• Aim

    The aim of the course is to obtain a CPL (H) and an IR (H).

    Theoretical knowledge training

    You will need to complete at least 500 hours of theoretical knowledge training.

    This theoretical knowledge course will only be sufficient for attempting CPL (H) and IR (H) theoretical knowledge examinations. If you wish to take theoretical knowledge examinations at ATPL (H) level you will need to complete additional study.

    Theoretical knowledge examination

    You will need to pass the CPL (H)/IR exam as a minimum to demonstrate an appropriate level of theoretical knowledge.

    Flying training

    Requirement Required number of hours Crediting for previous experience
    Total flying training at least 180 hours, including all progress tests If you hold an ICAO compliant PPL (H), 50% of the hours flown can be credited, up to a maximum of 40 hours, of which up to 20 hours can be dual instruction. If you also hold a helicopter night rating, this maximum is raised to 50 hours, of which up to 25 hours may be dual instruction.

    The total flying training requirement (above) must include the following components:

    • Dual instruction
      • Visual instruction
      • Instrument instruction
    • PIC
    • Cross-country flying
    • Night flying
    • Instrument time

    Exact hour requirements for each of these components are set out below.

    Dual instruction

    You will need to complete 125 hours’ dual visual instruction.

    Dual instruction – visual instruction

    75 hours of your dual instruction (above) must be visual instruction, which may include one of the four options below:

    Simulator/aircraft category Hours allowed
    Helicopter FFS, level C/D 30
    FTD 2, 3 25
    FNPT II/III 20
    Aeroplane or touring motor glider (TMG) 20

    Dual instruction – instrument instruction

    You will need to complete 50 hours dual instrument instruction, which may include the following hours in simulators or other aircraft categories:

    Simulator/aircraft category Hours allowed
    Helicopter FFS or FTD 2, 3 or FNPT II/III 20
    At least a helicopter FNPT I, or an aeroplane 10

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

    Remaining requirements

    Requirement Required number of hours
    PIC 55 hours as PIC, of which 40 hours may be as student pilot-in-command (SPIC). You must complete at least 14 hours solo day and 1 hour solo night flight.
    Dual cross-country flying 10 hours
    Cross-country flying 10 hours as PIC, including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM), which should include full stop landings at two aerodromes different from that of departure.
    Night flying 5 hours, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction and 1 hour of cross-country navigation and 5 solo night circuits, each of which must include a take-off and landing.
    Instrument time 50 hours dual instrument time, including 10 hours basic instrument instruction and 40 hours IR training, which must include 10 hours in a multi-engine IFR-certified helicopter

    Skill test

    Your skill test must be taken after completing the course.

    You must take the CPL (H) skill test on either a single- or multi-engine helicopter and take the IR (H) skill test on an IFR multi-engine helicopter.