Light Helicopter Pilot’s License LAPL(H)

Privileges and conditions

A LAPL (H) will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on single engine helicopters with a maximum take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, with no more than 4 persons on board.

Your privileges will be limited to the type and class of helicopter you took your skill test on unless you complete additional training. See the extension of privileges to another type or variant section of this page.

To fly a non-EASA helicopter you need a PPL(H) licence because you cannot attach a type rating for a non EASA helicopter to an EASA licence. You can then attach the relevant type rating for that helicopter to your licence.

Experience requirements and crediting

If you do not already hold a licence, you will need to complete 40 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, including at least:

  • 35 hours on the type of helicopter that is used for the skill test
  • 20 hours of dual flight instruction
  • 10 hours of supervised solo flight, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight of a least 150km (80NM), during which one full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made

Apart from the practice, theoretical training also has to be held – the same for LAPL(H) and PPL(H), carried out in parallel or before commencing flight training. It includes 12 hours of lectures and 88 hours of self-study with the help of publications, educational materials created by Helipoland and instructors who will be happy to explain any issues indicated.

After completing the theoretical training, 9 theoretical examinations must be passed at the seat of the Civil Aviation Office, which usually takes one to three days. The rules for passing examinations and the exam session plan for a given year can be found here (link).

List of theoretical examinations (link).

All training ends with a practical exam with an examiner of the Civil Aviation Office (usually less than 2 hours of flight), which takes place at the agreed airport, in Helipoland helicopter. The current list of practical examiners can be found here (link).

Getting a LAPL(H) if you have an existing licence

If you have a relevant current rating on another type of licence for helicopters and you are applying for a LAPL(H) you will not have to do any additional training or skill tests. If your rating has lapsed you will need to complete the LAPL skill test.

Keeping your licence current, and what to do if you don’t meet the requirements

The privileges of your licence will remain valid for the specific type of aircraft if you have:

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Completed the following in the last 12 months as pilot of that type:

  • At least 6 hours flight time as PIC, including 6 take-offs, approaches and landings; and
  • Refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor.

If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:

  • Complete a proficiency check on the specific type with an examiner before you exercise the privileges of the licence; or
  • Complete the additional flight time or take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or solo, under the supervision of an instructor.

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If you are thinking about obtaining a LAPL(H) pilot license, but you are not sure if the sky-high adventure is for you, take advantage of our familiarization flights, this is great opportunity to try Yourself in the cockpit with an option of taking some passengers with You.

Training for the LAPL(H) license in Helipoland will take place on Robinson R 44, which is the most popular helicopter in the world, especially in civil aviation. He is particularly appreciated for his economy and the fact that it is controlled gently and lightly, which provides incredible impressions and views. You will learn about many other advantages of this agile machine during classes in Helipoland.

Price of training on the R 44 helicopter: from 17,000 EUR (price for people with appropriate documented aviation experience)

Regulations related to Flight Crew Licensing contained in consolidated document:

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 from 3 November 2011 with further changes

An extract from the above provisions regarding LAPL(H) can be found inside.