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Helicopter Commercial License

Do you want to become a career helicopter pilot?

The commercial helicopter license allows you to fly for compensation. During this course you will become more skilled pilot.


The commercial certificate allows you to fly for hire. Exactly what you have been dreaming of the entire time you’ve been going through your training. With the privilege of the commercial certificate also comes with greater responsibility due to the fact that you are now able to fly passengers. Also, with this added responsibility you will have new regulations you will have to learn as well as how to better accommodate your customers while maintaining flight safety.

Although you have now accomplished one of your goals, many companies will not hire you without around 1,000 hours of flight time. At this stage in the game, you probably only have around 200 hours. Therefore, in order to build your flight time, many people will become instructors to make their resume looks better while proving they’re dedicated to the industry and have been given the opportunity to teach others how to fly and accomplish their dreams.

We will let people people use the advanced courses in order to build your time towards the 150 hour requirement for Commercial. After you earn your commercial pilot license, the next rating to attain is the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating.

Commercial License Requirements:
  • 150 hours of flight time
  • 18 years old
  • Hold a private pilot certificate or equivalent
  • Must be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Our course is broken down into three progressive stages designed to guide you through the training requirements of the commercial helicopter pilot.

If you have already started your commercial training and you’re looking at switching to US Aviation Academy, give us a call so we can provide you with a customized quote.

Stage One

Ground Objective

During the ground lessons of this stage, the student will review the knowledge areas required for commercial pilot certification and learn the additional procedures and maneuvers applicable to commercial pilot certification, specifically the 180° autorotation, confined area operations, and pinnacle/platform operations.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage the student will review those maneuvers required for private pilot certification with emphasis placed on student performance of the maneuvers within commercial pilot proficiency standards. The student also is introduced to several additional maneuvers required for commercial pilot certification, including the 180° autorotation, confined area operations, and pinnacle/ platform operations.

Stage Two

Ground Objective

During the ground lessons of this stage, the student will review basic navigation including pilotage and dead reckoning, and radio navigation using VOR, ADF, and advanced navigation equipment, such as GPS. The student also will review the physiological factors which can affect both pilot and passengers during flight. In addition, preflight planning for cross-country flights and the decision making process will be reviewed.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage, the student will expand upon the skills learned in the previous stage and increase proficiency in cross-country and night flying operations. The student will perform many flights to increase skill in navigation and operating at unfamiliar airports.

Stage Three

Ground Objective

During the ground lessons of this stage, the student will review the Helicopter Pilot Manual, Pilot’s Operating Handbook, and the FAR/AIM in preparation for the final exam.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage, the student will practice previously learned maneuvers to gain commercial level proficiency in preparation for the final stage check.

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