step lesson plan for your commercial pilot training. This book presents a complete ground and flight training course of study designed to expedite the completion of your commercial certificate. A multi-engine add-on syllabus is also included as an additional certification option.

Each ground and flight lesson directs you to a specific study unit or page to read in the Gleim Commercial Pilot Knowledge Test and/or Commercial Pilot Flight Maneuvers books. This cross-referencing allows you to review all appropriate material beforehand and be thoroughly prepared for each lesson.

Benefits:
  • Covers both single- and multi-engine certification
  • Save time and money by studying the specific pages/chapters appropriate to your lesson before each flight
  • Ensure thorough understanding with stage and end-of-course knowledge tests
  • Format complies with 14 CFR Part 61 and Part 141, making it perfect for both independent CFIs and flight schools
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Pilot Handbook
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 576
ISBN:
978-1-58194-190-6

$24.95
Description:

Representing a complete ground school text, the Gleim Pilot Handbook consolidates and organizes all FAA material relevant to pilots in one easy-to-use text. This material includes information from Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge, Airplane Flying Handbook, Aviation Weather Services, and many other FAA publications.

The Gleim Pilot Handbook was carefully designed to make it easy for you to learn and understand while saving you time, effort, frustration, and money. The knowledge transfer outlines and full-color illustrations in this book simplify and facilitate your learning and understanding.

Benefits:
  • High-quality, full-color illustrations
  • All information is logically organized into easy-to-read study units
  • Great reference book for all pilots, from Sport to CFI
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FAR/AIM
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
Num. Pages: 832
ISBN:
978-1-58194-381-8

$15.95
Description:

The Gleim FAR/AIM simplifies and facilitates your understanding of the complex rules governing aviation. The bigger and darker font, well-placed indentations, two-column formatting, and careful spacing are designed to make it easier to read, learn, and understand. A comprehensive FAR index in front of the book and an AIM index at the back make it easier to find pertinent portions of the FARs and/or AIM than do government indexes.

Benefits:
  • Conveniently sized to fit in your flight bag--perfect for cross country flights
  • Reference tabs for both the FAR and the AIM make searching for topics easy
  • Sharp, full-color AIM images included

Click here to access a digital version of the Gleim FAR/AIM

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Gleim Online Ground School for Commercial
Irvin N. Gleim, Garrett W. Gleim
ISBN:
978-1-58194-997-1

$99.95
Description:

The Gleim Online Ground School uses our sophisticated Knowledge Transfer Systems to ensure that you master all the information you need to be a competent, safe pilot and to pass your FAA knowledge test with confidence. This course meets and exceeds the eligibility requirements for required ground training. Once you complete all course requirements, you will be provided with an endorsement that will allow you to take the knowledge test at the testing center of your choice.

Available for the following ratings:

  • Commercial Pilot – Airplane (CAX)
  • Military Competency – Airplane (MCA)
Benefits:
  • Gleim Guarantee: You will pass your knowledge test or get your money back!
  • Prepare efficiently and effectively by studying on your own schedule
  • Gain confidence by emulating tests as presented by both national testing centers

Make sure that your computer meets our minimum system requirements.

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FAA Test Prep Online-Commercial Pilot
ISBN:
978-1-58194-388-7

$64.95
Description:

Gleim FAA Test Prep Online contains all the detailed study outlines, FAA questions, and on-screen charts and figures you need to study for and pass the Commercial Pilot FAA Knowledge Test in one unique, easy-to-use program.

Gleim Test Prep Online is the industry leader in self-study for the FAA Knowledge Tests.

Benefits:

TESTING

  • Over 650 Multiple-Choice Questions
  • Unlimited Test Sessions that act like Practice Exams
  • Includes all previously released FAA questions
  • Thorough answer explanations for correct AND incorrect choices to cement understanding
  • Study Session option for immediate feedback
  • Formatting and functionality emulate the actual exam at the major testing vendors

SUPPORT

  • 12 months of unlimited access (use on as many computers/mobile devices as you want for your own personal use)
  • Accessible inquiry links for expert assistance
  • Performance Analysis tracks progress and maintains a performance history
  • Uses Cloud technology to sync performance data to any device
  • No installation! Available online 24/7
  • Free instant, automatic updates
  • Compatible on all operating systems and mobile devices or tablets with an Internet connection. View Minimum System Requirements here.

Use Gleim Test Prep Online to ensure that you are prepared to succeed on the FAA Knowledge Tests.

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Flight Bag

$44.95
Description:

Whether you are a student pilot or have been flying for years, you need a flight bag for carrying important documents and flight gear. Our flight bag is fully functional for in-flight organization and provides quick access to all necessary equipment.

Benefits:
  • Protects your headset with a padded exterior headset pocket
  • Has ample room for a variety of materials in the front, side, and rear pockets
  • Conveniently holds all charts, training materials, books, and approach plates
  • Organized sections for cell phone, pens, and view-limiting devices
  • Large inside dividers make organization easy
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Logbook
ISBN:
978-1-58194-574-4

$9.95
Description:

This full-featured logbook is great for every pilot certification and rating, student through ATP. Using the straightforward approach Gleim is known for, this logbook simplifies the record-keeping process. With added endorsement sections, the Gleim logbook will cover your training throughout years of flying.

Benefits:
  • Complete endorsement section covering all endorsements required for student through CFII
  • Separate table of contents with numbered pages for quick reference
  • High-quality paper and durable hard-cover binding
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Plotter
ISBN:
1-58194-267-2

$6.95
Description:

Use your plotter to determine the true course (TC), the total distance of your flight, and the distance between each checkpoint.

Benefits:
  • High quality, Lexan-type material ensures durability
  • Easy-to-use sectional, WAC, TAC scale with nautical and statute mile delineations

A step-by-step description of how to use the Gleim navigational plotter can be found at Navigational Plotter Instructions.

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Flight Computer
ISBN:
1-58194-268-0

$9.95
Description:

A standard E6B computer made of durable fiberboard. Includes speed, time, and distance computations, along with temperature and other conversions that all pilots need to know in cross-country flight planning. This computer also includes a crosswind component graph, a Flight Plan Sequence Checklist, and Special Equipment Suffixes for daily flying.

Benefits:
  • Standard E6B computer for easy usage
  • Made from popular, durable fiberboard for longevity

A step-by-step description of how to use the Gleim flight computer is found at Flight Computer Instructions.

Deluxe Commercial Pilot Kit Deluxe Commercial Pilot Kit
Standard Commercial Pilot Kit PLUS
  • Online Ground School
  • Online Communication Course
  • Instrument Pilot Refresher Course
 
$174.95
Deluxe Instrument/Commercial
Pilot Kit Deluxe Instrument/Commercial Pilot Kit
Includes:
  • Books
  • Test Prep Online
  • Flight Bag
  • Online Ground School
 
$341.95
Commercial Pilot Kit Commercial Pilot Kit
Includes:
  • Gleim Flight Bag
  • Test Prep Online
  • Knowledge Test, Syllabus, Flight Maneuvers
 
$124.95
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