• Prerequisites, experience and crediting for an ATPL (H)


    If you are applying for an ATPL (H) you will need to already hold a CPL (H) and a multi-pilot helicopter type rating and have received instruction in multi-crew co-operation (MCC).

    Flying time

    You also need to have completed a minimum of 1000 hours of flight time as a pilot of helicopters, including at least:

    1. 350 hours in multi-pilot helicopters
    2. One of the following:
      • 250 hours as PIC, or
      • 100 hours as PIC and 150 hours as PIC under supervision, or
      • 250 hours as PIC under supervision in multi-pilot helicopters - in this case, the ATPL (H) privileges will be limited to multi-pilot operations only, until 100 hours as PIC have been completed
    3. 200 hours of cross-country flight time of which at least 100 hours should be as PIC or as PIC under supervision
    4. 30 hours of instrument time of which not more than 10 hours may be instrument ground time
    5. 100 hours of night flight as PIC or as co-pilot

    Of the 1000 hours of total flight time, a maximum of 100 hours can be completed in an FSTD (not more than 25 hours can be completed in an FNPT).

    Multi-pilot experience gained in single pilot aircraft

    For two pilot operations in single pilot aeroplanes to be accepted as “Multi-pilot operations” you must show evidence that the approval of the operator to carry out the flight included a legal requirement that two pilots acting together was the minimum allowable crew for the flight.
    The European Aircrew Regulation includes the following definitions:

    Multi-pilot operation

    For aeroplanes, it means an operation requiring at least 2 pilots using multi-crew cooperation in either multi-pilot or single-pilot aeroplanes;
    For helicopters, it means an operation requiring at least 2 pilots using multi-crew cooperation on multi-pilot helicopters.

    Multi-pilot aircraft

    For aeroplanes, it means aeroplanes certificated for operation with a minimum crew of at least two pilots;
    For helicopters, airships and powered-lift aircraft, it means the type of aircraft which is required to be operated with a co-pilot as specified in the flight manual or by the air operator certificate or equivalent document.
    A flight with two pilots who are simply taking turns to fly - and where the flight could still take place if only one pilot was available - is not a multi-pilot operation. For a flight to be accepted as multi-pilot the law that applied to the flight must require 2 pilots. 
    Documentary evidence from both the operator (Air Operator’s Certificate clearly identifying the nature of the operations) and the national authority concerned confirming that the aircraft used was required to be operated solely by 2 pilots qualified on type will be required as well as logbook evidence.


    Flight time in aeroplanes will be credited towards the requirements above up to a maximum of 50% of the total required hours.

    Skill test

    The experience listed above must be completed before the skill test for the ATPL (H) is taken.