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Private Pilot Licence (H)

Helicopter Private Pilot Licence

Private Pilot Licence PPL(H)

What are the privileges of a Helicopter PPL?

A PPL for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot in non-commercial operations on helicopters. The exception to this is for holders of a (PPL (H) with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be paid for the following:
  • Flight Instruction
  • Conducting skill tests and proficiency checks

What do I need to start a Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter)?

You don’t require anything to start a PPL(H) as it is the first licence for anyone starting out. If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FNPT or FFS), including at least:

  • 25 hours of dual flight instruction.
  • 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome.
  • 35 of the 45 hours of flight instruction have to be completed on the same type of helicopter used for the skill test.

As well as completing the practical flight training, you will also need to complete a number of theoretical examinations, at present these are:

  1. Air Law (Air Law Student Manual – Buy Now)
  2. Operational Procedures
  3. Communications (Communications Student Manual – Buy Now)
  4. Navigation (Navigation Student Manual – Buy Now)
  5. Meteorology (Meteorology Student Manual – Buy Now)
  6. Flight Planning and Performance
  7. Principles of Flight
  8. Aircraft General Knowledge
  9. Human Performance (Human Performance Student Manual – Buy Now)

On top of these theoretical exams you will also need to complete a practical radio-telephony examination with an approved examiner.

Once all these are complete and you have carried out the required training you will complete a mock-test before completing the full Licence Skills Test which will last around 2 hours and be completed with your local CAA Examiner.


 


PPL (H) crediting if you hold a LAPL (H)

If you already hold a LAPL (H) (Light Aircraft Pilot Licence Helicopter), and are applying for a PPL (H) you must complete a course with a flight training school to include at least:
  • 5 hours of dual flight instruction,
  • At least 1 supervised solo cross-country flight, of at least 185km (100NM), plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome

PPL (H) crediting if you hold another licence:

If you already hold a pilot’s licence for another type of aircraft, except balloons, you will be credited with 10% of your total flight time as PIC up to a maximum of 6 hours. You will still need to complete 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome and 25 hours dual flight instruction as the credited flight time cannot be counted towards this requirement.

What is the cost of gaining a PPL(H)?

Many schools offer different pricing structures and discounted packages, with some offering to take a student from zero hours to a Commercial Pilot Licence (H) for around £60,000.
However, as a guide, helicopter type dependant, you can expect a PPL(H) to cost somewhere in the region of £12,000-£15,000. This cost also depends on how easy you find the course, as many people don’t complete in the minimum 45 hours, as this is a minimum not a target.

How do I get started?

To get started, either find your local flying school in our directory or click on the link below to purchase a trial flying lesson now (available nationwide and as gift vouchers…)

30 Minute Helicopter Trial Flight – £220 – Find out more information and buy now…

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