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Part 135 Minimum Requirements

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FAA FAR 135.243c Operating Requirements
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No certificate holders may not use a person, nor may any person serve, as pilot in command of an aircraft under IFR unless that person--

(1) Holds at least a commercial pilot certificate with appropriate category and class ratings and, if required, an appropriate type rating for that aircraft; and

(2) Has had at least 1,200 hours of flight time as a pilot, including 500 hours of cross-country flight time, 100 hours of night flight time, and 75 hours of actual or simulated instrument time at least 50 hours of which were in actual flight; and

(3) For an airplane, holds an instrument rating or an airline transport pilot certificate with an airplane category rating; or

(4) For a helicopter, holds a helicopter instrument rating, or an airline transport pilot certificate with a category and class rating for that aircraft, not limited to VFR.

Question from Reader:

Do I have to take a drug test to be a Commercial Pilot?

Answer:  A drug test is not required to become a commercial pilot.

Many air carriers would require a DOT drug test to become employed by them.  A typical urine test checks for:

Cannabinoids (marijuana, hashish - tests for metabolite THCCOOH)
Cocaine (cocaine, benzoylecognine, cocaethylene)- tests for cocaine metabolite)
Amphetamines (amphetamine, methamphetamine)
Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine, morphine, 6-MAM)
Phencyclidine (PCP)
Methadone (MTD)
Barbiturates (BAR)
Benzodiazepines (BZO)
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCA)
Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or ecstasy)

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