FAQs

Q?

What is the difference between part 61 and 141?

A.

Part 61 is the most commonly used due to its flexibility. Part 141 is a program used by Veterans under their educational benefits.

Q?

I already have a fixed wing (airplane) pilot’s license. What are the requirements I need to get my helicopter pilot license?

A.

Flying a helicopter (rotor-wing) is aerodynamically different from flying an airplane (fixed-wing) aircraft. The navigation, weather and FAA rules are mostly the same however.

30 Hours Minimum Flight Time Required

15 Hours Dual

10 Hours Solo

5 Hours additional Dual/Solo

6 Hours Cross Country (3 dual / 3 solo)

3 Hours Dual Night Flight

Takeoffs and Landings in Airport Traffic Areas

Q?

What can you do with a Commercial license you can’t do with a Private pilot license?

A.

The major distinction is that only pilots with a Commercial license can charge for services. Private pilots are allowed to share the costs of the operational expenses for the flight but they must pay an amount equal to what the passenger contributes.

Q?

What are the Federal examination requirements necessary to obtain a private helicopter pilots license, in order of occurrence?

A.

Flight Physical (required before solo flight)

Written Test (administered by F.A.A. - 60 multiple choice questions)

Oral Test (given by a F.A.A. examiner - approx. 1.5 hours)

Flight Test (given by same F.A.A. examiner - approx. 1.0 hours)

Q?

What are the physical requirements to get a Commercial helicopter pilot’s license?

A.

Seventeen is the minimum age required to obtain a private pilot license. There is no maximum age limitation or restriction. Applicants must be in good general health, with eyesight correctable to 20/20 and normal color vision.

The same as a private license and:

  • 150 Hours of Flight Time Required
  • 20 Hours of Dual Instruction
  • 110 Hours Pilot in Command/Solo
  • 30 Hours additional Dual/Solo

Q?

What are the physical requirements to receive a Private helicopter pilot’s license?

A.

Seventeen is the minimum age required to obtain a private pilot license. There is no maximum age limitation or restriction. Applicants must be in good general health, with eyesight correctable to 20/20 and normal color vision.

40 Hours Minimum Flight Time Required

20 Hours Dual

10 Hours Solo

6 Hours Cross Country (3 dual / 3 solo)

3 Hours Dual Night Flight

Takeoffs and Landings in Airport Traffic Areas

Q?

How long will it take me to get my private rotocraft pilot’s license?

A.

At least one hour of flight time per week is recommended, so that you may more readily establish a continual learning environment from which you can become thoroughly familiarized with the aircraft and its' systems. As your level of skill increases, and you begin to feel more comfortable with your command of the helicopter, you may choose to log additional time and accelerate the pace of your personal program. All operations at Horizon Helicopters, Inc. are supported by a fully equipped and staffed maintenance facility, for your safety and convenience.

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