HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

Helicopter maintenance station in San Antonio, TX.

(210) 930-0125

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

Commercial Pilot Courses


Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter Courses

Read below for information about our commercial pilot rotorcraft helicopter course and additional commercial rotorcraft helicopter course:


Commercial Pilot Background

This course is for the person who wants to become a professional commercial helicopter pilot. The course emphasizes the development of professional pilot skills and judgment. All training teaches greater precision and an in-depth analysis of previously learned maneuvers, as well as the introduction to more advanced maneuvers. The entire body of aeronautical knowledge previously learned is examined in greater depth. This course is also an excellent way for the private pilot to gain proficiency and hone skills for greater safety and confidence. The accelerated course time should take about 12 to 20 weeks.

Commercial Pilot FAA Requirements

An applicant for a commercial pilot helicopter certificate must:  be at least 18 years of age, read, speak, understand, and write the English language, hold a FAA issued private pilot certificate, possess at least a valid second class medical certificate, obtain a total of 150 hours of flight experience and 30 hours of ground instruction, and pass a FAA knowledge and flight test.

  • Be at Least 18 Years of Age
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold an FAA-Issued Private Pilot Certificate
  • Possess at Least a Valid Second-Class Medical Certificate
  • Obtain a Total of 150 Hours of Flight Experience and 30 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Pass an FAA Knowledge and Flight Test

Commercial Pilot Helicopter Rating

Enrollment Fee *80 Hours Flight Instruction Helicopter 25 Hours Simulator 10 Hours Solo Books and Supplies 30 Hours Ground Instruction and 20 hours Pre/Post Briefing Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 B47 G4A Solo $44,000.00 $4,375.00 $6,300.00 $517.60 $3,000.00 $58,192.60
Bell 47 $100.00
$36,800.00 $4,375.00
$4,600.00
$517.60 $3,000.00 $49,392.60

Please Note

Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Instrument instruction is not required if you already have five hours of logged instrument training in an airplane.

Earn Up to 50% Credit

According to the rules of FAR Part 141, you may receive up to 50% credit for the dual and pilot in-command experience that you have accumulated in airplanes or helicopters as a private pilot. This will greatly reduce the cost of this course. The credit will be given to you based on an evaluation by our chief flight instructor; additionally, you may pay the R-44 price for a portion of these 85 hours to achieve your helicopter instrument rating.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus $80.00
Practical Test Standards $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $40.95
Rotorcraft Flying Handbook $24.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $37.95
Aviation Chart Plotter $16.05
ASA-PHF Principles of Helicopter Flight $31.95
E6B Navigation Computer $37.95
San Antonio Sectional Chart $22.95
Private Knowledge Test Guide $28.95
School Flight Record $5.50
Pilot's Logbook $18.95
Pilots Operating Handbook $58.00
Instrument Flying Handbook* $40.95

*Included in the price above.


Commercial Helicopter (Add-on) Background

This course is for the pilot who already possesses a commercial pilot certificate and wants to add a helicopter to his/her existing airplane certificate. Both the flight and ground training portion of the course emphasizes the development of professional pilot skills and judgment. The commercial pilot portion of the training also reviews the maneuvers learned in the private pilot course and teaches greater precision and an in-depth analysis of these, as well as other maneuvers. The entire body of aeronautical knowledge previously learned is examined in greater depth. The accelerated course time should take three to five weeks.

Additional Commercial Pilot FAA Requirements

An applicant for our FAA-approved additional category (Rotorcraft) and class (Helicopter) course with commercial privileges must:

  • Hold a Current Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Be at Least 18 Years Old
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold at Least a Second-Class Medical Certificate
  • Obtain a Minimum of 40 Hours of Helicopter Flight Training and 10 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Satisfactorily Pass an FAA-Required Flight Test

Additional Commercial Pilot Helicopter Rating

Enrollment Fee *23 Hours Flight Instruction Helicopter 6 Hours Simulator 10 Hours Solo Helicopter 10 Hours Ground Instruction and 20 Hours Pre/Post Briefing Books and Supplies Total Cost Excluding Knowledge & Flight Test
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $12,650.00 $1,050.00
$6,300.00 $1,800.00 $517.60 $22,417.60
Bell 47 $100.00
$10,580.00 $1,050.00
$4,600.00
$1,800.00 $517.60 $18,647.60

Earn Up to 50% Credit

According to the rules of FAR Part 141, you may receive up to 50% credit for the dual and pilot in-command experience that you have accumulated in helicopters as a private pilot. This will greatly reduce the cost of the course. The credit will be given to you based on an evaluation by our chief flight instructor. Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus* $80.00
Practical Test Standards* $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $40.95
Rotorcraft Flying Handbook* $24.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $37.95
Aviation Chart Plotter $16.05
Principles of Helicopter Flight* $31.95
E6B Navigation Computer $37.95
San Antonio Sectional Chart $22.95
Commercial Knowledge Test Guide $28.95
School Flight Record* $5.50
Pilot's Logbook $58.00
Instrument Flying Handbook* $40.95

*Included in the price above.