Private Pilots Licence PPL(H)

If you are thinking of taking helicopter lessons, you need to start working towards the Private Pilot’s Licence or PPL(H). This is a licence which entitles you to fly a helicopter for your own personal use; either for business or pleasure.  You may carry passengers but not for reward.

This page is intended to provide basic guidance about the PPL(H). Once you have absorbed the information, please contact us to discuss the course further or to arrange an appointment. Please also read our Considering a PPL(H)? page.

PPL (H) Requirements

The minimum course requirements must be met in full and include:

  • Minimum 45 hours flying instruction
  • Pass the ground examinations, listed below
  • Hold an EASA Class 2 medical
  • Obtain a Radio Telephony (R/T) Licence
There is no maximum age, but we require you to be at least 16 before you can start training. Licence holders must be at least 17 years of age. Some other restrictions will also apply.

Flight Training

The course consists of 31 flight exercises, these are split into two categories: General Handling and Navigation.

Of the minimum 45 hours required, the following must be achieved:

  • 25 hours dual instruction
  • 10 hours solo (minimum 5 hours cross country to include one qualifying cross country flight of at least 100 nautical miles, stopping at 2 other aerodromes)

Ground Examinations

Whilst the exams are not particularly difficult, they do require some well directed self-study. The contents of the exams are highly relevant to you becoming a safe and proficient pilot. We will guide you on the acquisition of books and equipment. Some one to one tuition with your instructor is available by arrangement. The examination questions are of a multiple-choice format and the pass mark for each exam is 75%.

The subjects are as follows:

  • Air Law & ATC Procedures
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Principles of Flight (Helicopter)
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation

Medical Requirements

Before going solo it is required that you hold a Class 2 EASA recognised aviation medical certificate.

The Class 2 medical is for a private flying licence (PPL) and can be conducted by any UK AME (Authorised Medical Examiner). Your nearest AME can be found at the CAA.

Skill Test

On completion of your flying training you are required to undertake a flight test with an EASA approved examiner. This is a formal endorsement of what your instructor should already think about your competence as a pilot i.e. you are now ready to hold a licence.

We have a panel of several nominated EASA approved examiners who will conduct your skill test.


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