Airplane Pilots who already hold Private, Commercial, ATP or CFI Ratings in fixed-wing aircraft can earn an “Add-On” Rating in a helicopter. Those pilots are NOT required to take the FAA Commercial Helicopter written exam and the minimum number of total required dual training hours is reduced. The flight training hour requirements are less, and since you are already a pilot, less ground school helicopter lessons are needed. The Commercial Pilot Certificate is a necessary second step (after the Private Certificate) for those who aspire to become professional helicopter pilots and/or flight instructors.
Most of our add-on pilots complete their helicopter training within the FAA minimums, although this varies from student to student. FAR Part 61.129(c) states the FAA requirements to complete this course. You must have a total of 150 hours and 100 hours as Pilot-in-Command in powered aircraft, of which must be 35 hrs in helicopter. Our course will consist of 20 hours in dual instruction in helicopter, including 3 hours flight training in prep for your checkride, additional 5 hours solely by references to instruments, 2 hours night VFR in helicopter (consisting of a total straight-line distance of 50NM) and 2 hours day VFR in helicopter (consisting of a total straight-line distance of 50NM). 10 hours will be solo in helicopter of which are 5 hours at night VFR condition with 10 Takeoff and Landings and one Cross-Country with landings at 3 different points.
Hold at least a Commercial Fixed-Wing Rating.
Be at least 17 years of age.
Able to read, speak & understand the English language.
Hold at least a 3rd Class Medical.
Weight does not exceed 240 lbs.
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35 hrs Dual Training in a Robinson R22
5 hrs Dual IFR Training in a Robinson R22
10 hrs Solo Training in a Robinson R22
10 hrs Ground Instruction
Pass an Oral and Practical Flight Test.
No written test required!
3 to 4 Weeks
$15,450 USD$14,950 pre-paid
Pay as you go, NO upfront payments. Call about Financing. Books & Training Material not included.