A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly Australian registered helicopters within Australia. This licence is for Private purposes not for employment. It can be used as a pathway to higher classes of licence but is ideally suited to people flying for recreational or personal purposes. A minimum of 40 hours flight training is required with the typical licence taking around 60 hours. If you have undertaken previous flight training in an aeroplane or gyrocopter (or hold a flight crew licence) you may be entitled to a reduction in flight training hours. A Class 2 medical certificate is required (valid for 4 years for applicants less than 40 years of age and all other cases up to 2 years) and a pass in CASA theory exam. There are two pathways for the theory exam – a single long format exam or 7 short format exams. The 7 exam model is the same as the CPL licence and is useful for people considering future licence upgrades.
Our PPL includes both flight training and theory training – that means you will master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.
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
- Robinson R22
- Robinson R44
- Bell 206
PPL theory training covers the following:
- flight rules and air law
- human factors
- operations, performance and planning
The time taken to complete a pilot licence is governed by how much time you have available to dedicate to both studying theory and completing the practical flying component.
You need not fly everyday. Bookings are made to suit your schedule. In our experience a student who is studying full time PPL(H) would need a minimum of 3 months – although those who are
working and studying may take in excess of 2 years.
Flight lessons are mapped by sequence and the particular units of competency that are applicable. Prior to each lesson the student is given clearly defined objectives to achieve the elements of competency required to move on to the next sequence.
Typically we schedule lessons in a two hour slot which involves a pre-flight briefing, a flight lesson of approximately 1 hour, and a post-flight de-brief. Double lessons and longer lessons are available depending on where you are at with your training. Some of the lessons will require 3 – 4 hours to complete.
Initially you may find the lessons very demanding when learning basic manoeuvers, but as your
motor memory develops, handling the helicopter will become more instinctive.
People often ask ‘how soon before I go solo?’ There is a defined set of competency standards that are prerequisites for your first solo flight and you must prove to be consistent and accurate in each of these before that can occur, just as with completing your licence.
Towards the end of the course you’ll be spending two or more hours on cross country navigation flights flying far more fluently and frequently than you thought possible in the beginning.
Each student is different and will progress at different rates. You improve and plateau during
different stages of the training – our experienced instructors will continually monitor and provide you with feedback on your progress.
FURTHER PILOT TRAINING OPTIONS
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.
Heliwest’s Instructional Team is a group of highly qualified and broadly experienced pilots.
No matter what pathway you seek in Aviation, there will be an instructor amongst the crew
experienced in the operations you wish to turn into a career. You will typically be teamed up with a Primary and a Secondary Instructor. Your Primary Instructor conducts the bulk of your training and becomes your partner in training.
Heliwest combines these experienced Flight Instructors with modern, purpose equipped and highly maintained aircraft to ensure safety and targeted training.
Backed by Heliwest’s professional attitude and reputation to propel you, you’ll be well positioned to begin a successful career in the helicopter industry.
Heliwest instructors are friendly, approachable and always willing to spend time answering your questions and queries, so please feel free to come in and discuss your goals.