Whether you are looking to further your career in helicopters or merely trying to find a more time efficient way to commute to work, obtaining your Private Pilot Rotorcraft rating is your first step into the realm of helicopters.
To fly for Personal Business and Pleasure, not engaged in work for Compensation or Hire.
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
- Obtain a 3rd Class Medical which is also the Student Pilot Certificate
- Pass the Airman's Knowledge Test
- Pass the Oral and Practical Test
Minimum Flight Experience
- 40 hours total flight time
- 20 hours dual flight training including
- 3 hours cross country (X-C) training in helicopters
- 3 hours of night flight training in helicopters including
- one night X-C > 50 nautical miles
- 10 take-offs and landings at an airport in the traffic pattern
- 3 hours training in helicopters in preparation for the practical test
- 10 hours of solo flight training in helicopters including
- 3 hours X-C
- 3 take-offs and landings in a traffic pattern at a an airport with an operating control tower
The hours quoted for the Private Pilot License are FAA minimums. The national average for a new pilot to achieve this certificate is 50 to 60 hours of flight time. Be cautious with schools that quote the minimums for the Private license. Time for this license depends on age, time dedicated, skill achievement and other factors. The goal is always to become a safe, confident, skilled, and competent pilot.