Helicopter private pilot license - PPL(H)

The private pilot license program is intended for people who may be learning to fly as a hobby, personal business or who are planning to purchase their own aircraft. With your Private Pilot Certificate you are allowed to take family, friends and co-workers on board your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command. The only restriction to acting as a Private Pilot is you are not allowed by the FAA to be compensated for your skills. You must carry a Commercial Certificate for compensation for hire.

Pilot testimonial

"I went to HelicopterAcademy.com because they were the only school that could guarantee me a job. I started at another school because I didn't know otherwise but it became apparent that in this school they groom you to a first job and if you don't have a first job your career simply ends. I had my private rating and walked into the office and talked to the manager. He explained quite bluntly the reality of the helicopter flying business. I finished my ratings with HelicopterAcademy.com, got a job flying the corporate boat photo contract as my guaranteed first job and then a job at the Grand Canyon and now Hawaii. It is all because of the hours I gained at this school on the boat photo contract after I received the private rating."

-Joshua Lang

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Helicopter training prerequisites:

The helicopter training will be adjusted to your individual needs and previous experience. A price example is given at the bottom of this page.

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language

Steps to get a Private Pilot Certificate:

  1. Take a physical from an FAA certified examiner receiving a 1st Class, 2nd Class or 3rd Class Medical Certificate. To receive your Private Pilot Certificate, you are required to have a 3rd Class Medical. This will also become your student pilot certificate.
  2. Pass a written test given by the FAA.
  3. Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and training specified by the FAA (see below).
  4. Pass an oral, and flight test given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

Minimum requirements for a private pilot certificate PPL(H) - Part 61/(141):

  1. 40 (35) hours minimum of flight time, which must include 20 (27) hours of flight instruction.
  2. 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter.
  3. 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the test (check ride).
  4. 10 (8) hours of solo flight time in a helicopter.
    • 3 hours cross-country time.
    • one cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight being a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations.
    • 3 hours cross-country time.
    • Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.
Robinson R-22 Private Pilot 14 CFR141
Item Per Hour Total
27 Hrs. Flight Instruction $300 $8,100.00
8 Hrs. Solo Flight Time $300 $2,400.00
35 Hrs Ground Instruction $35 $1225.00
Books & Materials n/a $225.00
Private Written Exam n/a $100.00
FAA Examiner's Fee n/a $500.00
Medical Exam n/a $100.00
TOTAL $12,625
Robinson R-22 Private Pilot Initial Part 61
Item Per Hour Total
30 Hrs. Flight Instruction $300 $9,000.00
10 Hrs. Solo Flight Time $300 $3,000.00
35 Hrs Ground Instruction $35 $1,225.00
Books & Materials n/a $225.00
Private Written Exam n/a $100,00
FAA Examiner's Fee n/a $500.00
Medical Exam n/a $100.00
TOTAL $14,125

Course price example based on standard prices fulfilling the MINIMUM requirements. The average student will need more training. Course price example based on standard prices.