• Additional requirements for the LAPL (H)

    All the requirements in the LAPL common requirements page apply to the LAPL (H). You should familiarise yourself with the information there before you start.

    Privileges and conditions

    A LAPL (H) will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on single engine helicopters with a maximum take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, with no more than 4 persons on board.

    Your privileges will be limited to the type and class of helicopter you took your skill test on unless you complete additional training. See the extension of privileges to another type or variant section of this page.

    To fly a non-EASA helicopter you need either a UK PPL (H) or a UK NPPL (H) because you cannot attach a type rating for a non-EASA helicopter to an EASA licence. You can then attach the relevant type rating for that helicopter to your licence. See the section on national licences for more information.

    Experience requirements and crediting

    If you do not already hold a licence, you will need to complete 40 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, including at least:

    1. 35 hours on the type of helicopter that is used for the skill test
    2. 20 hours of dual flight instruction
    3. 10 hours of supervised solo flight, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight of a least 150km (80NM), during which one full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made

    Getting a LAPL (H) if you have an existing licence

    If you have a relevant current rating on another type of licence for helicopters and you are applying for a LAPL (H) you will not have to do any additional training or skill tests.

    If your rating has lapsed you will need to complete the LAPL skill test.

    Extension of privileges to another type or variant

    To extend a LAPL(H) to include an additional type or variant you will need to complete the following:

    1. 5 hours of flight instruction, including:
      • 15 take-offs, approaches and landings under instruction
      • 15 supervised solo take-offs, approaches and landings
    2. A skill test to demonstrate adequate competence in the new type, during which you will also need to demonstrate an adequate level of theoretical knowledge for the type in the following subjects:
      • Operational procedures
      • Flight performance and planning
      • Aircraft general knowledge

    To extend the privileges of a LAPL (H) to include more complex variants of the class in which the skill test was taken, you will need to complete differences or familiarisation training, which will then be entered into your log book and signed by your instructor.

    Keeping your licence current, and what to do if you don’t meet the requirements

    The privileges of your licence will remain valid for the specific type of aircraft if you have completed the following in the last 12 months as pilot of that type:

    1. At least 6 hours flight time as PIC, including 6 take-offs, approaches and landings; and
    2. Refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor.

    If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:

    1. Complete a proficiency check on the specific type with an examiner before you exercise the privileges of the licence; or
    2. Complete the additional flight time or take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or solo, under the supervision of an instructor.

    Apply for a LAPL (H) using paper forms

  • Related Information

    All relevant European regulations such as Part- ARO, ORO, CAT, SPA, NCC, NCO, MED are available on the link shown below.

    For Flight Crew Regulations please refer to the consolidated version Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.

    For other regulations such as Part-ORO, Part-ORA, please check the Air Operations regulations.