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Helicopter Pilot Training Center offers the best helicopter training available. Fly over miles of beautiful shorelines.
Intro Flight Start your helicopter training journey with and into the flight, the fundamental understanding of what we are about, click the title for more info. Private Pilot Licence The Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) is the first basic course you will undertake, either as a license for your future recreational flying or as the first step on your path to becoming a professional Commercial Pilot. Commercial Pilot Licence The Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) course is normally run in parallel with the Instrument Rating so when you finish you have qualified for both. This makes you more employable.
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Situated in the beautiful city of Port Elizabeth at the international airport, Helicopter Pilot Training Centre is a personalized and professional helicopter training facility. We pride ourselves in being a top class school and going the extra mile to ensure our students receive the best training whether it’s practical or theoretical. The environment at HPTC is one in which the students thrive and remain apart of the HPTC family long after the completion of their licenses.
Safety is our most important consideration at HPTC, not only during training but to ensure our students continue with safe operations throughout their careers. All aircraft are meticulously maintained and thorough pre-flight and operational procedures are taught and stressed at all times to ensure the highest levels of safety. The training is structured so that you will become a safe pilot, yet still have fun doing so. Great care is taken to ensure that each individual trainee receives the training he/she requires to make them a professional and competent pilot we would gladly recommend to any potential employee.
Becoming a helicopter pilot is not your everyday career choice; it’s unique, exciting and a lifetime full of adventure.
Helicopter flying is not for the faint-hearted and requires passion and dedication like no other.
Becoming a helicopter pilot is becoming a part of a very special and extraordinary family.
We welcome you to try it out!
An introductory flight is a great way to determine whether becoming a helicopter pilot is something you would like to pursue, either recreationally or on a professional level.
How it works:
Your instructor does a basic first lesson with you, explaining the effects of controls as well as the basic aspects of flying. Thereafter you are shown step by step how to complete a pre-flight inspection of the helicopter you are about to fly, this is a very important part of becoming a competent and safe pilot. Once you have a clear understanding of the lesson and pre-flight you are taken on a 20min flight and the controls are handed over to you. This is where the real fun starts and you get to experience what being a helicopter pilot is all about.
On completion of the flight, you are given a quick debrief on the lesson. Your instructor will discuss the flight with you and answer any questions you may have. Please inquire about the cost of your introductory flight.
If you do decide to start your training to become a helicopter pilot, the 20-minute introductory flight counts towards your 50 hours required for the completion of a PPL.
Helicopter Pilot Training Centre provides the ideal location for corporate departures and general entertainment due to its close proximity to the Port Elizabeth International Airport. Executive transport and transfers can be arranged for clients to any location in the Eastern Cape. We all know that time is money and to lose either one is bad for business. This is why we offer reliable executive transport to get you to your business, farm, lodge, construction site or mine in the shortest time possible. We also offer:
• Aerial photography and videography flights
• Wedding Charters
• Cargo and goods transport
• Event promotion
• Pleasure flips & Gifts
Contact us today to discuss your executive travel needs at a comfortable price.
Private Pilot Licence (H)
The Private Helicopter Licence is an exhilarating course which trains you to become the pilot in command of a helicopter. Once you have achieved your PPL, you are free to pilot helicopters for recreational purposes. The only limitation to a PPL is that you are not yet qualified to fly for financial reward. If your goal is to make helicopter flying your career, then you will need to continue on to the Commercial pilot’s license.
The PPL course consists of 50 hours of flying training which is mostly done on the Robinson R22 helicopter. Of the 50 hours flying, at least 15 hours have to be solo. Training to be a helicopter pilot is challenging, yet extremely satisfying. The team at HPTC will give you all the support you need to excel in every aspect of helicopter flying.
In addition to the practical flying hours, the student is required to attend ground school lectures and pass 8 theoretical examinations. The Private Pilot license training is undertaken at our home base at Port Elizabeth International Airport, providing excellent exposure to air traffic control procedures, an essential part of becoming a competent helicopter pilot. A large amount of the training is done at our GFA, which is situated less than 10 minutes from base, allowing for maximum training time per lesson.
