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The Private Pilots Licence (Helicopter)

The PPL(H) is a recreational licence which allows you to fly as the commander of a single engine, single pilot helicopter. You can take passengers with you, but you cannot fly for “hire or reward”. The training course is designed around the student being taught how to handle the aircraft, develop navigation skills, deal with emergency situations and above all to become a safe, competent and professional pilot.

The requirements for gaining a JAR FCL PPL(H) are:

A minimum of 45 hours flying training

Of the 45 hours at least 25 must be dual instruction. A further 10 hours must be flown solo, including 5 hours cross-country flight. The course is structured and follows an approved syllabus including both ground briefings and flight exercises.

Be a minimum of 17 years old

Instruction received before the age of 14 does not count for licence issue purposes. Also, you cannot fly solo before your 16th birthday, and you cannot apply for your PPL licence until you are 17.

Obtain a Class 2 medical certificate

You will need to pass a medical which must be done by a CAA approved doctor. We can supply a list of approved doctors in your local area. You must have a valid medical certificate before you can go solo.

Pass 7 written exams

Aviation Law, Human Performance and Limitations, Navigation, Meteorology, Aircraft (General and Type), Aircraft Performance, Radio Communication

Pass a Radio practical exam

In order to operate the radio equipment fitted in the helicopter, you must hold a licence. Throughout your course you will receive progressive R/T training, culminating in a practical test of your skills.

Pass a flight test (LST)

A flight test with an examiner during which you will demonstrate your skills.