Private Pilots License – PPL(H)

Why Choose Anthelion Helicopters?

 Anthelion Helicopters trains you to become a safe and proficient pilot by going beyond the minimum standards and having your best interests at heart.


 Whether you have never been in an aircraft before or you are an airline captain looking for an add-on rating, Anthelion Helicopters has the right program for you, for a private helicopter license.


 Through our combined 20 years of experience we know what is most effective and efficient in the flight training industry. We understand that our students lead busy and often complicated lives. Therefore, we customize each California helicopter pilot training plan to work around our student’s busy schedule.

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Your flight training will be broken down into the following stages:


The Foundation

Your flight training begins with learning the fundamentals of flying and the aircraft you are manipulating. As your skill develops, so does the depth of your flight training by establishing your knowledge both in the air and on the ground. You will learn what it takes to fly an aircraft without the presence of your instructor. Stage 1 ends with a pre-solo test, a check flight, and a review of your ground knowledge by the Chief Instructor.


Solo Flying

You will go through a series of solo flights designed in your personalized instructional plan to meet your solo requirements under Part 61 of the Regulations. At this point, the skills and confidence needed to complete flights on your own will advance. Stage 2 ends with a check flight and a review of your ground knowledge by the Chief Instructor.


The Consolidation

This stage is a consolidation and fine-tuning of the skills you have learned, which allow you to safely and proficiently manipulate the aircraft controls in preparation for taking your FAA Private Pilot check-ride. Stage 3 ends with a mock FAA check-flight and a review of your ground knowledge by the Chief Instructor.

How Long Does It Take?

Although 40 hours of flight time is the minimum required by the regulations to take a check-ride (see below), the actual time it takes students to meet the Practical Test Standards varies for a variety of reasons – frequency of flights, speed of learning, financial constraints etc. Typically the majority of our students pass between 45-60 hours with the national average being between 60-70 hours.

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Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Private Pilot License Requirements:

Private Pilot License Requirements (rating): A person who applies for a private pilot certificate with rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 40 hours of flight time that includes at least 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.107(b)(3) of the FARs, and the training must include at least:

  • 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter
  • 3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter that includes:
    • One cross-country flight of over 50 nautical miles total distance;


    • 10 take-offs and 10 landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport
  • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 2 months preceding the date of the test;


  • 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter consisting of

at least–

  • 3 hours cross-country time;
  • One solo cross-country flight of at least 100 nautical miles total distance, with landings at a minimum of three points, and one segment of the flight being a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the take-off and landing locations;


  • Three take-offs 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.

Medical And Other Requirements

• Prior to solo, you must obtain at least a 3rd class medical certificate from an FAA designated medical examiner.

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• Prior to the check-ride you must pass an FAA written knowledge test with 70% or better.


• You must also be 16 years of age to solo, 17 to take your check-ride.


• You must be able to read, speak, and understand English.


• Foreign students must pass a background check with TSA that requires fingerprints.

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