Initial Application for a PPL(H) Licence

Guidance for applicants


The EASA PPL(H) licence allows you to fly:

  • EASA Helicopters registered in the EU
  • on an unpaid basis as a Pilot In Command (PIC) for non-commercial helicopter flights

PPL(H) licence holders with instructor or examiner privileges can receive payment for providing flight instruction, and conducting skills tests and proficiency checks for the PPL(H) and PPL(H) including ratings and certificates for these licences.


You must be at least 17 years old and have completed an approved PPL(H) training course at an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), which includes; 

    Flying Training

     A minimum of 45 hours flying training, including at least;

    • 25 hours of dual flight instruction; and
    • 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time and at least one Qualifying Cross Country Flight; For a PPL(H) this is defined as a cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

    Theoretical Knowledge Examinations
    A valid pass in all of the required PPL theoretical knowledge examinations;

    Common subjects:

    • Air law
    • Human performance
    • Meteorology
    • Communications
    Specific subjects concerning the different aircraft categories:

    • Principles of flight
    • Operational procedures
    • Flight performance and planning
    • Aircraft general knowledge
    • Navigation
    PPL(H) skill test with a Part-FCL flight examiner

    Your ATO should be able to guide you through your course and the requirements you’ll have to meet.
    Further details can be found in CAP 804, Section 4, Part C, Subpart 1

In addition to the course requirements outlined above, you must also have;


  • £183

See the Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing) for details.

    An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.

    Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

    • We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

    Validity period

    The PPL(H) is valid for life, provided that you maintain a valid medical certificate and valid ratings.
    (See CAP 804, Section 4, Part A, FCL.040)  



    • Class and Type Ratings included in a PPL(H) are valid for 12 months, except for the Single Pilot Single Engine (SEP)
      (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part H, Subpart 1, FCL.740)
    • Single Pilot Single Engine (SEP) Class ratings included in a PPL(H) are valid for 24 months.
      (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part H, Subpart 1, FCL.740)

    Medical Certificates


    The Validity period of a Class 2 Part-MED Medical Certificate varies from 1 to 5 years, depending on the age of the pilot;
    (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part N, MED.A.045)

    Class 2 medical certificates are valid for a period of:

    • 60 months until the licence holder reaches the age of 40. 
      A medical certificate issued before the age of 40 will cease to be valid after the licence holder reaches the age of 42;
    • 24 months between the age of 40 and 50.
      A medical certificate issued before the age of 50 will cease to be valid after the licence holder reaches the age of 51; and
    • 12 months after the age of 50.  

    Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

    You will need to provide

    • a fully completed online application form for the grant of a Private Pilot Licence
    • original flying logs (only applicable for ICAO conversions in certain circumstances)
    • Attached to the online form, the course completion certificate completed by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO)
    • evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Photographic Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO)
    • a copy of the Examiners Report form - please note that the licence will not be issued until the corresponding Examiner's Report Form is received.

    If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part ORA Approved Training Organisation we will also require:

    •  a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate

    Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed. 

    How to apply

    • Once all of the requirements above have been met, complete and submit the online application form
    • Supporting documents can be submitted online, or posted or delivered in person to the address below.

    What to expect

    • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.  
    •  Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.  
    • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while the additional requirements are met.
    • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements.  
      This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.  

    Contact us

    Licensing Department
    Aviation House
    Gatwick Airport South
    RH6 0YR