This certificate is the first building block in aviation. It enables you to carry
passengers during the day or night in an aircraft in which you are rated in
visual flying conditions. The federal minimum time to attain this is 35 to 40
hours of flight time. The national average is 65 hours.
This enables a pilot to fly in weather in which there is no outside visibility.
This rating is necessary for a career in aviation. Many private pilots do not
obtain this rating and are restricted to flying in visual flying conditions.
Others choose to obtain it and utilize it in their private flying. A total
accrued time of 125 hours flight time is necessary, and instrument training in
an aircraft, a ground training device or a simulator is required to obtain this
This certificate, obtainable after one has a private pilot certificate, is very
similar to a commercial driver's license. It is needed if you wish to work for
hire. Depending on the type of program you take, 200 or 250 hours is the
minimum required to earn this certificate. It is a basic requirement to
progress in the field beyond personal pleasure flying.
The above, airplane single engine land (private pilot), commercial pilot certificate, with an
instrument rating, is the level obtained when one graduates from Mercer
County Community College's aviation flight technology program. The
approximate total cost of the flight training is $40,000.
Flight Instructor Certificate*
Many students earn this certificate to enable them to train other pilots. A commercial pilot certificate and an instrument rating are necessary to take this training.
Multi Engine Rating
This is usually obtained after one has a commercial pilot certificate and an
instrument rating. It is required in most commercial work. A multi rating can
also be added to a private certificate.
Airline Transport Pilot*
This advanced certificate requires 1500 hours of flight, and is the requirement for many passenger-carrying operations. Mercer graduates are able to begin acquiring this with 1250 hours due to recent FAA changes.