This is where the basic foundations for a Commercial Helicopter Licence begins. Learn how to operate the helicopter in real commercial helicopter situations and with commercial helicopter pilots as instructors. To be eligible for a Commercial Helicopter Licence you need to meet the following criteria:
Be at least 18 years of age
Hold at least a class 1 CAA medical certificate
Pass 6 written exams which are listed in detail below
Meet the flight experience requirements which are also listed below
Meet the Civil Aviation Authority Fit & Proper Person requirements
You also need to sit and pass 6 exams as part of the Commercial Helicopter Licence, which are relatively straight forward and will teach you all the things you need to know about safely operating a helicopter commercially. These exams are as follows:
CPL Human Factors
Gain an awareness of how your body reacts to the challenging flying environment
CPL Aircraft Technical Knowledge (Helicopter)
Learn how the helicopter systems work along with engine and airframe limits and performance
Learn the rules that govern in a commercial air transport environment
Manage the aircraft and learn how to navigate the skies to the CPL requirements
Commercial Helicopter Flight Training
Learn everything you need to become a successful commercial helicopter pilot.
About the weather and how it affects Commercial operations
CPL Principles of Helicopter Flight
Understanding the theory of helicopter is essential to enable you to make maximum and efficient use of the helicopter.
CPL Flight Time
The minimum experience required for the issue of a Commercial Helicopter Pilots Licence – CPL(H) is 150 hours of flight time. This time is made up of the following minimum requirements, which are in additional to obtaining the PPL H Licence:
30 hours of solo flight time
20 hours of cross country navigation
5 hours of basic mountain flight
10 hours of under slung load training
Once you have completed these requirements, flying competently and have passed all your exam credits you will be able to sit your CPL flight test with a flight examiner.
Both night restricted and unrestricted training can be completed as part of the 150 hour requirement. This can easily be incorporated in the training without the need for additional training hours – we strongly encourage you to do this as it will make you more employable and improve your practical flying skills.