Private Pilot License Eligibility and Requirements

  • Age 16 to become a Student Pilot, 17 to become a Private Pilot – Rotorcraft.
  • Able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Pass a written knowledge test (multiple choice questions).
  • Receive flight training and logbook endorsements from an authorized Flight Instructor (Minimum 40 hrs flight time to include at least 30 hrs dual instruction and 10 hrs solo flight).
  • Meet certain experience requirements for example cross country and night flying.
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner.
  • Hold at least a Class 3 Medical Certificate.
  • Est cost $13-$15,000

 

A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

  1. 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.
  2. 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least -
    • 35 hours in helicopters
    • 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters
    • 20 hours of training on areas of operation listed in the flight proficiency requirements (see below) that includes at least
      1. 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft.
      2. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
      3. One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
      4. 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the test (check ride).
  3. 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter which includes at least.
    • One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
    • 5 hours of night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).