• General

    You will need to hold a PPL (H), issued in accordance with Annex 1 to the Chicago convention. EASA PPL (H) licences are issued in accordance with this Annex.

    Before you begin the course, you must have completed 155 hours flight time, including 50 hours as PIC, of which 10 hours must be cross-country.

    If you are taking your skill test on a multi-engine helicopter you must have completed the prerequisites for the issue of a type or class rating for a multi-engine helicopter. More details are available in the  class and types ratings section.  

    You must complete your flight training in one continuous course at an ATO.

    Flying training

    To apply for a CPL (H) you must complete at least 30 hours of dual flight instruction, including 10 hours of instrument instruction and 20 hours of visual flight instruction.

    Use of simulators or aeroplanes for dual instruction

    • Up to five hours of the instrument instruction requirement can be taken in a FFS, FTD2,3 or FNPT II, III
    • Up to five hours of the visual instruction requirement can be taken in a FTD 1, FNPT I or in an aeroplane

    Night flight instruction

    You will also need to complete at least 5 hours of night flight instruction, comprising 3 hours of dual instruction, which will include at least 1 hour of cross country navigation and 5 solo night circuits, each including a take-off and landing.

    If you already hold an IR

    If you hold a valid IR(H) you will be fully credited the 10 hours instrument instruction time requirement. If you hold an IR(A) you will be credited with 5 hours. The remaining 5 hours must be completed in a helicopter.

    If you have a night rating (helicopter) already

    You will not need to complete the additional night flight instruction if you already hold a night rating (helicopter).

    CPL(H) modular experience requirements which must be met before conducting the CPL Skills test

    You must have at least 185 hours of flight time before conducting the skills test.  

    This must include the following for Pilot in Command (PIC)

    • 50 hours as PIC, of which 10 hours of cross-country flight as PIC, including a VFR cross-country flight of at least 185 km (100NM), in the course of which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure must be made

    You may be able to count some other Pilot in Command flying hours towards the 185 hours of flight time required.

    These are detailed below:

    • 20 hours in aeroplanes if you hold a PPL(A)
      or
    • 50 hours in aeroplanes, if you hold a CPL(A)
      or
    • 10 hours in TMGs or sailplanes
      or
    • 20 hours in airships if you hold a PPL(As)
      or
    • 50 hours in airships if you hold a CPL(As)

    Skill test

    After completing your flying training and gaining the relevant experience you will need to take the CPL(H) skill test.

    Apply for a CPL (H) using paper forms