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.
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.
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).
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.
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