Helicopter Commercial Pilot Course

The commercial helicopter license is a must for anyone that would like to be paid for flying. The commercial helicopter course is the second step in flying helicopters as a career.  Parts of the commercial helicopter course can be completed at the same time as the in Helicopter Instrument Rating (IFR) course.  Although you can obtain a commercial helicopter license without an IFR rating, most employers prefer to hire an IFR qualified pilot. The cost of the helicopter commercial rating is listed on our pricing page. For those pilots that are interested in flying helicopters for a career, please review our Professional Helicopter Pilot Program

Eligibility Requirements for the Commercial Helicopter Pilot rating

The following items are a summary of the eligibility requirements listed in 14 CFR Part 61.123 for obtaining a Commercial Helicopter Pilot license.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
  • Pass a written knowledge test
  • Receive flight training
  • Meet the aeronautical experience listed below
  • Pass a practical test (i.e. a Checkride)
  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate

Aeronautical Experience for the Commercial Helicopter Pilot rating

The following items are a summary of the aeronautical experience requirements listed in 14 CFR Part 61.129 for obtaining a Commercial Helicopter Pilot license.
  • At least 150 hours of total flight time
  • At least 100 hours of total flight time in powered aircraft
  • At least 50 hours in helicopters
  • At least 100 hours of pilot in command time
  • At least 35 hours of pilot in command time in a helicopter
  • At least 10 horns of pilot in commend in cross country flight in a helicopter
  • At least 20 hours to flight training
  • At least 10 hours of solo flight time
During the training, there are specific flight requirements to complete, such as cross country, night flights, etc.

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Questions

With a commercial rating you can be compensated for flying a helicopter.  You can be paid to be a company or personal owner.  The most common first job is conducting helicopter tours and/or being a flight instructor, assuming you also get your helicopter flight instructor rating.  As you get flight hours, there are additional job opportunities, at 500 hours you are eligible to fly VFR charterer under part 135, at 1200 hours you are eligible to fly IFR chargers under part 135, assuming you have your IFR rating. 

If you trained with us, we will assist you in getting a job.  However, we cannot guarantee a job.

Yes.  The helicopter commercial rating required 150 total time, with 50 hours minimum in a helicopter, among a few other requirements.  The specific aeronautical experience for becoming a commercial helicopter pilot is outlined in 14 CFR 61.129.