PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATE

Course Description

The Private Pilot certificate is the first step toward your career as a helicopter pilot. This program focuses on Federal Aviation Regulations, helicopter aerodynamics and systems, emergency procedures, basic maneuvers, aeronautical decision-making and scenario-based training at high altitude. Upon completing the program and passing your final checkride, you will hold a certificate to act as pilot in command of a helicopter and carry passengers, but not for compensation or hire.  

Estimated Tuition to Meet FAA Minimums – $16,000

  • 35 Ground Hours
  • 40 Flight Hours

Program Requirements
  • Be at least 17 years of age by the time of the practical test
  • Be able to read, write, speak, and understand English
  • Hold a 3rd Class Medical
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • 40 hours of flight time, including 20 hours of flight training and 10 hours of solo flight in a helicopter
  • Pass a final checkride with an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, consisting of an oral exam and flight check.

Please note that although the minimum is 40 hours, most students require at least 50-60 hours to complete this program. You should take this into consideration while budgeting for your training.

Training Materials
  • FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook
  • FAA Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight (W.J. Wagtendonk)
  • ASA Private Pilot Test Prep
  • ASA Private Pilot Oral Exam Guide
  • ASA Practical Test Standards
  • San Francisco Sectional Chart
  • Chart Supplement – Southwest
  • E6B Flight Planning Computer & Plotter
  • Laptop or Tablet with Wi-Fi capability (you will need to access videos, PDFs, and other instructional materials)  
  • Optional: Apple & Android portable device – training and reference applications

Tours & Charters

(530) 214-0711

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Helicopter Academy

(415) 379-0021
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Turin Alps European Branch

+39 (340) 283-2051
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Truckee Airport

12219 Business Park Drive Ste 12, Truckee, CA 96161

South Lake Tahoe Airport

1901 Airport Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Rio Vista Airport

3000 Bauman Road, Suite C
Rio Vista, CA 94571

Turin Alps European Branch

Via San Francesco D’Assisi 22
Turin, 10121 Italy

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