Private Pilot

The FAA rating that allows you to fly helicopters for personal and recreational purposes.

Private Pilot

The Private Pilot License (PPL) allows you to act as pilot in command of a helicopter for personal and recreational purposes. Although the Private Pilot certificate does not allow you to fly for compensation or hire, it is the first step towards a career as a helicopter pilot, as subsequent ratings and licenses require it.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 17 years of age.
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • Hold a 3rd Class Medical.
  • 40 hours minimum helicopter flight time (including 20 hours flight training and 10 hours solo).
  • Pass a multiple choice knowledge exam – our TestPrep software covers all subjects in the test.
  • Pass a practical test with our on-site FAA Designated Pilot Examiner – oral exam and flight test.

Budgeting for Minimum vs. Average Hours

While the Private Pilot license requires a minimum of 40 hours, the average pilot requires 55-60 hours to be ready for the Private Pilot checkride.

Many people make the mistake of budgeting for the minimum amount of hours required by regulation. This can result in the need to find extra funding or the disappointment of not being able to complete the training.

To avoid this, we quote for 60 hours. No nasty surprises at the end, and most people end up with a little money left over.

Private Pilot Add-On

If you’re already an FAA-rated fixed wing Private Pilot, you can add Rotorcraft Helicopter to your existing pilots license. By doing so, you don’t need to take another FAA Knowledge Test, and the minimum hours required are reduced to 30 hours (20 hours dual instruction and 10 hours solo).

REQUIREMENTS

  • 17 years of age.
  • Hold a current FAA fixed wing Private Pilots license.
  • Hold a 3rd Class Medical.
  • Be able to read, write, speak and understand English.
  • 30 hours minimum helicopter flight time (including 20 hours flight training and 10 hours solo).
  • Pass a practical test with our on-site FAA Designated Pilot Examiner – oral exam and flight test.

Get a quick quote

Send us a message, and we’ll get back to you with a friendly, no-obligation quote for your Private Pilot helicopter license.

What’s Next?

Helicopter instrument panel

Right after your Private is a great time to work towards your Instrument Rating; you’re building the hours necessary for Commercial Pilot while adding a valuable rating to your resume.

ADDRESS

11550 Aviation Blvd, Suite 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33412

CONTACT

+1-561-625-1900
info@oceanhelicopters.com

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