Commercial Add-On

(based on a Private Fixed-Wing Rating)

Airplane Pilots who already hold a Private Pilot Rating in fixed-wing aircraft (SEL, MEL, etc.) can earn a Commercial “Add-On” Rating in a helicopter WITHOUT having a rotorcraft category rating. 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 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. If you have never flown a Robinson Series helicopter (except R66 Turbine) before, your Heli Aviation instructor will give you the required Awareness Training as required by SFAR 73 to Part 61(2)(a)(1-3), prior to your first flight. The next step is complying with FAR 61.123, which you do anyways, after graduating your FAA fixed wing course. FAR 61.63 and AC 61.65E CHG 1, Appendix 1, Page 16, Example 66 describes the requirements of how to add a rotorcraft category to your license. The first 20 hours is considered a required training prior to being able to act as, and log Pilot-in-Command (PIC) flight time, as required by SFAR 73 (2)(b)(3). This is also required for solo flying as well. After the first 20 hours of dual training, we will issue an endorsement based on FAR 61.31(d)(2), which allows you to start logging PIC time, towards the 35 hour PIC time requirements as stated in FAR 61.129(c)(2)(i). The next 20 hours will consist mostly of Emergency Procedures Training to meet Commercial PTS Standards, and training on the areas of operation listed in FAR 61.127(b)(3).  The next 5 hours are going to be on the control and maneuvering the helicopter solely by reference to instruments as required by FAR 61.129(c)(3)(i). The final 10 hours will be used towards the 10 hours solo requirements as listed in FAR 61.129(c)(4). 100 hours of your fixed wing time count towards the 150 hours total flight time requirements. FAR 61.129(c)(1) allows you to use up to 100 hours in “powered aircraft” (e.g. fixed wing, etc.) to be used towards the 150 hours total flight time requirements. However, at least 50 hours must be in helicopter. The 55 hours of rotorcraft time you acquire during your training with Heli Aviation, count towards these aforementioned total time requirements as well. If you do not have at least 100 hours in powered aircraft at the time of your training start with Heli Aviation, we can offer “time building” packages at low rates to fulfill those requirements.

This approach may reduce your flight time in helicopters, ultimately resulting in lower training cost.

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  • COURSE PREREQUISITES
    Hold at least a Private Fixed-Wing Rating.
    Logged at least 100 hrs in powered aircraft, of which are 65 hrs as PIC.
    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.
    Start your training anytime.

  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    40 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

  • COURSE COMPLETION
    Pass an FAA Written Knowledge Test.
    Pass an Oral and Practical Flight Test.

  • ESTIMATED DURATION
    3 to 4 Weeks

  • ESTIMATED COSTS
    $16,975 USD $15,875 pre-paid
    Pay as you go, NO upfront payments. Call about Financing. Books & Training Material not included.