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How Much Does it Cost to Become a Commercial Pilot?

Pilot training costs $63,995 when starting with a private pilot certificate or $80,995 from zero experience. Both prices include the flight training and certification necessary to become a commercial pilot with flight instructor certificates. There are also many financing options and flight training loans available to help student pilots pay the cost of becoming a commercial pilot.

Pilot Training Cost How Much Money is Flight School?

Below is an outline of how much flight training costs through ATP's Airline Career Pilot Program. ATP quotes prices based on realistic flight time requirements, providing up-front, fixed-cost pricing for becoming a pilot.

Start from
Private Pilot Certificate
Start from
Zero Experience
Aviation Tuition to Become a Commercial Pilot
Flight Training Cost $63,995 $80,995
Additional Expenses (Not Included in Program)
FAA Examiners' Fees (Paid Directly to Examiner) $6,400 $7,200
ForeFlight Subscription $80 (discounted) $80 (discounted)
Housing (Optional) $5,200 $8,000
iPad, Headset, Flight Bag & Other Pilot Gear $1,600 (varies) $1,600 (varies)

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Financing for Flight Training

Both Sallie Mae and Wells Fargo offer their lowest-rate undergraduate student loan products to ATP Flight School students, thanks to the strong track record of ATP-trained professional pilots. ATP is the only flight school that can get you access to these competitive loan products, which in most cases finance the entire cost of flight training for qualified borrowers.

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