HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

Helicopter maintenance station in San Antonio, TX.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 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

Private Pilot Courses


Private Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter Courses

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


Private Helicopter Pilot Background

This course is designed for the person with little or no background in aviation. It includes the most important training a pilot will receive as it forms the basis for all additional courses. Quality training with a well-qualified instructor at this point is a must.

The course is designed as the first step for those who wish to go on to become a professional pilot or as a complete course for those who will fly their own helicopter privately. The private pilot certificate is much like your automobile driver's license, enabling you to use the helicopter for personal pleasure or business.

The ground-training curriculum allows flexible use of self-study, as well as classroom and private tutoring techniques by the instructor to achieve the completion standards. The flight-training course advances the student logically, from basic maneuvers to more advanced procedures. The student will develop the skills and judgment to safely fly the helicopter as a private pilot. The accelerated course time should take 12 to 16 weeks.

Private Pilot FAA Requirements

An applicant for a private pilot helicopter certificate must:

  • Be at Least 17 Years Old
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold at Least a Third-Class Medical Certificate
  • Per FAR Part 141, Have at Least 35 Hours of Flight Training and 35 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Pass an FAA Private Pilot Knowledge Exam and Flight Test

Private Pilot Helicopter Rating Per Aircraft Type

Enrollment Fee 22.5 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 7.5 Hours of Simulator Time 5 Hours of Solo Helicopter Time Books and Materials (Approximate) 35 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $13,500.00 $1,312.50 $2,750.00 $437.60 $2,100.00 $20,200.10
Bell 47 G4A $100.00
$10,350.00 $1,312.50
$2,050.00
$8.00 $2,100.00 $15,920.50
Robinson R-22 $100.00
$8,100.00
$1,312.50
$1,550.00
$9.00 $2,100.00 $13,171.50

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

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.


Private Helicopter (Add-on) Background

This course is designed for the pilot who already possesses an unrestricted airplane pilot certificate and already has some background in aviation. Quality helicopter training with a well-qualified instructor at this point is a must. This course is designed for those who will fly their own helicopter for private use. The ground-training curriculum allows flexible use of self-study, as well as classroom and private tutoring techniques by the instructor to achieve the completion standards. The flight-training course advances the student logically, from basic maneuvers to more advanced procedures. The student will develop the skills and judgment to safely fly the helicopter as a private pilot. The accelerated course time should take three to eight weeks.

Additional Private Pilot FAA Requirements

An applicant for our FAA-approved additional category (rotorcraft) and class (helicopter) with private privileges must:

  • Hold a Current Private or Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Be at Least 17 Years Old
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold at Least a Third-Class Medical Certificate
  • Obtain a Minimum of 25 Hours of Helicopter Flight Training and 10 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Pass an FAA-Required Flight Test

Additional Private Pilot FAA Requirements

Enrollment Fee 20 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 5 Hours of Solo Helicopter Time Books and Materials 20 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $12,000.00
$2,750.00 $437.60 $1,200.00 $16,487.60
Bell 47 G4A $100.00
$9,200.00 $2,050.00
$437.60
$1,200.00 $12,987.60
Robinson R-22 $100.00
$7,200.00
$1,550.00
$437.60
$1,200.00 $10,487.60

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

*Included in the price above.

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.