Light Helicopter Pilot’s License LAPL(H)

Whether you intend to take it to commercial level, or simply want to fly for pleasure, the LAPL(H) might be the first step in making it all happen. ATO  has an outstanding reputation in LAPL(H) skills test pass rates and a well respected track record in training helicopter pilots right the way through from ab-initio to commercial pilot and flight instructor. If you’re not sure about your feeling with flying career or being a private pilot, why not book onto introductory flight to get a taste of what it’s all about.

Courses run throughout the country, but we strongly encourage you to take training in our airports basis in Kaniow and Bielsko-Biala, because the proximity of the mountains and at the same time the major conurbations and airports abroad is the best possible solution for the best master the art of flying and also experience an extraordinary adventure in aviation. 

So what can you do once you have your LAPL(H)? The qualification itself allows you to fly any specific type of helicopter to a maximum certified take off mass 2000 kg and maximum 3 passengers that it is recognized throughout Europe (for every single helicopter type rating brief training is needed – 5 hours of flight training for single engine helicopters and 8 hours for twin engine helicopters). You can fly for fun, taking your friends or family out to lunch at a stately hotel, or fly off for a romantic getaway. There are also many other options; you can progress onto flying larger machines, obtain a night qualification, get an instrument rating, or study for your commercial or instructor ratings. Making international flights within the Schengen area is free after passing an examination of English language according to ICAO standards and securing an entry of minimum fourth level of linguistic competence in the license (ICAO level 4).

The course leading to the award of a LAPL(H) consists of flight and ground instruction, designed so the pilot under training is given the experience, the competence in flying and the knowledge of Aviation technical matters necessary to pass the flight test and the ground examinations to the standard required by current regulations.

The most popular on the World Robinson R44 is our main training helicopter, a fantastic aircraft which is light on the controls, highly maneuverable and of course great fun.

Light Helicopter Pilot’s License LAPL(H) – to gain your license you need to:

* Complete a minimum 100 hours of ground training (minimum 10 hours of lectures, 90 hours can be self-education)
* Complete a minimum of 40 hours flight training (including 10 hours solo flight)
* Pass 9 multiple choice ground exams in front of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)
* Obtain a class 1 or 2 medical certificate
* Obtain a radiotelephony certificate based on passed theoretical exams in front of CAA
* Pass a flight test (about 1 hour 45 minutes of flight)

**Minimum age to begin the LAPL(H) course is 16 and to obtain the license – 17

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Helicopter pilot license LAPL (H) – important regulations

FCL.105.H LAPL(H) — Privileges
The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for helicopters are to act as PIC on single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2 000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board.

FCL.135.H LAPL(H) — Extension of privileges to another type or variant of helicopter
(a) The privileges of an LAPL(H) shall be limited to the specific type and variant of helicopter in which the skill test was taken. This limitation may be removed when the pilot has completed:
(1) 5 hours of flight instruction, including:
(i) 15 dual take-offs, approaches and landings;
(ii) 15 supervised solo take-offs, approaches and landings;
(2) a skill test to demonstrate an adequate level of practical skill in the new type. During this skill test, tht applicant shall also demonstrate to the examiner an adequate level of theoretical knowledge for the other type in        the following subjects:
— Operational procedures,
— Flight performance and planning,
— Aircraft general knowledge.
(b) Before the holder of an LAPL(H) can exercise the privileges of the licence in another variant of helicopter than the one used for the skill test, the pilot shall undertake differences or familiarisation training, as determined in the operational suitability data established in accordance with Part-21. The differences training shall be entered in the pilot’s logbook or equivalent record and signed by the instructor.

FCL.140.H LAPL(H) — Recency requirements
(a) Holders of an LAPL(H) shall only exercise the privileges of their licence on a specific type when they have completed on helicopters of that type in the last 12 months:
(1) at least 6 hours of flight time as PIC, including 6 take-offs, approaches and landings; and
(2) refresher training of at least 1 hour total flight time with an instructor.
(b) Holders of an LAPL(H) who do not comply with the requirements in (a) shall:
(1) pass a proficiency check with an examiner on the specific type before they resume the exercise of the privileges of their licence; or
(2) perform the additional flight time or take-offs and landings, flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor, in order to fulfil the requirements in (a)