Private Pilots License Course Detail

Private Pilots License 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 follwowing CAA examinations, which can be taken at any of our 9 UK bases:

  • Aviation Law and Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft General Knowledge and Principles of Flight
  • Navigation & Radio Aids
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Communications
  • 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.

Minimum Age

Experience gained from the age of 14 years can count towards your JAR FCL PPL (H) application, however an applicant for the PPL(H) must be at least 17 years of age.

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