The final capstone of the Pilot Program is the Commercial Pilot Certificate. Your experience behind the yokes could start paying for itself at this stage. The Commercial Pilot License would make it possible for students to fly for hire. In accordance with Part 61, a student must have a minimum of 250 hours of flight time with 10 hours of flight time in a complex aircraft. A commercial pilot license can serve as an aircraft's pilot-in-command for compensation or leasing, as well as carrying persons or properties for compensation or leasing purposes. To put it another way, having a commercial pilot license means you are legally permitted as a pilot to get paid.