At UND, 94 lessons make up a training course outline (TCO) for our commercial, multi-engine, and instrument courses. Unlike at many schools, upon completion of instrument and commercial training, you don’t receive a certificate or rating. Instead, you’re issued a commercial pilot’s certificate with multi-engine and instrument ratings after completing the entire TCO.

The final checkride, lesson 94, incorporates aspects of commercial, instrument, and multi-engine flying in the Piper Seminole. Years of work and tens of thousands of dollars led up to this moment; I can now call myself a commercial pilot.

It couldn’t have happened without the awesome support from my flight instructor, Simeon. He put up with me for over 50 flight lessons, between commercial training this past summer and multi-engine training this fall.

13 years ago, at 6 years old, becoming a pilot was just a dream. My story goes to prove that with the right determination, you can make those dreams a reality. If you’ve ever considered becoming a pilot and have questions, feel free to shoot me an email though the “contact” tab above.

thennowSo what’s next? Next semester I’ll be taking my CFI course, followed by CFII next fall. Completing my commercial course is far from completing overall training, but it certainly is a big milestone.

The video below shows more of what’s to come. Thanks, Rod, for showing me what the King Air life is all about!

For the next month and a half before CFI training begins, I’ll get to relax and enjoy the hard work put into this milestone! For pilots, training never really stops. But it’s important to sit back and enjoy the journey along the way.

Thanks to all of you guys that have supported me over the years and gotten me here!

About The Author

If you want to become a pilot, I want to make your journey just a little easier. I'm a First Officer for Envoy Air, one of the largest regional airlines in the world, and have partnered with industry leaders like the U.S. Air Force to teach about various aviation careers. For a full bio, click the "About" tab above. Use the "Contact" tab to shoot me a message.

12 Responses

  1. David Tatum

    Congratulations Swayne. Thank you for sharing your journey so well and inspiring others the way you do. I look forward to reading about your CFI soon!

  2. Eric Martin

    Are you open for a charter to Bermuda over the holidays? 🙂 So proud of you for your passion, persistence, and, above all, your desire to inspire others to take flight. We love you!

  3. Lewis Martin

    Little did I imagine that the 2 1/2 year old who ran after those wind-up balsa planes would earn his commercial ticket in my lifetime. Well, you made it and I made it! Congratulations! You done good.

    G.P. and B.B.

  4. Jon Gandy

    Congrats again Swayne. Its bee a VERY long time since I have crossed that milestone and am just now about to embark on the course your heading in of CFI. How long before you think you will achieve that goal?

  5. Nick Tyson

    Hey Swayne,

    Congrats. We’re at similar points in our training. I actually take my Commercial Multi check ride next week.

    Question for you: I fly right seat in a King Air F90 and Citation V quite often (family friends). When I become multi-engine rated next week, will I be able to log this time in my logbook? This is something I have gotten a different answer from the many CFI’s I have asked. Some say yes, some say no. Already on many occasions in the past, I’ve completed the entire takeoff, in-flight and landing portion on my own. I haven’t logged any of it in the past, as I’m not type-rated. But at least when I have my Multi I’ll qualify to log it. What’s your take? These are single pilot aircraft so we can’t really log it as SIC is what I’ve been told.

    • Swayne Martin

      Since they’re single pilot airplanes, you really can’t log time unless it’s flight training time from a MEI in the airplane. Many people make the mistake of logging SIC time in single pilot airplanes, only to discover that it’s not accepted by hiring groups. If you’re flying for an operation that allows SICs per their op-specs, that can make a difference. As for the Citation, I think you’ll need a Type Rating no matter what to log time, except if the other pilot is giving you instruction.


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