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Private Pilot Licence  

 

The Private Helicopter Pilot Licence allows the holder to fly as pilot in command of a helicopter and carry passengers.  Private pilots are not licensed to fly for hire or reward.  A private pilot may accept money for the purpose of sharing costs for fuel, oil and fees charged against the aircraft in respect of the flight. 

The “Enrolment“ page will guide you in starting your training program and provide you with a list of ground school supplies required for the course.

 

Requirements 

To obtain a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence, candidates with no previous flying experience must:

  • be seventeen years of age (training may commence prior to this age)
  • obtain a Category 3 Aviation Medical from a Transport Canada designated Medical Examiner
  • successfully complete a Regulations and procedures exam for the issue of a Student Pilot Permit
  • obtain a Restricted Radio Operators Permit – Aeronautical
  • accumulate 45 hours of flight time, of which:

           - 17 hours must be dual flight instruction

           - 12 hours must be solo flight practice

  • attend 40 hours of private ground school
  • achieve 60% on a written examination (PPHEL)
  • demonstrate English language proficiency during an oral exam
  • demonstrate proficiency on a Transport Canada practical flight test 

Candidates who hold a Private Aeroplane Pilot Licence must:

  • accumulate 30 hours of flight time, of which:

           - 17 hours must be dual flight instruction
           - 8 hours must be solo flight practice

  • attend 20 hours of private helicopter ground school
  • achieve 60% on Transport Canada written examination (PHRAC)
  • demonstrate proficiency on a Transport Canada practical flight test 

These flight times are Transport Canada minimum requirements. Experience has shown that 60 to 65 hours of flight training is required to meet the skill requirement for the issue of a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence. 

It will take approximately 8 weeks to complete training for the Private Pilot License.  This course may be completed in as little as 5 weeks if the candidate completes our 40-hour self study program prior to commencing training. 

 

Private Pilot Course Training Costs 

  • Flight Training (60 hrs on clients aircraft @ $295 hr): $17,700
  • Ground School (40 hrs): $2,400
  • Books and Materials: $500
  • Exams and licensing Fees: $260
  • Flight Test Fee: $800
  • Total Cost:  $21,660 + tax 

Note: 

If training is conducted away from our base, the client will be responsible for the cost of instructors travel, accommodation, and meals.