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    Privileges and conditions

    A PPL for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot in non-commercial operations on helicopters.

    The exception to this is for holders of a PPL (H) with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be paid for the following:

    1. Flight instruction
    2. Conducting skill tests and proficiency checks

    for the LAPL (H) or PPL (H) and any associated ratings and endorsements.

    Experience requirements and crediting

    If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FNPT or FFS), including at least:

    1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction.
    2. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome.
    3. 35 of the 45 hours of flight instruction have to be completed on the same type of helicopter used for the skill test.

    PPL (H) crediting if you hold a LAPL (H)

    If you hold a LAPL (H), and are applying for a PPL (H) you must complete a course with a flight training school to include at least:

    1. 5 hours of dual flight instruction,
    2. At least 1 supervised solo cross-country flight, of at least 185km (100NM), plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

    PPL (H) crediting if you hold another licence

    If you hold a pilot’s licence for another type of aircraft, except balloons, you will be credited with 10% of your total flight time as PIC up to a maximum of 6 hours. You will still need to complete 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome and 25 hours dual flight instruction as the credited flight time cannot be counted towards this requirement.

    Apply for a PPL (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.