Commercial pilots licence CPL(h)

Flying a helicopter is exciting, challenging, empowering and just plain fun. For some people it’s the perfect job: an office that travels, a view that’s constantly changing and challenges that are exhilarating. The privilege of being a Commercial Pilot is that you get paid for flying.

Theoretical Courses and Examinations (Pass mark is 75%):


  • Radio Aids & Communication
  • Air Law (Helicopters)
  • Aircraft Technical & General (Helicopter Aerodynamics)
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Instruments
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation & Plotting
  • Flight Performance and Planning (H)

Requirements for a CPL:

Hold a valid PPL (H)

Be at least 18 years of age to obtain a CPL (H)

Class I Aviation Medical: BAC will arrange your Aviation Medical

Be able to read, speak, write and understand English (Proficiency level 4, 5 or 6).

General Radio Licence

Minimum 200 hrs flying time with 100 hrs as solo (PIC) flight time.

The time allowed to complete the CPL exams and flight time is the same as for the PPL – 18 months to complete the exams from the time you write and pass the first one and an additional 36 months to complete the flying time after the last exam is passed.

Useful Type Ratings to have on Qualifying:

  • RH44 Conversion
  • Night Ratings
  • Initial Turbine Conversion
  • Helicopter Flight Instructor Rating – Grade III*
  • Mountain Flying Course

Complete a minimum of 200 hrs helicopter flying time. This includes all the hours obtained from your PPL. The time spent accumulating these additional hours should be planned in advance so that they are used for your maximum benefit. The hours should be in some part dual (under instruction) in order to obtain a special rating or fly a different type of helicopter and the balance as Pilot in Command (PIC) where you fly on your own, gathering experience and knowledge and judgement. For the issue of a CPL, you will need a minimum of 100hrs solo (PIC) flight time. This is known as hour-building in the industry and is very important for your development as a pilot.



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