GBR Flight Training School – Helicopter Licence

Course Information

GBR Aviation’s Flight Training Centre offers a range of helicopter flight training services including;

  • Trial Instructional Flight (TIF)
  • Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Low Level Rating
  • Sling Endorsement for Low Level Rating
  • Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR) Rating
  • Single Engine Helicopter Class (SEHC) Rating
  • Gas Turbine Engine Design Feature Endorsement
  • Training and Helicopter Flight Review for additional helicopter type within the SEHC Rating
  • Helicopter Flight Review
  • Low Level Flight Review
  • NVFR Flight Review
  • PPL and CPL Theory Tuition
GBR Aviation’s Flight Training Centre currently conduct training under CAR Part 5 licencing rules. CAR 5 has been superseded by CASR Part 61. Flight Training organisations have until 31Aug18 to transition to CASR Part 61 under CASR Part 141/142.

Trial Instructional Flight (TIF)
A Trial Instructional Flight (TIF) is a great way to kick-start your helicopter flying journey. You will experience not only the fun and excitement of being airborne in the pilot’s seat of a helicopter for half an hour, but you’ll be able to actually fly the helicopter under the watchful eye of your instructor.

For those who are already sure they want to take the step and start flying training right away, a cost-effective option is to have a more detailed pre-flight briefing and jump straight into your first full flying lesson. You’ll be airborne for about an hour and will learn in more depth how to confidently control the helicopter using the techniques that will underpin all your future training.

Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) allows you to fly an aircraft weighing less than 1500 kg on a private flight by day in visual meteorological conditions (VMC), within 25 nautical miles (nm) of the aerodrome of departure. Within these (and a few other) restrictions, you can fly without needing instructor supervision, and carry a passenger.

To obtain an RPL, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Meet the English Language proficiency standard as per student flying.
  • If over 18, hold a current aviation security status check.
  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 aviation medical, or a recreational aviation medical certificate.
  • Pass an RPL theory examination (which can be set by your flight school).
  • Undergo flying training for the RPL.
  • Have at least 25 flying hours, including 20 hours dual and 5 hours solo.
  • Pass the RPL flight test.
An RPL holder may choose to undergo further training to obtain endorsement to fly cross-country, operate in controlled airspace and at controlled aerodromes, and to operate aircraft radios.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
A Private Pilot Licence entitles you to operate a helicopter in private operations only, for which you receive no payment or reward. This type of flying can encompass anything from recreation and personal transport, to going about work on a rural property or carry non fee-paying passengers.

To obtain a PPL, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be assessed as having at least Level 4 English Proficiency.
  • If over 18, hold a current aviation security status check.
  • Hold a Class 1 or 2 aviation medical.
  • Pass the CASA PPL theory examination (a single exam which covers the following subjects: Operations, Performance and Planning; Navigation; Aircraft General Knowledge; Aerodynamics; Human Factors; Meteorology; Flight Rules and Air Law).
  • Undergo flying training for the PPL.
  • Have at least the following flying hours.
    Type of Flying Minimum Hours
    Helicopter Total 50
    General Flying (Dual)* 20
    General Flying (Solo)* 10
    General Flying (Total) 35
    Navigation (Total) 15
    Navigation (Solo)* 6
    * Dual flying means flight with an instructor, solo flying is flight by yourself as pilot in command (PIC)
  • Pass the PPL flight test
The rate at which you progress through your flying training will depend on your individual aptitude, time and financial constraints (how often and how consistently you can fly), but most importantly, how much importantly, how much effort you put into your preparation, so the total time and cost to get your licence will vary. As a guide, though, a PPL is likely to cost around $35 000 including theory training, practical flying training and equipment.

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
A Commercial Pilot Licence allows you to be paid for flying work, so it's essential if you intend to make helicopter flying your career. While it's a big commitment, it opens the door to a world of possible flying jobs, from mustering cattle through to tourism, emergency rescue, flying instruction, exploration and survey and much more.

To obtain a CPL, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be assessed as having at least Level 4 English Proficiency.
  • Hold a Class 1 aviation medical.
  • Pass the CASA PPL theory examinations (7 separate exams covering the following subjects: Operations, Performance and Planning; Navigation; Aircraft General Knowledge; Aerodynamics; Human Factors; Meteorology; Flight Rules and Air Law).
  • Undergo flying training for the CPL.
  • Have at least the following flying hours.
    Type of Flying Minimum Hours
    Helicopter Total 125#
    General Flying (Dual)* 40
    General Flying (Solo)* 25
    Navigation (Total) 25
    Navigation (Solo)* 10
    # The 125 hours minimum may be reduced to 105 hours if the last 30 hours are flown within a 3 month period.
    * Dual flying means flight with an instructor, solo flying is flight by yourself as pilot in command (PIC)
  • Pass the CPL flight test
Again, your rate of progress will depend on your individual circumstances, but as a guide, a CPL is likely to end up costing you around $65 000.

Low Level Rating with Helicopter Low Level Endorsement
A low level rating with helicopter low level endorsement is required to conduct low level operations (operations below 500 ft AGL) in a helicopter with the exception of aerial mustering, sling operations and winch or rappelling operations (which are covered in separate low level rating endorsements).

To obtain a low level rating, you must:

  • Hold a private pilot licence (PPL), commercial pilot licence (CPL) or air transport pilot licence (ATPL) with Helicopter Category Rating.
  • Have at least 5 hours of dual flight in a helicopter while receiving training in low-level operations.
  • Undergo flying training for the rating/endorsement.
  • Pass the Low Level Rating flight test.

Sling Endorsement for Low Level Rating
A sling endorsement for low level rating is required to conduct sling operations in a helicopter. To obtain a sling endorsement for a low level rating, you must:

  • Hold a private pilot licence (PPL), commercial pilot licence (CPL) or air transport pilot licence (ATPL) with helicopter category rating.
  • Hold a low level rating with helicopter low level endorsement.
  • Undergo flying training for the endorsement.
  • Pass the Low Level Rating/endorsement flight test.

Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR) Rating
A Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR) rating is required to conduct flight at night under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) other than using night vision imaging systems or night aerial application operation below 500 ft AGL (which are covered in separate ratings).

To obtain a NVFR rating, you must:

  • Hold a private pilot licence (PPL), commercial pilot licence (CPL) or air transport pilot licence (ATPL) with helicopter category rating.
  • Have at least 10 hours of aeronautical experience at night in an aircraft including at least 5 hours of dual cross-country flight time at night under VFR in an aircraft. The dual cross-country flight time must comprise of at least 2 flights, each of which must include at least one landing at an aerodrome, other than the aerodrome from which the flight began, that is remote from extensive ground lighting.
  • Have at least 5 hours of aeronautical experience as pilot of a helicopter including at least 3 hours of dual flight and one hour of solo night circuits.
  • Have at least 3 hours of dual instrument time in a helicopter.
  • Undergo flying training for the rating/endorsement.
  • Pass the NVFR Rating flight test.

Single Engine Helicopter Class (SEHC) Rating
The single engine helicopter class (SEHC) rating is required to conduct operations in a single engine helicopter. The SEHC rating will usually be issued in conjunction with a helicopter pilot licence.

To obtain a SEHC rating, you must:

  • Hold a pilot licence with a helicopter category rating.
  • Undergo flying training for the rating.
  • Pass the aircraft class rating flight test.

Gas Turbine Engine Design Feature Endorsement
The gas turbine engine design feature endorsement is required to conduct operations in a helicopter with a gas turbine engine.

To obtain a gas turbine engine design feature endorsement, you must:

  • Hold a single engine helicopter class rating.
  • Undergo flying training for the endorsement.
  • Complete a helicopter flight review in a helicopter with a gas turbine engine (see Prescription of aircraft and ratings Schedule 14).

Training and Flight Review for additional helicopter type within the SEHC Rating
Before flying a new type of helicopter within the single engine helicopter class rating, training and a flight review is required (see Prescription of aircraft and ratings Schedule 14).

To add a new helicopter type to your single engine helicopter class rating, you must:

  • Hold a single engine helicopter class rating.
  • Undergo flying training for the helicopter type.
  • Complete a helicopter flight review in that helicopter type.

Helicopter Flight Review
A helicopter flight review is required for a pilot to exercise their class rating. A flight review is required every 24 months. The flight review will comprise of a ground component and a flight component.

Low Level Flight Review
A low level flight review is required for a pilot to exercise their low level rating. A low level flight review is required every 24 months (see CASA EX92/15). The flight review will comprise of a ground component and a flight component. The low level flight review can be completed in conjunction with the helicopter flight review.

NVFR Flight Review
A night VFR flight review is required for a pilot to exercise their night VFR rating. A flight review is required every 24 months. The flight review will comprise of a ground component and a flight component.

PPL and CPL Theory Tuition
Individual PPL and CPL Theory tuition can be provided on request. PPL and CPL Ground Theory Courses are currently being developed.