Heliwest delivers Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) training for aspiring pilots who want to fly helicopters for pleasure. Our PPL is also suitable for people looking to begin pilot training with the basics and work toward their Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) in a modular way.

At course completion, you will be qualified to fly a helicopter alone or with passengers for private use. You will also have gained the skills and experience to commence further flight training with confidence.


Our PPL includes both flight training and theory training – that means you will master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.

Flight training

You will complete a minimum of 50 hours flying which includes at least:

  • 10 hours of general flight time as pilot in command
  • 6 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command

Training aircraft

  • Robinson R22
  • Robinson R44
  • Bell 206

Theory training

PPL theory training covers the following:

  • flight rules and air law
  • human factors
  • navigation
  • meteorology
  • operations, performance and planning


Once you have earned your PPL you can choose to undertake further training at Heliwest to build upon your skills, qualifications and career opportunities. We offer:

  • Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter)
  • Night VFR Rating
  • Low Level Rating
  • Sling Operations Rating
  • Class/Type Ratings
  • Instructor Rating

In Australia there are a diverse range of pilot licence and ratings types. This means you have a number of training options to choose from. At Heliwest we offer PPL through to CPL and advanced flight training – whatever your aviation goals and priorities, we are able to tailor a training package to suit you. If you have a specific training requirement, or you’re not sure which training option is right for you, contact us to discuss your needs with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.