Helicopter Operations resources

Helicopter Operations

Requirements

Licensing

Private pilot licence and helicopter category rating

See page 1.5 and CASR 61.515 for general private pilot licence and other licensing information.

An applicant (who has completed an integrated training course) for a PPL with a helicopter category rating must have at least 35 hours of aeronautical experience that includes at least: (CASR 61.530)

  • 30 hours of flight time as pilot of a helicopter
  • 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter
  • five hours of solo cross-country flight in a helicopter
  • two hours of dual instrument time and
  • one hour of dual instrument time in a helicopter.

An applicant (who has not completed an integrated training course) for a PPL with a helicopter category rating must have at least 40 hours of aeronautical experience that includes at least: (CASR 61.550)

  • 30 hours of flight time as pilot of a helicopter
  • 10 hours of solo flight in a helicopter
  • five hours of solo cross-country flight time in a helicopter
  • two hours of dual instrument time and
  • one hour of dual instrument time in a helicopter.

Any of the required aeronautical experience that is not completed as flight time as a pilot must be completed as:

  • simulated flight time in an approved flight simulator device for the purpose or
  • tethered flight time.

The cross-country flight time mentioned above must include a flight of at least 100 nm during which a landing is made at each of two landing areas, other than the one from which the flight began.

The flight time in a helicopter must be completed in a registered or recognised helicopter. A registered aircraft is an aircraft that is registered in accordance with CASR Part 47 and a recognised helicopter is one that is either on the register of aircraft kept by a contracting state or is a state aircraft (for example, police or military) (CASR Dictionary Part 1).

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