Helicopter Add-On

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

  • FAA Minimum – 30 hours
  • Dual – 20 hours
  • Solo – 10 hours
  • Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)
  • Books & supplies
  • FAA Examiner fee
  • FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 3 to 6 weeks

You are adding to you Commercial Fixed-Wing Rating, pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken an FAA written exam, will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

  • FAA Minimum – 55 hours
  • Dual – 20 hours
  • Solo – 35 hours
  • Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)
  • Books & supplies
  • FAA Examiner fee
  • FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks

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

  • Hold a Private Helicopter Certificate
  • Hold an Airplane Instrument Rating Pass
  • Take the FAA oral and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of instrument helicopter instruction
  • FAA Minimum – 15 hours
  • Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)
  • Books & supplies
  • Pay FAA Examiner fee

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks

To be eligible for a CFI Add-on a person must:

  • Hold either a Commercial Pilot Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate for Helicopter
  • Hold any other Category and class CFI rating
  • Pass FAA written, oral and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of instrument helicopter instruction
  • FAA Minimum – 15 hours
  • Dual – 15 hours
  • Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)
  • Books & supplies
  • FAA Examiner fee

Average course completion time: 3 to 5 weeks

To be eligible for a CFI-Instrument Add-on a person must:

  • Hold a Commercial/Instrument Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a CFI Helicopter Rating Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of helicopter instruction
  • Pass FAA written, oral and flight examination
  • FAA Minimum – 15 hours
  • Dual – 15 hours
  • Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)
  • Books & supplies
  • FAA Examiner fee

Average course completion time: 1 to 3 weeks