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

  •  At least 20 hours dual flying
  •  At least 10 hours solo flying
  • At least 15 hours cross country navigation (6 of which needs to be solo)
  • Completed a minimum total of 50 hours flying
  • A pass in the PPL flight test

Theory Requirements for A PPL

The PPL theory subjects are combined in to 1 exam of 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 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?

Yes, the biggest question of them all! So it depends on a couple of factors,

Helicopter time

The most expensive portion of your training will be the helicopter time. Helicopters are usually charged out per hour of flight time and the rate varies depending on the helicopter type. Our list of prices are below.

50hrs in the R22 @ $550/hr = $27,500

Theory subjects

The theory subjects required can be completed in a couple of different ways, many people choose to study them via correspondence, or by attending a full time course which usually runs for around 10 days, it is best to give us a call and we can help to find the most suitable solution for you.

Approx $1500


As with most things there are some additional bits and pieces  that are recommended such as pilot logbooks, headset etc.

Approx $1500

The total?

The total will vary from student to student however if you were to do all your training in the Robinson R22 it would come to around $30,500

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