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Which Licence Is Right For Me?

There are two main categories of Helicopter licence in Australia, there is a commercial licence or a private licence. Which one suits you will depend on what type of flying you would like to do with it. Below we have outlined the basic requirements of each.

Throughout your licence we will be there to guide you and assist with any questions you may have.

We are always more than happy to help with any questions you may have so feel free to contact us.

COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE CPL(H)

In short a CPL (H) is for those wanting to persue a career as a helicopter pilot.

Privileges of a CPL (H):

  • Allows you to work as a Helicopter pilot anywhere in Australia!
  • With the appropriate additional training allows you to conduct charter flights and aerial work such a firefighting

CPL Flight Requirements:

  •  40 hours dual flying
  •  25 hours solo flying
  • Completed a minimum total of 105 hours flying
  • A pass in the CPL flight test

Included in these hours must be at least 25 hours of navigation flying 10 hours of which need to be solo navigation flying.

CPL Theory Requirements:

The theory subjects required for the commercial license are split up in to 7 separate exams:

  • Air Law
  • Aerodynamics
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human Factors
  • Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge

You will also need to complete the in-house

  • Flight Radio Exam.
  • Quizzes to progress to solo

Documentation

  • You will need to be at least 17 years of age to commence training and 18 to be issued a commercial licence
  • Holder of a Class 1 Medical (We can help you to arrange this and find a suitably qualified medical doctor)
  • Hold an Aviation Security Identification Card ASIC (We will help you to arrange this when needed)

PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE PPL(H)

Basically this licence is for those wanting to fly themselves or friends and family.

Privileges of a PPL (H):

  • Allows you to fly as Pilot in command of a helicopter for private flights anywhere in australia
  • Allows you to carry passengers as long as it is not for gain or reward (ie. as long as its not a commercial flight)

PPL Flight Requirements:

  • 20 hours dual flying
  • 10 hours solo flying
  • Completed a minimum total of 50 hours flying
  • A pass in the PPL flight test

Included in these hours must be at least 15 hours of navigation flying and 6 hours of which need to be solo navigation flying.

PPL Theory Requirements:

  • 1 Exam aprox. 3Hrs. Exam includes the subjects – Air Law, Aerodynamics, Navigation, Meteorology, Human Factors and Radio topics. This exam can be sat at any time during your training however to get the most out of your lessons we suggest geting this done after around 10hrs of flight time.
  • You will also need to pass a quick English test, in order to qualify for a PPL licence.

Documentation

  • You will need to be at least 17 years of age
  • Holder of a Class 2 Medical (We can help you to arrange this and find a suitably qualified medical doctor)
  • Hold an Aviation Security Identification Card ASIC (We will help you to arrange this when needed)
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