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Becoming A Helicopter Pilot

Private Pilot

The Private Pilot Rotorcraft License (PPL) allows you to act as pilot in command of a helicopter, but not for compensation or hire.

Requirements

  • 17 years of age
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English
  • Hold a 3rd Class Medical
  • 40 hours minimum helicopter flight time (including 20 hours flight training and 20 hours solo flight)
  • Pass a written multiple choice knowledge exam, and pass a practical test with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner – written exam and flight test.
The minimum hours required for the Private Pilot license is 40, however it is best to budget between 55-65 hours.

Private Pilot Add-On

If you are already a fixed wing Private Pilot, you can add a Rotorcraft endorsement to your existing pilot’s license. The benefits of doing an Add-On license are that you are not required to take another FAA Knowledge Test, and the minimum hours required are reduced to 30 hours (20 hours dual instruction and 10 hours solo).

  • 17 years of age
  • Hold a current FAA fixed wing Private Pilots license
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English
  • 30 hours minimum helicopter flight time (including 20 hours flight training and 10 hours solo)
  • Pass a practical test with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner – oral exam and flight test

For more information about our flight training program and In-house Certified Flight Instructor contact

 Sales@SafariHelicopter.com or 850-482-4141