A private pilots licence is for those wishing to fly for themselves or friends and family.

This licence allows you to fly anywhere in Australia, you may carry passengers however you may not take money or reward for a flight or conduct any commercial work

How It Works

HV Helicopters has developed a training syllabus to meet the requirements of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the body governing aviation licensing.

Each lesson will consist of a detailed topic brief (approx 1 hr) by your personal instructor which will cover the theory behind each flight sequence, you will then receive a pre-flight brief on that days flying activities. It is then time to prepare the aircraft and conduct the flight. Flights can range any where from 1 hr up to 3 or 4 hrs depending on the flight sequence being conducted. On return you will receive a post flight debrief from your instructor on the days flying and create a plan for the following lesson.

Lessons are scheduled around your availability. It is up to you how often you would like to fly however we recommend a consistent approach is usually the most productive.

During your licence you have the option to complete the required hours on one type of helicopter only or you may choose to conduct a portion of your training (minimum 20 hrs) in a second type of helicopter, you may only have a maximum of two helicopters on your licence once you have completed your training.

Flight Requirements for A PPL

To be issued a Private Pilot Licence students must complete the minimum flight times below as part of a structured training course:

  • 40 hrs total flight time
  • 30 hrs in a helicopter
  • 10 hrs solo in a helicopter
  • 5 hrs solo navogation in a helicopter
  • A pass in the PPL flight test

Theory Requirements for A PPL

The PPL theory subjects are combined in to 1 exam of approx. 3Hrs.

Exam includes the subjects – Air Law, Aerodynamics, Navigation, Meteorology, Human Factors, Aircraft General Knowledge, Operations Performance and planning.

This exam can be sat at any time during your training however to get the most out of your lessons we suggest getting this done after around 10hrs of flight time.

You will also need to complete the in-house

  • Flight Radio Exam.
  • English test
  • Pre-solo quizzes
  • Aircraft endorsement exams

Additional requirements for a PPL


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

How much will it cost?

For most students this is one of the biggest factors to consider! Below you can access our current cost estimate for a commercial helicopter licence. 

When comparing costs to obtain your licence it is important to consider all costs involved in the training, not just the hourly rate of the helicopter. many schools may have a cheap hourly rate but then charge for many additional items such as landing fees, briefings etc. As always we are here to help so don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any additional questions!

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