A Commercial Helicopter License, or certificate, is required to receive compensation for flight time (must meet certain conditions). The flights that qualify include, among other things, aerial photography, sight seeing flights (carrying passengers round trip to a point less than 25 nm from the point of departure), pipeline inspection, surveying, traffic reporting, firefighting, and air medical services.
Our commercial helicopter training course is for the student who holds a Private Pilot Certificate in Helicopter (rotorcraft). During this course, the student will develop all of the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete the Commercial Pilot Practical Test administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Upon obtaining this certificate, the individual will be certified to act as a commercial helicopter pilot for compensation. This course is a prerequisite for enrollment into the Certified Flight Instructor Course.
The ground component of commercial helicopter training will aid the student in gaining the knowledge necessary to operate safely as a Commercial Pilot within FAA guidelines. Areas of study will include the considerations of operating as a Commercial Pilot, including its privileges and limitations, and cockpit resource management. The student will also gain a more comprehensive understanding of the knowledge learned during Private Pilot training.
The flight component of the course will give the student the skills to perform advanced maneuvers, such as running takeoffs, pinnacle, and confined area operations, and will gain the skills necessary to operate the aircraft in off-airport environments. The student will also learn how to successfully respond to emergency situations by learning 180-degree auto-rotations, how to properly assess and respond to power limited landing situations.
The Part 61 Commercial Course includes:
This course is for the student who holds a Commercial Pilot License but does not have a helicopter/rotorcraft rating.
The Part 61 Add-On course includes: