Pilot licences

Flying starts with a good grounding. To pilot a helicopter it’s a necessity to have a licence, whether you’re a private or a professional pilot. The first level is the Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Only then are you ready for the next step, to train up to become a professional pilot and receive the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). ATPL allows you the possibility to fly larger helicopters, where two crew members are required.

For the professional pilot licenses we offer two methods to reach your aspirations in the air. There’s an integrated course, following a full-time class-based structure. Or, a modular programme, allowing you to train and study individually, at your own pace. As you would expect, all licences require specific medical examinations and a language test, which is normally in English.

Private Pilot Licence

What’s your goal? Mastery of the skies? Become a professional pilot? Whatever the reason, the aim of the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is to provide you with the right stuff. The right knowledge, flying skills and airmanship. The basic requirements include a minimum of 45 hours of flying time and seven theory tests. These are followed by a final flying exam. For further information, check with one of our member academies.


Commercial Pilot Licence and Airline Transport Pilot Licence

Flying helicopters professionally is a serious undertaking. It requires a higher level of air skills, both in training and learning. Delving deeper into theoretical subjects. Flying many more hours. Either 135 hours for the integrated course, or 155 hours for the modular course. Why the difference? Because the integrated course allows you to skip the PPL stage. When you’ve completed the training and passed all the exams you’re ready to start your career as a professional pilot. With your CPL, you’ll be able to take charge of single-pilot helicopters. If you have the ATPL, you are on your path to command bigger helicopters.

Experienced pilots with a non-EASA licence looking for conversion to EASA have a rich choice between LHA member academies.


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