Course Title: FAR 141 Private Pilot Certification Course – Helicopter

When learning to fly helicopters, the private pilot helicopter certificate is the foundation of a pilot’s helicopter training. It allows you to fly any helicopter up to 12,500 pounds. Private pilots may fly for pleasure and carry passengers, but not for hire. All other certificates and ratings build off the private pilot certificate. If you already hold an airmen’s certificate in another aircraft category and type, please see our Additional Ratings courses for more information about what is required for an add-on rating.

The FAR 141 private pilot helicopter course requires a minimum of 35 flight hours and 35 hours of ground instruction. A minimum 30 of the flight hours will be with an instructor and 5 hours will be solo. Completion time of the private pilot certificate depends on the frequency of training. Students training 3-5 days per week can complete the private program in 8-10 weeks. Students who train less frequently will expect to take more time to achieve their certificate. Upon completion of this course the student can move onto the next phase of our pilot program if they seek advanced professional certification.

The private pilot helicopter flight training program is part of Group 3 Aviation’s coordinated syllabus, which is designed to incorporate the learning of aeronautical knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to in-flight training. The private pilot course syllabus is made up of 3 stages, with each stage requiring a written exam and stage check flight with our chief flight instructor. Each phase follows a planned progression incorporating academic studies and flight training in the aircraft.

Group 3 Aviation’s training is tailored to obtain the competence level required to operate in complex airspace and develop decision-making skills to handle the area’s changeable weather conditions. Students will be trained to deal with real-life situations that will enhance their confidence and piloting abilities. This training provides a high degree of flexibility for adapting to the individual student’s needs and experience.

Ground instruction supplemented by textbook assignments and video presentations includes:

  • Principles of flight
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft flight manual
  • Aircraft systems and performance
  • Aerodynamics
  • Flight planning
  • Federal aviation regulations
  • Aeronautical decision making

In-flight training incorporates:

  • Required maneuvers
  • Cross-country flights
  • Night flying
  • Day and night emergency procedures
  • Radio communications

Basic FAA Requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Read, speak, write and understand English.
  • Obtain FAA medical certificate
  • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of flight time.
  • Pass an FAA knowledge test
  • Pass an FAA oral and flight test

Enrollment Prerequisites:

Enrolling students must possess at least a third class FAA medical certificate (which is your student pilot certificate), or be a rated pilot in another category/class prior to beginning the flight training portion of this course.

Private Rotorcraft / Helicopter Certification Course Costs in Schweizer 300CBi

Course prices based on FAA minimums.  Optional training available in Robinson R44.

  • 30 Hours Dual Flight Instruction: $14,100
  • 5 Hours PIC Solo Flight Training: $1,925
  • 35 Hours Ground Instruction: $2,450
  • Total: $18,475

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books and Materials: $380
  • FAA Knowledge Test: $155
  • FAA Oral & Flight Exam: $750
  • 2 Hour Helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $770
  • Group 3 Rental Deductible Waiver – 1 Year: $700
  • Total: $2,755

Due to the unpredictable cost of aviation fuel, Group 3 Aviation incorporates a variable hourly aircraft fuel surcharge rate. This allows for an adjustment to your course price based on the actual pump price of our fuel purchases. The flight costs estimated do not include fuel surcharges. All rates are based on the block rates. The rates are wet with fuel covered up to $4.00 per gallon and surcharges are applied past this fuel rate.

Additional Estimated costs – Costs for books are estimated and are purchased online.

Robinson R22/R44 students must meet SFAR73 2(a)3(i-iv) Awareness Training requirements prior to manipulating the flight controls. A Rental Deductible Waiver is required for rental of Group 3 Aviation helicopters when a company flight instructor is not aboard. Waivers can be purchased through Group 3 Aviation. The cost for Schweizer 300 CBi is $700 for a 1 year waiver and hourly rate waivers are also available. This includes rental of aircraft for solo flights during flight training and practical exams. The waiver covers the 10% aircraft hull insurance deductible in the event of an accident and does not protect you from liability.

Rental of aircraft for the practical flight exam or “check ride” can be up to 2.0 hours but average is about 1.5 hours of flight time during a flight exam.

Designated Pilot Examiner (commonly referred to as a DPE) is a senior pilot designated by the FAA to conduct oral examinations and inflight or flight simulator check rides (collectively called “practical tests”) with pilot applicants to determine their suitability to be issued a Pilot Certificate or additional rating on their Pilot Certificate. Group 3 has a DPE on staff and can also arrange a check ride with the other DPE’s for CFI and CFII courses or if staff DPE is unavailable.

FTD – Group 3 Aviation’s training equipment includes the FAA Approved Frasca TruFlite-H Flight Training Device for helicopters.

Rates current as of 9/21/2015

Required Books:

  • Pilot Operating Handbook for Aircraft Model [Schweizer 300CBi, Robinson R44]
  • Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
  • FAA Aviation Weather
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight
  • FAR/AIM Current
  • ASA Prepware: Private Pilot current edition
  • ASA Practical Test Standards for Private Pilot Rotorcraft
  • Airport/Facility Directory – California Current Edition

Required Pilot Supplies:

  • E6B Flight Computer [Manual]
  • Flight Plotter [Rotational style]
  • Standard Pilot Logbook
  • Flashlight with red and white light features
  • Ultimate Knee-Board

Aeronautical Charts:

  • Los Angeles Sectional
  • Los Angeles Terminal
  • Los Angeles Helicopter Route Chart

Other Equipment:

Group 3 Aviation equips each helicopter with David Clark headsets at no extra cost. However, we recommend pilots purchase their own headset for personal use and comfort. We recommend either Bose or David Clark headsets for our helicopters.