Code of Federal Aviation Regulations 14 CFR Part 61.107(b)(3) details the areas of operation in which training must be received for the issue of a Private Pilot Certificate - Rotorcraft Category, Helicopter Class Rating, and 14 CFR Part 61.109(c) details the minimum training requirements for the issue of a certificate.
If you already hold a private pilot certificate in another category of aircraft, you can add the Rotorcraft Category, Helicopter Class rating to your existing pilot certificate. The benefits of doing an additional rating are that you are not required to take another FAA Knowledge Test, and the minimum hours required are reduced to 30 hours (20 hours dual instruction and 10 hours supervised solo flight).
Please note that these flight times are the minimum allowed by the regulations, and the course is based on the minimum requirement as some very experienced pilots will be able to meet the standards of proficiency in the minimum times.
However, some students may need more than the minimums dependent on their overall aviation experience in different categories of aircraft.
Course Outline & Fees
- 20 hours of dual flight instruction | $7,000
- 10 hours of supervised solo flight | $3,000
- Practical test and checkride | $600
Course Total - $10,600
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Minimum eligibility requirements:
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Be able to read, write, speak and understand the English language to at least ICAO level 4 (minimum operational level)
- Hold an FAA third class medical certificate
- Hold a current FAA pilot certificate in a category other than Rotorcraft-Helicopter
- Complete a minimum of 30 hours of helicopter flight time (which must include 20 hours of dual instruction and 10 hours of supervised solo flight)
- Pass a practical test with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner – the test comprises an oral exam and a flight test