Private Helicopter Pilot License


The first step to fulfill your dream of flying helicopters is to get your Private Pilot’s License (PPL). This is true regardless of if you want to fly as a hobby, for business or as a career. Obtaining your license will allow you to fly friends and family day or night around the United States while acting as Pilot in Command (PIC). Some of the restrictions of a Private Pilot’s License are that you may not fly in poor weather or charge for your service; you will need additional ratings to do those things. The license will, however, introduce you to the world of flying and give you the skills and knowledge to fly safe and have fun while doing it!

You will need a third class medical from an approved aviation examiner.

Already Hold a hold a Private Pilot Fixed Wing License? Learn About the Private Pilot License Add-On Here.

  • Flight Requirements:
    • 35 Hours (Minimum) Total Pilot Time in Helicopters Must Include
    • 30 hours of “dual” flight instruction
    • 5 hours of “solo” flight
    • 3 hours dual instruction at night
  • Part 141 General Requirements:
    • Minimum 17 Years Old to Take Flight Test (age 16 for Student Pilot & Solo)
    • Must Read, Write, Understand, and Speak English
    • Obtain a FAA Medical Certificate (Prior to first Solo Flight)
    • Complete 35 hours Minimum Flight Time Including 10 hrs of Solo Flight
    • Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test
    • Pass an FAA Written Knowledge Test
  • Solo Flight Requirements:
    • One (1) 75NM cross-country Solo flight with one (1) 25NM leg
    • At least 3 hours of Cross-Country Solo flight
    • 3 Solo Take-offs & Landings at an Airport with an Operating Control Tower

Next steps:

Block time

Students can set up a block time account with $4000.00 cash or check. Students will receive a 5% discount off the hourly rate of flight and ground instruction. Therefore, if the training cost $16,000 then the student will save over $800.00.

Block time cannot be purchased with a credit card.

If a student requests a refund of their money on account, the 5% discount will be put back on each paid invoice and paid for out of the remainder of block time funds. After one year from the last invoice, the student can only fly off block time funds – a refund will not be given. Student can give credit on account to other students.

Discovery flight

If you would like to try a demo lesson, Veracity offers a discovery flight in the R22 for $155.00. This includes 30 minutes of ground and 25 minutes of hands-on flight! You can log it if you have a logbook or you can purchase one for $9.95+tax.

If you are over 220 pounds (the seat weight limit for the R22), the R44 discovery flight is $275.00.

Gift certificates for the discovery flight can be purchased over the phone or through email and make great presents. If the recipient decides they’d like to fly longer, additional flight time can be combined with the original certificate.

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