Apply for the PART-FCL Commercial Pilot Licence Helicopter CPL(H) – ATP(H) Integrated route without IR

How to apply


The aim of the ATP(H) integrated course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot multi-engine helicopters limited to VFR privileges in commercial air transport and to obtain the CPL(H).

An ATP(H) integrated course requires you to complete all the instructional stages in one continuous course of training as arranged by an ATO.

The privileges of the holder of a CPL(H) are, within helicopters, to:

(1) exercise all the privileges of the holder of an LAPL(H) and a PPL(H);
(2) act as PIC or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in operations other than commercial air transport;
(3) act as PIC in commercial air transport of any single-pilot aeroplane subject to the restrictions specified in FCL.060 and in this Subpart;
(4) act as co-pilot in commercial air transport subject to the restrictions specified in FCL.060.


To be issued with a CPL (H) you must have fulfilled the requirements for the type rating of the helicopter used in the skill test.


Flying training

This must include at least 150 hours, to include all progress tests. Within the total of 150 hours, applicants shall complete at least:

  • 95 hours of dual instruction, of which:
  • 75 hours visual instruction may include:
    • (1) 30 hours in a helicopter FFS level C/D, or
    • (2) 25 hours in a helicopter FTD 2,3, or
    • (3) 20 hours in a helicopter FNPT II/III, or
    • (4) 20 hours in an aeroplane or TMG;
      • (ii) 10 hours basic instrument instruction may include 5 hours in at least a helicopter FNPT I or an aeroplane;
      • (iii)10 hours MCC, for which a helicopter: helicopter FFS or FTD 2,3(MCC) or FNPT II/III(MCC) may be used.

If the helicopter used for the flying training is of a different type from the helicopter FFS used for the visual training, the maximum credit shall be limited to that allocated for the helicopter FNPT II/III.

  • 55 hours as PIC, of which 40 hours may be as SPIC. At least 14 hours solo day and 1 hour solo night shall be made;
  • 50 hours of cross-country flight, including at least 10 hours of cross-country flight as SPIC, Including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) in the course of which landings at two different aerodromes from the aerodrome of departure shall be made;
  • 5 hours flight time in helicopters shall be completed at night comprising 3 hours of dual instruction including at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo night circuits. Each circuit shall include a take-off and a landing.

Theoretical knowledge examination

Have current and valid passes in all of the required theoretical knowledge examinations, have completed the required course of training with an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) and a CPL(H) skills test.  See CAP 804 (section 4 Part L Appendix 3 point G)


  • £240 for the issue a Part FCL CPL (H) including 1 rating and an Instrument rating.
  • An additional fee of £119 is payable if applying for an additional rating at this time.

See page 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 CPL (H) has lifetime validity, however the privileges granted by a licence shall be dependent upon the validity of the ratings contained therein, if applicable, and of the medical certificate.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Fully completed Online Application.
  • Course completion certificate.
  • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Original skills test forms or a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner.
  • Payment
  • If you are applying on the basis on a Third country ICAO licence conversion we will also require the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate. If your ICAO licence does not show the validity of dates of ratings, please submit certified copies of the relevant logbook pages that confirm the currency of the ratings. In addition we also require a letter of verification of the licence from the issuing NAA.
  • If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation we will in addition require a copy of the ATO’s PART ORA approval certificate and simulator approval.
  • If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces please attach a copy of completed form SRG2133
  • Evidence of a valid language proficiency level, if not conducted as part of the Skills test.

Please note 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