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Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter)



Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter)

Requirements for a Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) are that the applicant must:

  • be 18 years or older;
  • Hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate issued in terms of Part 67;
  • Hold at least a valid general radiotelephony licence (aeronautical);
  • Hold or having held in the previous 60 months, a valid PPL(H);
  • Have a minimum of 200 hours flight time, which may include 30 hours flight instruction in a helicopter FSTD, including:
    • 100 hours as Pilot in Command;
    • 20 hours of cross country flight time as PIC, including one flight of minimum 150nm, with 2 full stop landings at different points away from base;
  • Have successfully completed the training as prescribed in Document SA-CATS-FCL 61 at an approved Part 141 ATO.
  • Have passed the theoretical knowledge examination as prescribed in Document SA-CATS-FCL 61.
  • Have undergone the skills test referred to in sub-regulation 61.04.4.
Students who choose to follow the route to the commercial pilot's licence are currently required to complete the SACAA syllabus, complete the required minimum flying experience, obtain a class I medical and a General Radio Telephony Operator's Certificate.

Practical Flying CPL

The minimum requirement for a commercial pilot's licence is 200hrs of total flying time of which a minimum of 100hrs must be logged as pilot in command.  Of course the exact breakdown and structure of a student's hour building will depend on the ratings to be completed.  A full time Commercial student should expect to take a minimum of 12 months to complete the Commercial Pilot's Licence from start to finish, however this is again dependant on the student's aptitude and dedication.


CPL(H) TRAINING SYLLABUS

Commercial Pilot Licence exercises
Exercise 1 Checklists, Vital actions, and drills Ratings for special purposes:
Exercise 2 Briefings
  • Night rating
  • Instrument rating
  • Flight Instructor's rating (helicopter)
  • Test pilot rating
  • Agricultural pilot rating
  • Helicopter sling load rating
  • Helicopter winch rating
  • Helicopter game or livestock cull rating
Exercise 3 Max Weight Take-offs & Limited Power
Exercise 4 Turns
Exercise 5 Precision Hovering
Exercise 6 Auto Rotations
Exercise 7 Confined Landing
Circuit Training
Exercise 8 Circuits and Landings Career Opportunities:
Exercise 9 Emergencies
  • Flight Instructor
  • Game Pilot
  • Charter Pilot
  • Fire fighting
  • Heli snow ski
  • Long line slinging
  • Offshore oilrigs
  • Tuna spotting
  • EMS rescue pilot
Exercise 10 Quick Stops & Tight Circuits
Exercise 11 Slope Landings & Take-offs
?Other?
Exercise 12 Other Costing Estimate
Exercise 13 Aviation Law questions Click here for a Costing estimate
Progressive Totals  
Checklist  


What you need to do?

1. Register  2. Pay deposit   3. Chest X-Ray    4. Flight Medical (with an approved South African Aviation Medical Examiner)

Accommodation: Students may take advantage of our live-in student accommodation which is situated a short distance from the flying school.
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