We have a special passion for helicopters and would be thrilled to help you enjoy the versatility and rewarding challenge of helicopter flight. If you are already a certified airplane private pilot, then here are the steps to achieving your helicopter add-on. If this is your initial flight training and you do not hold a fixed-wing private pilot certificate, please refer to our private pilot certificate page to see the steps it takes to become a helicopter private pilot.

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How to Get a Helicopter Private Pilot Add-On

Prerequisites

  • Be at least 17 years of age upon completion
  • Training may begin at any age
  • Must be 16 years old to solo the aircraft
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Have at least a third-class FAA medical certificate

Getting Started

  • Schedule a Discovery Flight!
  • Contact Sweet Aviation to schedule a tour & meet with our training manager
  • Discuss training plan & ground school options
  • Begin ground/flight training

Flight Training Requirements

  • 30 hours flight time minimum, which must include 20 hours of flight instruction
  • Cross-country flight training, night flight training, and instrument training
  • Three takeoffs and three landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower
  • 10 hours of solo flight time
  • Three hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test which must have been performed within two preceding calendar months of the practical test (check ride)

Final Steps

  • Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and training specified by the FAA
  • Pass an oral test and a flight test given by the FAA or an approved designated pilot examiner
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How to Get a Helicopter Commercial Pilot Add-On

Prerequisites

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have at least a private pilot certificate prior to completion of commercial pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
  • Have at least a third-class FAA medical certificate

Getting Started

  • Contact Sweet Aviation to meet our training manager
  • Discuss commercial training plan & commercial ground training options
  • Begin Ground / Commercial Flight Training

Flight Training Requirements

  • Flight experience: must log at least 55 hours in a helicopter
  • 35 hours of pilot in command (PIC) a helicopter
  • Minimum of 100 total hours in powered aircraft
  • 50 hours of pilot in command cross-country flight
  • 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor (CFI)
  • Five hours of night flight
  • 10 hours of solo flight time or 10 hours with an instructor performing the duties of the pilot in command
  • Three hours flight test preparation within the preceding two calendar months of the practical test (check ride)

Final Steps

  • Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and training specified by the FAA
  • Pass oral and flight tests given by the FAA or an approved designated pilot examiner