Private Pilots licence PPL(H)

Becoming a pilot is definitely a privilege and flying helicopters is like nothing else you have ever done or will ever do. Be it for leisure or the first step into your career as an aviator, this unforgettable journey will bring you memories and opportunities you’ll never forget.

The time that you take to complete the licence is dependent on your situation and whether you fly part time or full time. Once you have written and passed your first exam, you have 18 months to complete the rest of the exams. Once you have completed the exams, the CAA will allow a further 36 months to complete the flight training.

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

  • Radio Telephony: Restricted Radio Licence
  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General – Engines & Airframes
  • Human Performance
  • Helicopter Principal of Flights (Helicopter Aerodynamics)
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation
  • Flight Performance and Planning

Requirements for a PPL:

Be at least 16 years of age to fly solo

Be at least 17 years of age to obtain a PPL (H)

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

Class II Aviation Medical: BAC will arrange your Aviation Medical

For a PPL complete a minimum of 50hrs helicopter training instruction. This includes a minimum of 15hrs solo flight time.

Most people with no flying experience will take longer than the minimum 50 hours to complete the flying – on average 65 hours. We recommend that you study and write the exams alongside the practical flying in order to get the maximum benefit from ‘understanding based on personal experience’. The more often you fly, the better your muscle memory response and the quicker the inputs become instinctual.



Office 3, Virginia Airport

220 Fairways

Durban North, KZN


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Imbonini Helistop (Imbonini Park)

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Shakas Head, KZN


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