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 services, you will need advanced 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 medical from an approved aviation examiner. Information can be found here.
Part 141 General Requirements:
5 hours of Required “Solo” Flight Must Include:
If you already hold a Private Pilot fixed wing license, the cheapest option to learn to fly helicopters is to “add on” a Private Pilot helicopter license. Doing your training this way, you only have to fly 30 hours instead of 35 hours minimum and do not have to take a written exam.
What this means to you:
If you already hold a private fixed wing certificate, this option will be the least costly way to get your helicopter rating. Contact us for a full assessment.