After your PPL (H) you will need to build up to 155 hours of flight time, with 50 hours as Pilot in Command and at least 10 hours cross country flying. A prerequisite of the Commercial Pilot’s Licence is a Class 1 Medical (which Heli Air can help you to arrange). Additionally you will need to pass 14 exams in the following subjects:
1) Air Law
2) Airframes, Systems and Power Plant
4) Mass and Balance
5) Flight Planning
7) Human Performance & Factors
9) General Navigation
10) Radio Navigation
11) Operational Procedures
12) Principles of Flight (Helicopters)
13) VFR Communications
14) IFR Communications
When you have successfully completed the prerequisites above then you can move on to the 35 hour flying course, including a 5 hour night rating. The CPL (H) flying is a much higher standard than the PPL(H) but you will cover mainly the same exercises including a few more.
The CPL(H) flying training course will consist of various flying exercises as well as progress checks along the way from experienced Commercial Instructors and examiners, so that there are no surprises at the end of the course. Once the CPL(H) course has been completed and progress checks successfully passed, you will have your test arranged with the CAA Commercial Examiner, normally at the airfield you have performed most of your training from. Upon successful completion of the CPL(H) flight test, you will be awarded your Commercial Pilot’s Licence and can be employed as a Commercial Helicopter Pilot!