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Helicopter Private License

Have you ever been jealous of those traffic helicopters zipping over your car idling in traffic?

This is the first step in becoming a helicopter pilot.


This program is the beginning of your dream to become a helicopter pilot. There are many more advanced courses available after completing private, but everyone must start with the fundamentals.

To make aviation your career, you will need a commercial certificate, which lets companies hire you as a professional helicopter pilot. However, you can’t obtain this without a private certificate. Also, most companies won’t hire you without an instrument rating, so we recommend that you seek this rating after your private in order to build up your time to commercial. Check out our Commercial Pilot Certificate page for information on the fun things that await you during that training.

Although our 141 Approved Training Course requires only 35 hours of flight time, it typically takes someone about 50 hours to complete the private pilot training. When preparing for your training, a great place to start is the Helicopter Flying Handbook. This FAA Handbook provides the fundamentals of helicopter theory and will give you a basic understanding of helicopter operations for the private pilot.

Private License Requirements:
  • 17 years old
  • Must be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Third class medical certificate
  • Student Pilot Certificate

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

If you have already started your Private 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 be introduced to helicopters and become familiar with the aerodynamic principles of flight which affect their operation. The student will also obtain a basic knowledge of the safety of flight, airports and heliports, airspace, radio communications, and air traffic control services, including the use of radar. In addition, the student will learn how to predict performance and control weight and balance conditions of the helicopter. The student also will become familiar with the Federal Aviation Regulations as they apply to private pilot operations. Finally, the student will be introduced to meteorology for pilots.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage, the student becomes familiar with the training helicopter and learns how the helicopter controls are used to establish and maintain specific flight attitudes.

Stage Two

Ground Objective

During the ground lessons of this stage, the student will build on previous weather knowledge to learn how to procure weather information and interpret printed reports and graphic weather products. In addition, the student will learn about aeronautical charts, flight computers, pilotage, dead reckoning, and flight information sources. The student also will be introduced to VOR, ADF, and advanced navigation, including GPS.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage, the student will expand the skills learned in the previous stage. Introduction of maximum performance takeoffs and climbs, steep approaches, running/rolling takeoffs, shallow approaches, running/roll on landings, and slope operations prepare the student for conducting flights at a variety of airports and heliports. Through discussion sessions, the student will gain insight into emergency situations including retreating blade stall, dynamic rollover, ground resonance, low G conditions, and low RPM and blade stall.

Stage Three

Ground Objective

During the ground lessons of this stage, the student will gain an understanding of the physiological factors which can affect both pilot and passengers during flight. In addition, the student will learn how to conduct comprehensive preflight planning for cross-country flights and gain insight into factors affecting the decision-making process.

Flight Objective

During the flight lessons of this stage, the student will learn to conduct cross-country flights using pilotage, dead reckoning, and radio navigation. In addition, the student will learn how to conduct night operations safely.

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