Helicopter Add-On

If you are an airplane pilot and would like a helicopter certificate, you do not need to take a written test for the Private, Commercial, Instrument, or CFI/CFII add-on. The flight training hour requirements are less, and since you are already a pilot, less ground school is needed.

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Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

To be eligible for a Private Pilot Helicopter Add-On, a person must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 30 flight hours, which must include a minimum 20 hours of dual flight and a minimum 10 hours of solo flight
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Pass FAA practical examination

Average course completion time: 3-6 weeks

Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

To be eligible for a Commercial Helicopter Add-On, a person must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 55 flight hours, which must include a minimum 20 hours of dual flight and a minimum 35 hours of solo flight
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Pass FAA practical examination

Average course completion time: 4-6 weeks

Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

To be eligible for a Instrument Helicopter Add-On, a person must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 15 hours of instrument flight in a helicopter
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Pass FAA practical examination

Average course completion time: 4-6 weeks

Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

To be eligible for a CFI Helicopter Add-On, a person must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 15 hours of dual flight in a helicopter
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Pass FAA practical examination

Average course completion time: 3-5 weeks

Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

To be eligible for a CFI – Instruments Helicopter Add-On, a person must:

  • Obtain a minimum of 15 hours of dual flight in a helicopter
  • Complete Ground School (Approximately 10 hours)
  • Pass FAA practical examination

Average course completion time: 1-3 weeks