PPL-H course

Private Pilote Licence for Helicopter

The course for those who wish to fly their own helicopter or rent one. The Private Pilot Licence for Helicopters, or PPL(H), entitles you to fly a helicopter for your own personal use.

There is no maximum age for gaining your PPL(H). However, you must be 16 years or over to fly solo, and 14 years or over before your flying experience can count towards obtaining a licence. You can hold your PPL(H) licence on your 17th birthday.

In order to qualify for the issue of a PPL-H
a candidate must complete the following:

To be at least 16 years or over

The requirements for solo flight are that you are 16 years or over and that you obtain a EASA-FCL Class 1 or 2 medical certificate from an Authorised Medical Examiner.

45 hours flight instruction

A minimum of 45 hours flight instruction, at least 10 of which must be pilot in command (i.e. Solo). This training must be in accordance with the Civil Aviation Authority (EASA) recognized syllabus. (The 45 hours flight training may be reduced to 40 hours if you hold a valid PPL(A).)

Radiotelephony (RT) licence

Obtain a Radiotelephony (RT) licence - oral exam. This exam is offered at the airfield.

Cross-country and general flight test

Pass a qualifying cross-country and general flight test (GFT). The cross-country flight has to be 100nms and include landing away at 2 aerodromes en-route.

Medical Certificate

You must hold a EASA-FCL Class 2 medical certificate

Pass 9 ground exams

The pass mark for each exam is 75%.

  • Air Law
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Communications
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
Skills test
A skills test must be taken with a flight examiner within 6 months of completing the flight instruction.

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