• Aim

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

    Theoretical knowledge training

    You will need to complete at least 350 hours of theoretical knowledge training.

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

    Crediting: theoretical knowledge training

    If you hold a PPL, you need only complete at least 200 hours of theoretical knowledge training.

    Theoretical knowledge examination

    You will need to pass the CPL (H) theoretical knowledge examinations.

    Flying training

    Requirement Required number of hours Crediting for previous experience
    Total flying training at least 135 hours, including all progress tests, of which 5 hours may be instrument ground time 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 have a helicopter night rating, or 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
      • MCC
    • PIC
    • Cross-country flying
    • Night flying
    • Instrument time

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

    Dual instruction

    You must complete at least 85 hours of dual instruction, which can include the following components:

    Dual instruction – visual instruction

    Up to75 hours of the dual instruction requirement can 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

    Up to 10 hours of the dual instruction requirement can be instrument instruction, which may include up to 5 hours in either a helicopter FNPT I or higher, or an aeroplane.

    If the helicopter used for flying training is different from the helicopter FFS used for visual training, the credit will be limited to that allocated for an FNTP II/III.

    Remaining requirements

    Requirement Required number of hours
    PIC 50 hours as PIC, of which 35 hours may be as student pilot-in-command (SPIC) and 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 also 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 10 hours dual instrument time, including at least 5 hours in a helicopter.

    Skill test

    Your skill test must be taken after completing the course.