Private Pilot’s License
During the practical part of the course you will be taught all the intricacies of flying a helicopter. Lessons will consist of a briefing in advance, flying practice and a de-briefing, during which the exercises will be evaluated. A large range of exercises will be done in the course, including lifting off and landing, as well as practicing emergency procedures.
To be able to take the practical exam, you will need to fulfill a number of legal requirements. First of all, the level of skill needs to be high enough. Secondly there is a minimum number of flight hours required; 45 hours, of which you will need to fly solo for 10 hours and spend 25 hours on dual flight training with your instructor. Of those 25, at least 5 need to be spent on IFR (Instrument Flight Rules). Of the 10 hours solo, 5 hours need to be spent navigating. The actual number of hours spent flying during the course will, of course, vary per student. What is most important is, after all, the acquired level of skill.
Time, Age and Costs
The practical part of the course has to be finished within 24 months of passing for the first theory course.
There is, in essence, no minimal age required for starting the PPL course. However, to be allowed to fly solo one must be 16 years of age or older. The practical exam can only be taken at the age of 17 or older.
The costs of the practical part of the PPL course depend on the number of flying hours the student requires. HeliAir uses the Robinson R22 and Robinson R44 for first-time flyers and students. These are single-engine helicopters that have enough space for 2 and 4 people respectively.
Minimum flight hours
Fly solo navigated
Why does HeliAir use Robinson helicopters?
HeliAir chose to use Robinson helicopters for training purposes because of their reliability, cost efficiency and low operational cost. The R22 has proven to be less faulty due to mechanical failure than other lightweight helicopters. Robinson strives for quality in design, material and craftsmanship. This makes the Robinson helicopters the best option for training as well as other purposes where reliability and easy maintenance are required.
Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)
The courses for the Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) are modular courses. This means that you will need to get your PPL before you can start the CPL course. The CPL course consists of 9 subjects, which all need to be finished with a passing grade within 18 months.
The theoretical part of the CPL course has been transferred to the Orbit Groundschool in Arnhem. The theoretical subjects can be done in either a day- or an evening course there. The day course will take about 17 weeks and the evening course around 1.5 years. For more information, see Orbit Groundschool.
The exercises of the CPL course are in many ways similar to the PPL course. However, the requirements for experience and accuracy are higher. The legally required number of flight hours for the CPL exam is 185. The CPL allows you to fly commercially for an airline company.
If you have any questions regarding the course or how to start a career as a helicopter pilot, we are happy to give you the answers. Contact us through the contact form on this site or call to make an informal appointment with one of our staff members.
- Trial lesson
- 30-minute practical explanation
- 30 minutes itself send
- Trial lesson +2 passengers
- 30-minute practical explanation
- 30 minutes itself send
Be warned: once you have piloted a helicopter you will be addicted. A trial lesson consists of a 30 minute explanation of the helicopter control system and a briefing on what to expect up in the air. After that, you will fly either a Robinson R22 or Robinson R44, by yourself and guided by one of our experienced instructors.
The first course (PPL) is usually given in the Robinson R22 which accommodates 2 people. After you have received your license, you can fly that specific aircraft. To fly any other type of helicopter, additional courses with their respective exams are required. We call these courses ‘type rating’. HeliAir offers type ratings for all its helicopter types.
Almost all our courses are primarily done in the Robinson R22. This is the most sold helicopter type in the world. However, if you have done your PPL and/or CPL courses in a different type, HeliAir offers the type rating course for the R22 as well. This course consists of a theoretical part, a practical part and an exam.
After you have completed your pilot training in the R22, you’ll probably want to bring friends and family along for the occasional trip. The four-person Robinson R44 is the logical next step in your piloting experience. HeliAir owns several of these helicopters that can be rented. HeliAir offers both R44 type rating courses or the PPL course in an R44.
The Eurocopter Colibri (also known as the Colibri EC120B) is a lightweight single-engine helicopter built by Eurocopter. The Colibri, named after the hummingbird, carries four people and a pilot.
The Bell 505 Jet Ranger X (JRX) is an American light helicopter currently under development by Bell Helicopter. The Bell 505 was unveiled at the 2013 Paris Airshow on June 17, 2013 as the Bell SLS (Short Light Single). The official name was later announced at HAI Heli-Expo 2014 in Anaheim, California on February 25, 2014. The first flight is scheduled to occur by the end of 2014, with certification to follow as soon as possible.
HeliAir can assist you if you want to extend your license. We have our very own protocol that allows us to administer exams and profchecks for the Dutch Inspection of Traffic and Water Management; Division Aviation. We have instructors for all type of helicopters and can administer the exam for every type rating.