FAA Training Requirements: Part 91

Minimum Helicopter Flight Requirements: For Private Pilot Rating

 * Approx cost of training based on FAA 40 hour minimum is $22,000.00
* Block Rate may be purchased to reduce cost to $19,600.00

1) 40 hours of total flight time

2) 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor

3) 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter

4) 3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter that includes

5) One cross-country flight of over 50 nautical miles, and

6) 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop

7) 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter,

8) 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter, consisting of at least

9) 3 hours cross-country time;

10) One solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight being a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations; and

11) Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower.

Minimum requirements for a commercial Pilot Certificate – Part 91:

*Approx cost of training is $60,000.00
*Block rate purchase will reduce cost to $53,900.00

1) Pass a written test given by the FAA.

2) Fulfill the minimum requirements of helicopter flight time and training specified by the FAA.

3) Pass an oral, and flight test given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

4) 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 –

– 35 hours in helicopters

– 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters

– 20 hours of training on areas of operation listed in the flight proficiency requirements (see below) that includes at least:

1. 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft.

2. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.

3. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.

4. 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the test (check ride).

5. 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter which includes at least:

– 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.

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

Instrument Rating

*Based on $550 per flight hour
*Block rate will reduce cost to $490 per hour

Helicopter lessons prerequisites:
1. Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an aircraft category and class rating that applies to the instrument rating sought.
2. Be able to read, speak write and understand the English language.

Steps to get a IR(H):

1. Pass a written test given by the FAA.
2. Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and training specified by the FAA.
3. Pass an oral, and flight test given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

Minimum requirements for a IR(H) – Part 91:

1) Have logged at least 50 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command, of which at least 10 hours must be in helicopters for an instrument-helicopter rating.

2) Have a total of 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time including:

– at least 15 hours of instrument flight training from an authorized instructor in the aircraft category for which the instrument rating is sought.

– at least 3 hours of instrument training that is appropriate to the instrument rating sought from an authorized instructor in preparation for the practical test (check ride) within the 60 days preceding the date of the test.

– Instrument training specific to helicopters on cross-country flight procedures that includes at least one cross-country flight in a helicopter that is performed under IFR and consists of:

1. A distance of at least 100 nautical miles along airways or ATC-directed routing.

2. An instrument approach at each airport.

3. Three different kinds of approaches with use the of navigation systems.

Prerequisites:

1) Hold at least a current private pilot certificate with an aircraft category and class rating that applies to the instrument rating sought.

2) Be able to read, speak write and understand the English language.

Steps to get a IR(H):

1. Pass a written test given by the FAA.

2. Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and training specified by the FAA.

3. Pass an oral, and flight test given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

Certified Flight Instructor Rotorcraft/Helicopter

*Based on $550 per flight hour
*Block rate will reduce cost to $490 per hour

As a new pilot, a great way to continue your education while gaining valuable flight hours is to become a certified flight instructor.

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for a Certified Flight Instructor Rating a person must:

– Hold either a Commercial Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

– Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination.

– Obtain at least 3 hours of helicopter instruction and any necessary as to be proficient to pass the FAA flight examination.

FAA MINIMUM:

3 Hours

Dual:

Approx 10 hours

Ground School:

Approx 15 hours


– Two part FAA written exam

– Books & supplies

– FAA examiner fee

– FAA flight test

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating (CFII)

*Based on $550 per flight hour
*Block rate will reduce cost to $490 per hour

A Certified Flight Instructor for Instrument allows you to teach Instrument to students and better further your career, in addition to staying current on Instrument flying. Being a CFII also makes you more versatile and valuable to any perspective employer.

FAA Requirements:
To be eligible for a Certified Flight Instructor Rating a person must:

1) Hold a Commercial/ Instrument Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

2) Pass a FAA written, oral and flight examination.

3) Hold an CFI Helicopter Rating.

4) Obtain at least 3 hours of helicopter instruction and any necessary as to be proficient to pass the FAA flight examination.

FAA MINIMUM:

3 Hours 

Dual:

Approx 10 hours

Ground School:

Approx 6 hours


– FAA written exam

– Books & supplies

– FAA examiner fee

– FAA flight test

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Add-On (CFII)

*Based on $550 per flight hour
*Block rate will reduce cost to $490 per hour

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for a CFI-Instrument Add-On (Helicopter) a person must:

– Hold a Commercial/ Instrument Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate.

– Hold an CFI Helicopter Rating.

– Pass a FAA written, oral and flight examination.

– Obtain 15 hours of helicopter instruction.

FAA MINIMUM:

15 Hours

Dual:

Approx 15 hours

Ground School:

Approx 10 hours

– FAA written exam

– Books & supplies

– FAA examiner fee

– FAA flight test