• You will need to complete a course of training at an ATO or RFT, and complete a Skill test on type.

    An applicant for a type rating shall complete a training course and the base training/take offs and landings at an ATO.

    The type rating training course shall include the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21.

    Training and testing

  • Theoretical knowledge examination 

    The applicant for a helicopter type rating must pass a theoretical knowledge examination organised by the ATO to demonstrate the level of theoretical knowledge required for the safe operation of the applicable helicopter type.
    For single-engine helicopters, the theoretical knowledge examination will be conducted verbally by the examiner during the skill test to determine whether or not a satisfactory level of knowledge has been achieved

    The syllabus is detailed in AMC1 FCL.725(a) found at the foot of this page.

    The applicant for a class or type rating must pass a theoretical knowledge examination organised by the ATO to demonstrate the level of theoretical knowledge required for the safe operation of the applicable aircraft class or type of helicopter.

    An applicant for a helicopter type rating must complete a training course at an suitably approved ATO. The type rating training course need to include the mandatory training elements for the relevant type as defined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21 skill test.

    An applicant for a class or type rating shall pass a skill test in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part to demonstrate the skill required for the safe operation of the applicable class or type of helicopter.

    The applicant shall pass the skill test within a period of 6 months after commencement of the type rating training course and within a period of 6 months preceding the application for the issue of
    the rating.

    AMC2 FCL.725(a) Requirements for the issue of class and type ratings

    Training course

    Flight instruction for type ratings: helicopters

    The amount of flight instruction depends on:

    • complexity of the helicopter type, handling characteristics, level of technology;
    • category of helicopter (SEP or SE turbine helicopter, ME turbine and MP helicopter);
    • previous experience of the applicant;
    • the availability of FSTDs.
      (b) FSTDs

    The level of qualification and the complexity of the type will determine the amount of practical training that may be accomplished in FSTDs, including completion of the skill test. Before undertaking the skill test, a student
    should demonstrate competency in the skill test items during the practical training.

    (c) Initial issue

    The flight instruction (excluding skill test) should comprise:

    Helicopter types   In helicopter  In helicopter and FSTD associated training credits
     SEP (H)  5 hrs

     Using FFS C/D: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 6 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 4 hrs helicopter and at least 6 hrs total

     SET (H) under 3175 kg MTOM  5 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 6 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 4 hrs helicopter and at least 6 hrs total
     SET (H) at or over 3175 kg MTOM  8 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 10 hrs  total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 4 hrs helicopter and at least 10 hrs total
     SPH MET (H) CS and FAR 27 and 29  8 hrs   Using FFS C/D: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 10 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 4 hrs helicopter and at least 10 hrs total
     MPH  10 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 12 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 4 hrs helicopter and at least 12 hrs total


    Additional types

    The flight instruction (excluding skill test) should comprise:

    Helicopter types   In helicopter  In helicopter FSTD associated training credits
     SEP (H) to SEP (H) within AMC1 FCL.740.H (a)(3)  2 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 3 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 4 hrs total
     SEP (H) to SEP (H) not included in AMC1 FCL.740.H (a)(3)  5 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 6 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 7 hrs total
     SET (H) to SET (H)  2 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 3 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 4 hrs total
     ME difference training  1 hr  N/A
     MET(H) to MET(H)  3 hrs  Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 4 hrs total
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 5 hrs total
     ME difference training  1 hr  N/A
     MPH to MPH  5 hrs   Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 6 hrs total 
     Using FTD 2/3: At least 2 hrs helicopter and at least 7 hrs total
     Extend privileges on the same type rating from SPH to MPH (except for initial MP issue) or from the MPH to SPH  2 hrs Using FFS C/D: At least 1 hr helicopter and at least 3 hrs total 
         

     

     

    Single Pilot to Multi Pilot on the same type rating:
    An applicant who already holds a type rating for a helicopter type, with the privilege or either single-pilot or multi-pilot operations, shall be considered to have already fulfilled the theoretical requirements when applying to add the privilege for the other form of operation on the same helicopter type.

    Multi-crew cooperation training course - helicopters

    (a) The MCC training course shall comprise at least:
    (1) for MCC/IR:
    (i) 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises;
    and
    (ii) 20 hours of practical MCC training or 15 hours, in the case of student pilots attending an ATP(H)/IR integrated course. When the MCC training is combined with the initial type rating training for a multi-pilot helicopter,
    the practical MCC training may be reduced to not less than 10 hours if the same FSTD is used for both MCC and type rating;
    (2) for MCC/VFR:
    (i) 25 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction and exercises;
    and
    (ii) 15 hours of practical MCC training or 10 hours, in the case of student pilots attending an ATP(H)/IR integrated course. When the MCC training is combined with the initial type rating training for a multi-pilot helicopter,
    the practical MCC training may be reduced to not less than 7 hours if the same FSTD is used for both MCC and type rating.
    (b) The MCC training course shall be completed within 6 months at an ATO.
    An FNPT II or III qualified for MCC, an FTD 2/3 or an FFS shall be used.
    (c) Unless the MCC course has been combined with a multi-pilot type rating course, on completion of the MCC training course the applicant shall be given a certificate of completion.
    (d) An applicant having completed MCC training for any other category of aircraft shall be exempted from the requirement in (a)(1)(i) or (a)(2)(i), as applicable.
    (e) An applicant for MCC/IR training who has completed MCC/VFR training shall be exempted from the requirement in (a)(1)(i), and shall complete 5 hours of practical MCC/IR training.
    Further training at an ATO may be required before completion of Skill test on type.

    The ATO will need to complete a Course Completion certificate.

    Further training at an ATO may be required before completion of Skill test on type.

    The ATO will need to complete a Course Completion certificate.

  • Credits available

  • The terms for of ATPL, CPL and the transfer of any 3rd country non-EU Ratings or Certificates to the equivalent Part-FCL Ratings or Certificates are set out in Article 8 of the EASA Aircrew Regulation found at the foot of this page.

    • (1) A current and valid class or type rating contained in a licence issued by a third country may be inserted in a Part-FCL licence provided that the applicant:

    • (a) complies with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;

    • (b) passes the relevant skill test for the issue of the applicable type or class rating in accordance with Part-FCL;

    • (c) is in current flying practice with a current and valid ICAO licence and validating medical certificate;

    • for single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of up to 3 175 kg, 100 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that type; 

    • for all other helicopters, 350 hours of flight experience as a pilot in that class.

    If you have flown less than 100 or 350 hours on type  as detailed above) but are still in current flying practise, you may be eligible for a reduced course of training under the terms of Article 8 of the Aircrew Regulation.

    The credit given to the applicant will be determined by the UK CAA on the basis of a recommendation from an Approved Training Organisation prior to the course. The applicant should attend an ATO. If on the basis of assessment by the ATO the course is to be reduced, the Head of Training may make a written recommendation for a further reduction, and to the ATO's Licensing Standards Inspector who will give the recommendation consideration. Non-UK CAA Approved ATOs should submit Article 8 reduced course requests to FCLWEB@caa.co.uk.

    You will have to ensure that the examiner holds the appropriate qualifications and comply with the requirements of FCL.1015, relating to the examiner briefing where the competent authority for the applicant is different than that of the examiner.

    For UK examiners, please refer to Information Notice IN 2016/004 and non UK examiners please refer to Information Notice IN 2016/003.

    The simulator to be used must have a Part-FCL approval as well.

    A QMP(H) who is qualified on one of the Military Class/Types listed below, who is seeking to obtain the Class/Type rating for a Part-FCL licence shall meet all the requirements for the issue of the Part-FCL Class/Type rating for Aeroplanes, except for the credits stated below.

    Applicants may apply the credits below, towards satisfying the Part-FCL requirements.

    Class/Type rating Course Credits

    QMP(H)s who are compliant with the prerequisite requirements for the application for the Class/Type rating are required to complete additional training to comply with the standard required for the skill test, as determined by the Head of Training at an ATO approved to conduct the applicable Type rating course.

    QMP(H) applicants must pass the Type Rating theoretical knowledge examination and skill Test for the issue of the applicable Type rating.

    The skill test will be conducted by the holder of the appropriate Flight Examiner Certificate issued under Part-FCL.
    The following Military Helicopters acceptable for this purpose are:

    • Agusta A109A - (A109)
    • Agusta A109 Power - (AW109)
    • AW139
    • Dauphin - (SA365/365N)
    • Gazelle - (SA341/342)
    • Griffin - (Bell 212/412)
    • Merlin Mk 3/3A - (EH101)
    • Puma II - (AS332/EC225)
    • Squirrel - (AS350/350B3)
    • Twin Squirrel - (AS355/355N)

    Holders of a UK issued Part FCL licence in another category and flight test pilots

    Pilots holding a flight test rating issued in accordance with FCL.820 who were involved in development, certification or production flight tests for an aircraft type, and have completed either 50 hours of total flight time or 10 hours of flight time as PIC on test flights in that type, shall be entitled to apply for the issue of the relevant type rating, provided that they comply with the experience requirements and the prerequisites for the issue of that type rating, as established in this Subpart for the relevant aircraft category.

