As a commercial pilot, you will generally operate an airplane or helicopter for a business or private entity, either on a commercial or private basis. Private pilots must maintain a certain minimum level of proficiency and maintain an airman’s license in order to operate a commercial aircraft. Commercial pilots must complete a flight check ride to make sure that he or she meets the FAA requirements for the type of aircraft, and the airplane or helicopter to be operated. A commercial pilot must also successfully complete his or her training program before applying to take a commercial flight tests. Once certified and licensed, a commercial pilot must have a minimum of two years of flight time experience. in the type of aircraft to be operated.