Private Pilots Licence or PPL(H) Flying Experience
The first step in learning to become a helicopter pilot is to gain your PPL(H) rating. The PPL(H) licence requires a minimum of 45 flying hours experience in total. These hours consist of:
35 dual flying training hours (training with an instructor in the helicopter with you)
10 supervised solo flying training hours (training without an instructor in the helicopter with you)
Private Pilots License Ground Training and Examinations
Heli Air will guide you in your study towards the following CAA examinations, which can be taken at any of our 5 UK bases:
Aviation Law and Operational Procedures
Aircraft General Knowledge and Principles of Flight
Navigation & Radio Aids
Human Performance and Limitations
Flight Performance and Planning
Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence Examination
Please be aware that 45 flying hours is the minimum required, and the total will depend on your ability.
CAA Medical Examination
The PPL(H) applicant must have a valid Class 1 or Class 2 Medical Certificate. Please contact Heli Air for advice on how and where to obtain this certificate.
Experience gained from the age of 14 years can count towards your UK CAA / EASA PPL (H) application, however an applicant for the PPL(H) licence must be at least 17 years of age.
Heli Air’s services are available from various convenient locations, including near London from our own airfield, Wycombe Air Park. Get in touch to find out more.
You can also reach our head office on +44 (0) 1789 470476