Commercial Pilot’s License (Helicopter) – CPL(H)

Privileges and conditions

A CPL for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot in commercial operations on helicopters. For example it can be a job in Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), specialized air operations like power lines, gas pipes inspections or any other work as a helicopter pilot.

The exception to this is for holders of a PPL(H) with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be paid for the following:

  • Flight instruction
  • Conducting skill tests and proficiency checks

The above privileges are for the LAPL(H) or PPL(H) and any associated ratings and endorsements.

Experience requirements and crediting

Integrated training (minimum 135 hours of flight time + practical exam) for a CPL (H) license consisting of the following stages:

  • Theoretical training – it lasts for 350 hours (at least 65 hours of lectures, and the remaining hours can be self-learning from materials specially developed by us).
  • Practical training – 135 hours (including 50 hours of solo flight under supervision) for people without aviation experience or accordingly less for people with specific aviation experience according to information in the links at the bottom of this page.

OR

Modular training (minimum 185 hours of flight time + practical exam) for the CPL (H) license consisting of the following stages:

  • Training for PPL(H) license with practical exam (minimum 45 hours of flight).
  • Pilot practice to obtain 155 hours of flight experience from the moment the PPL(H) training commences, including a minimum of 50 hours of independent practice.
  • CPL(H) theoretical training – it lasts for 250 hours (at least 50 hours of lectures, and the remaining hours can be self-learning from specially developed materials)
  • CPL(H) Practical training – 35 hours of training with an instructor including night training or if the candidate has the VFR night privilege included in the PPL(H) license – 30 hours of flight training with an instructor.

Theoretical and practical training can be taken simultaneously

After completing the theoretical training, 13 theoretical examinations must be passed at the seat of the Civil Aviation Office, which has to be taken in maximum of 6 sessions, each of which is open for two weeks. 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).

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:

» Find out more about keeping Your licence current

In the last 12 months, performed the following air operations:

  • At least 2 hours as a pilot in the type of helicopter; and
  • A practical exam extending a specific type of helicopter in the license.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you must meet the requirements given below correspond to the requirements above:

  • Pass a skill test on a particular type of helicopter, taking a minimum of two hours of flight;
  • Take refresher training at an Approved Training Organization.

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If you are thinking about obtaining a CPL(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 CPL(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 48,000 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 CPL(H) can be found inside.