Commercial Pilot – Helicopter

The Commercial Pilot License is for students planning to fly or compensation or hire. The commercial training includes requirements in addition to the requirements for private pilot. This is the first step towards becoming a professional pilot.

commercial_pilot_01commercial_pilot_03commercial_pilot_02

To be eligible for a Helicopter Commercial Pilot Certificate, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold at least a Helicopter Private Pilot Certificate
  • Hold at least a current FAA Second Class Medical Certificate
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Obtain a minimum of 150 flight hours, which must include a minimum 40 hours of dual flight and a minimum 110 hours of solo/Pilot In Command flight
  • Pass FAA knowledge and practical examinations

Average course completion time: 3 to 6 months


§61.123 Eligibility requirements: General.

To be eligible for a commercial pilot certificate, a person must:

(a) Be at least 18 years of age;

(b) Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language. If the applicant is unable to meet one of these requirements due to medical reasons, then the Administrator may place such operating limitations on that applicant’s pilot certificate as are necessary for the safe operation of the aircraft.

(c) Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:

 (1) Conducted the required ground training or reviewed the person’s home study on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.125 of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and

 (2) Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test that applies to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

(d) Pass the required knowledge test on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.125 of this part;

(e) Receive the required training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who:

 (1) Conducted the training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought; and

 (2) Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test.

(f) Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this subpart that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the practical test;

(g) Pass the required practical test on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b) of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought;

(h) Hold at least a private pilot certificate issued under this part or meet the requirements of §61.73; and

(i) Comply with the sections of this part that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought.

§61.129 Aeronautical experience.

(c) For a helicopter rating. Except as provided in paragraph (i) of this section, a person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

 (1) 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.

 (2) 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least—

  (i) 35 hours in helicopters; and

  (ii) 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters.

 (3) 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in §61.127(b)(3) of this part that includes at least—

  (i) Five hours on the control and maneuvering of a helicopter solely by reference to instruments using a view-limiting device including attitude instrument flying, partial panel skills, recovery from unusual flight attitudes, and intercepting and tracking navigational systems. This aeronautical experience may be performed in an aircraft, flight simulator, flight training device, or an aviation training device;

  (ii) One 2-hour cross country flight in a helicopter in daytime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure;

  (iii) One 2-hour cross country flight in a helicopter in nighttime conditions that consists of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

  (iv) Three hours in a helicopter with an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

 (4) Ten hours of solo flight time in a helicopter or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a helicopter with an authorized instructor on board (either of which may be credited towards the flight time requirement under paragraph (c)(2) of this section), on the areas of operation listed under §61.127(b)(3) that includes—

  (i) One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and

  (ii) 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).