Private Pilot License and Private Add-on

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.

FAA Rating Requirements

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


Flight Requirements:

  • 35 Hours (Minimum) Total Pilot Time in Helicopters Must Include
  • 20 hours of “dual” flight instruction and 5 hours of “solo” flight
  • 3 hours of dual cross-country flight training
  • 3 hours dual instruction at night


5 hours of Required “Solo” Flight Must Include:

  • 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

Private Pilot Add-on

If you already hold a Private Pilot fixed wing license, the fastest 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.

FAA Rating Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Already hold a Private (or higher) Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a Current 3rd. Class (or higher) FAA Medical Certificate
  • No FAA Written Exam
  • Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test

Flight Requirements:

  • Complete 30 hours Minimum Flight Time Including 10 hrs of Solo Flight

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.

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