  • Revalidation and renewal of ratings

  • For revalidation of type ratings for helicopters, you must: 

    • (1) pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to this Part in the relevant type of helicopter or an FSTD representing that type within the 3 months immediately preceding the expiry date of the rating;
      and
    • (2) complete at least 2 hours as a pilot of the relevant helicopter type within the validity period of the rating. The duration of the proficiency check may be counted towards the 2 hours. ( FCL.740.H refers)

    When applicants hold more than 1 type rating for single-engine turbine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass up to 3175 kg, they can revalidate all the relevant type ratings by completing the proficiency check in only 1 of the relevant types held, provided that they have completed:

    • 300 hours as PIC on helicopters;
    • 15 hours on each of the types held;

    And at least 2 hours of PIC flight time on each of the other types during the validity period.

    The proficiency check shall be performed each time on a different type.

    The revalidation of an IR(H), if held, may be combined with a proficiency check for a type rating.

    If a type rating has expired you must:

    • (1) take refresher training at an ATO, when necessary to reach the level of proficiency necessary to safely operate the relevant type of helicopter;
      and
    • (2) pass a proficiency check in accordance with Appendix 9 to Part-FCL

    The requirements for refresher training at an ATO are detailed in Part-FCL and in the UK Alt MoC1 FCL.740(b)(1). Links at the foot of the page.

    If an IR(H) is attached to the type, please refer to the IR (H) section for the requirements.

    ICAO 3rd country licence holders

    FCL.740(b): Type Rating Renewal requirement for pilots who hold a Type rating on another licence
    The UK CAA has adopted a derogation such that where a pilot holds a Type Rating issued by a third country and that rating is compliant with Annex I to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the applicability of FCL.740 (b) may be based on the validity dates of the Type Rating of that other country.

    The effect of this derogation is that to renew the type rating on a UK issued licence:

    (i) a pilot with a current and valid 3rd country type rating shall complete the revalidation requirements of FCL.740.H(a) and the aircraft category specific requirements for revalidation of the Part-FCL Type Rating; meaning that he must pass the proficiency check, but is not required to undergo training.

  • How to apply

    • If you hold a UK issued professional licence with a valid Class One Medical Certificate, you need apply via our e-Licensing portal

       

      Please note that if you are claiming cross credits under Part FCL.740H(3) you need to apply with the paper forms

       

      If you are applying via the UK Military Accreditation Scheme, you need to download SRG2133 and apply via our e-Licensing portal.    

      For all other routes, please apply via our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application forms ( such as ID and logbooks):

       

      • Form SRG 1173
      • Form SRG 1107/ 1119D or the course completion certificate provided by the ATO
      • Form SRG 2138
      • MCC for the first multi pilot type
      • Form SRG 2142 for applicants claiming credits from holding an ICAO licence, for initial issue, revalidation or renewal  

      If you are applying on the basis of training and testing conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

      • the ATO's PART ORA approval certificate;
      • the examiners licence, medical and authorisation certificate;
      • return email confirmation from testnotification@caa.co.uk

      If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

      • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate;
        or
      • a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF), or a UK approved examiner

      Original logbooks or electronic logbooks 

      • Electronic logbooks are acceptable for all types of application provided they have been printed, signed and dated.
        If your ICAO licence does not show the validity dates of the ratings, please submit certified copies of logbook pages showing the rating validity and test dates.

      If you hold a UK issued professional licence with a valid Class One Medical Certificate, you can apply via our e-Licensing portal.

      If you are applying via the UK Military Accreditation Scheme, you need to download SRG2133 and apply via our e-Licensing portal.

      For all other routes, please apply via our postal application forms with all other required associated documents listed in the guidance of the application forms ( such as ID and logbooks):

      • Form SRG 1173
      • Form SRG 1107/ 1119D or the course completion certificate provided by the ATO
      • Form SRG 2138
      • Form SRG 2142 for applicants claiming credits from holding an ICAO licence, for initial issue, revalidation or renewal.

       


      If you are applying on the basis of training and testing conducted by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation you must send copies of the following:

      • the ATO's PART ORA approval certificate;
      • the examiners licence, medical and authorisation certificate;
      • return email confirmation from testnotification@caa.co.uk

      If you are applying on the basis of a Third country ICAO licence conversion you will need to send us:

      • the original Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate;
        or
      • a copy certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), or the holder of a registration for a Registered Training Facility (RTF), or a UK approved examiner

      Original logbooks or electronic logbooks 

      • Electronic logbooks are acceptable for all types of application provided they have been printed, signed and dated.
      • If your ICAO licence does not show the validity dates of the ratings, please submit certified copies of logbook pages showing the rating validity and test dates.
    • Related Information

      Please ensure that your training provider is approved to conduct the training that you are undertaking.

      We strongly recommend you check that your instructor and examiner hold the relevant privileges to conduct the training and any flight test, examination or assessment of competence that is being carried out.

      How to find a UK examiner or UK approved school

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