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1.  Private Pilot

Approximate Cost: $18,000.00(the use of our FLYIT simulator can decrease your "Approximate Cost")

  • Be at least 17 years of age (Student pilot 16 years)
  • Can carry passengers, but not for hire or compensation
  • Pass a written, oral and practical test
  • Must have logged at least 40 hours of flight training (national average is 50 to 60 hours)
  • Can include 7.5 hours in the simulator*

Private Pilot - "Add-On" Helicopter Certificate Requirements (for those Pilots WITH prior fixed-wing or other aircraft ratings) **

  • Already hold a Private (or higher) Pilot Certificate 
    • Hold a Current 3rd. Class (or higher) FAA Medical Certificate 
    • Complete 30 hours Minimum Flight Time Including 10 hrs of Solo Flight 
    • NO FAA WRITTEN Exam Required 
    • Pass an FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test 
    ** Note: NO Prior Airplane or Aircraft Experience is REQUIRED to Earn a Helicopter License.  See Private Pilot Requirements for details 

    Estimated Time: Private Pilot - "Add-On" Helicopter Rating* 

2.  Commercial Pilot

Approximate Cost: $43,500.00* (the use of our FLYIT simulator can decrease your "Approximate Cost")

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Can carry passengers and can do so for hire or compensation
  • Pass a written, oral and practical test
  • Must have logged at least 150 hours of flight time
  • 25 hours can be used in the helicopter flight simulator 

Commercial Pilot - "Add-On" Helicopter Certificate Requirements (for those Pilots WITH prior fixed-wing or other aircraft ratings)

Estimated Time: Helicopter Commercial Pilot Rating for Fixed-Wing Pilots With Logged Airplane PIC Time.

FAA Requirements for Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate: 

  • Be At Least 18 Years Old to Take the Commercial Helicopter Practical Flight Test 
  • Already hold a Helicopter Private (or higher) Pilot Certificate 
  • Hold a Current 3rd. Class (or higher) FAA Medical Certificate 
  • Minimum of 150 hours of Flight Time, 100 hours of which must be in Powered Aircraft and 50 hours in Helicopters
  • Minimum of 100 hours of Pilot-in-Command (PIC) Time, 35 Minimum in a Helicopter 
  • A Helicopter Instrument Rating is NOT Required 
  • 5 Hours of Instrument Training in a helicopter or helicopter simulator is Required 
  • NO FAA WRITTEN Exam Required for Those Who Hold a Commercial Airplane Certificate 
  • Pass the Commercial Helicopter FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test 
** Note: NO Prior Airplane or Aircraft Experience is REQUIRED to Earn a Helicopter License.   See Private Pilot Requirements for details 

Estimated Time: Commercial Pilot - "Add-On" Helicopter Certificate*.  Minimum of 60 Hours Required 

3.  Certified Flight Instructor

Approximate Cost: $60,000.00*

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Pass 2 written, 1 oral and practical test
  • Can give flight and ground instruction
  • Must have logged at least 150 hours of flight time. 200 flight hours to instruct in Robinson helicopters

4.  Instrument Rating  

Approximate Cost: $15,500.00(the use of our FLYIT simulator can decrease your "Approximate Cost")

  • 40 hours required
  • 20 hours in the simulator ($175. / hr)
  • Balance in R-44 ($600. / hr)

Instrument Rating - "Add-On" Helicopter Certificate Requirements (for those Pilots WITH prior fixed-wing or other aircraft ratings)

Estimated Time: Helicopter Instrument Rating for Fixed-Wing Pilots With Logged Airplane PIC Time.

FAA Requirements for Instrument Rating Certificate: 

  • Hold a Private Pilot and an Instrument Rating in Helicopter/Rotorcraft;
  • Hold an Instrument Rating (other than Helicopter/Rotorcraft);
  • FAA Medical Certificate; Pass the FAA practical test; and
  • Log 15 Hours Dual Instrument Time (Helicopter).
  • 15 Hours Dual Instrument Flight Training;
  • 10 Hours Ground Instruction*

 

*Estimated times, pricing, and/or options

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