Apply for the initial issue of a Single Pilot Multi-Engine (Helicopter) Rating

How to apply


Holding a type rating allows you to act as pilot on the type of helicopter specified in the rating.

To apply for this type rating you must hold a PPL(H), CPL(H) or ATPL(H) licence and have completed the relevant training and testing as defined in CAP804. Section 4 Part H subpart 2. and a current Helicopter Type rating.

Please note - If you are the holder of an existing UK issued JAR Flight Crew licence or UK PPL(H), CPL(H) or ATPL(HG) which has not already been converted to a Part-FCL licence, then this licensing action will result in the compulsory conversion of your existing licence to a Part-FCL licence.

This will require an additional application form / information which will have to be submitted, and additional requirements may have to be met. As such, please refer to the conversion information available on our website in addition to the information on this page.


You must:

  • Have a current and valid helicopter licence.
  • Complete a training course at an ATO approved under Part-ORA.

Single-pilot multi-engine helicopters

  • For issue of a first type rating for a single-pilot multi-engine helicopter before starting flight training you must:
    • have passed the ATPL(H) theoretical knowledge examinations;
    • hold a certificate of completion of a pre-entry course conducted by an ATO. The course shall cover the following subjects of the ATPL(H) theoretical knowledge course:
      • – Aircraft General Knowledge: airframe/systems/power plant, and instrument / electronics,
      • – Flight Performance and Planning: mass and balance, performance
  • If you have not completed an ATP(H)/IR, ATP(H), or CPL(H)/IR integrated training course you must:
    • have completed at least 70 hours as PIC on helicopters.

Theoretical Knowledge Examination

  • For single-pilot multi-engine helicopters, the theoretical knowledge examination shall be written and the number of multiple-choice questions shall depend on the complexity of the aircraft.

Skills test

  • You must pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable type of helicopter.

Additional Requirements

  • your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a current and valid PART MED medical certificate appropriate to the level of licence held.
  • A current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA.

Please refer to CAP 804 section 4, Part H, subpart 2



  • £119.00 for the issue of a Helicopter Type rating onto a licence if holder of a CPL(H) or ATPL(H)
  • £88.00 for the issue of a Helicopter Type onto a licence if holder of a PPL(H), being processed by the UK CAA.

Please note that additional fees may apply if this licensing action results in the conversion of your licence and to check the validity of ratings on a PART FCL licence.

Please refer to the Scheme of charges (Personnel Licensing) table 6 page 6.

An additional fee will also be payable if you would like your documents to be 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

1 year from the date of passing the skills test.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Online Application
  • Course Completion Certificate.
  • Payment

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 a copy of the examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate and a copy of the current and valid examiner briefing certificate, issued by the UK CAA.

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 or a copy certified by Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO); or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF); or an examiner authorised by the CAA

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, please complete and submit the online application form.

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 to cancel your application.

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South