With the implementation of EASA, a new set of requirements has come into force requiring the written exams for the PPL (H) to be tackled in a certain manner. The source information can be found in the CAA information notice IN-2013/061 available to be downloaded from the CAA website.
In summary, there are 9 exams:
Air Law, Operational Procedures, Communications
Navigation, Meteorology, Flight Planning and Performance
Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Knowledge, Human Performance
You have to pass all 9 exams within the following constraints:
● You have 18 months from the date of your first attempt to pass all 9 exams;
● You have 3 attempts to pass each subject;
● You have six sittings to pass all exams.
NB: A sitting is defined as attending an examination centre for the purpose of taking one or more exams and can last for a period of up to ten days. It is therefore no longer possible to study and then sit individual exams since this would require at least nine sittings.
We are recommending the following approach for PPL students:-
Study and sit 3 exams at each sitting;
Any re-sit constitutes a new sitting, so failed papers should only be re-sat along with new subjects;
Probably the best strategy is to tackle the subjects in the order of the 3 groups as laid out above.
Under EASA rules which came into effect on 1st September 2013, PPL (H) students need to complete a structured course of training covering the syllabus of the 9 subjects comprising of a minimum of 100 hours.
The Aeromega Helicopters structured course is specified in the company’s PPL (H) Training Manual, but broadly, it requires completion of the following:
Aeromega students are recommended to enrol on its branded PPL (H) online course. This course keeps track of time spent studying and ensures that the whole syllabus is covered.
Prior to each sitting, students are required to spend one hour of one-to-one groundschool with an Aeromega Instructor, who will assess the candidate’s knowledge and verify that they have completed the required modules of the online course.
Candidates who do not wish to use the online course may study from other published material such as the AFE or Trevor Thom range of books.