Students may start as young as 14 years old, however, Students can only go solo at 16 years of age, and need to be 17 to obtain a PPL (H). There is no upper age limit to helicopter flying. Student pilots will be provided with a full pilot kit containing all the books and equipment necessary to complete the course and this is yours to keep.
Students can book flight times (from 6 am to 10 pm) to suit their availability, whether full time or part time candidates. Full-time candidates can expect to spend 6-7 hours a day at the flight school, while part-time students can budget on spending 2-3 hours as the school per lesson.
You have to pass 8 exams during the course of your training. In house, lectures are provided for all of the subjects. If a candidate is not successful on their first written exam attempt, they will be allowed to retake the exams as many times as they need to, after a 7 day period between exam attempts. No previous matric subjects are needed to become a helicopter pilot, as all the theoretical classes are taught in detail to each student.
• Air Law
• Helicopter Principles of Flight
• Helicopter Flight Planning
• Human Performance
• Helicopter General (covering engines, airframes, and instruments)
All the above are CAA online, multiple choice examinations. The pass mark for all subjects is 75%. All examinations have to be passed at stages as advised during your course and have to be completed before you are recommended for your final flight tests. Please note that not all students are ready to undertake the final flight tests after the minimum required 50 hours. The good news is that any additional training is credited towards your total time for the commercial license.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions you may have.
Commercial Pilot License:
This Commercial Pilots Licence is for those who wish to be a Pilot as a career choice Course Requirements
• Be at least 18 years of age to obtain a CPL (H) but there is no upper age limit.
• Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence
• Hold a Class I medical certificate
• Hold a General Radio Licence (acquired through us)
• Successfully pass 9 online CPL examinations. 75% pass mark (CAA Exams)
• Must have completed a minimum of 200 hours flying time (PPL Hours Incl) as a Pilot of which 100 hours must be Pilot in Command time and 20 hours of cross country flying (day/night)
• Complete a CPL General Flight Test in an aircraft with a Grade I Designated Flight Examiner
Theoretical Courses and Examinations:
• Radio Aids
• Air Law
• Aircraft Technical & General (Helicopter Aerodynamics)
• Human Performance & Limitations
• Instruments & Electronics
• Aviation Meteorology
• General Navigation & Plotting
• Flight Performance and Planning
• Instrument Rating ( if an instrument rating is required)
You will only be recommended for your final flight tests once you have completed the minimum requirements and more importantly, reached the standard required. The full PPL-CPL course lasts approximately 12 – 14 months, depending on weather, operational requirements and the student’s progress.
The Night Rating is done as part of the Commercial Pilot Licence course but can also be done as a stand-alone rating for any Helicopter Pilot with a PPL. The advantage of doing a night rating is that it allows a pilot to legally fly at night and will improve the pilot’s all-around situational awareness, which enhances safety.
The Night Rating consists of 10 hours instrument instruction as well as 5 hours of actual night flying. The night flying includes a night cross-country of not less than 75nmxfrom base, during which 2 away landings are made and a Night Rating Skills test. All of these hours are dual and you will be required to pass an online CAA examination prior to the Night Rating skill test.
This rating allows you to fly as Pilot in Command at night but not under instrument conditions i.e not in clouds or bad weather.
An instructors rating can be completed within your commercial license or as an additional rating.
It consists of 80 hours of Ground Briefing and 20 hours of Patter (flight instruction time).
The ground briefings consist of prepping lessons and then presenting them to your instructor via means of illustration, explanation, and demonstration.
Once you have completed the ground briefing and your instructor is satisfied that you have conveyed the lesson across to your student in a way that is easy to understand you will then go and fly that exercise from the left seat.
Your instructor in this instance will become your student and you will be required to carefully and meticulously demonstrate and teach each lesson from the left seat as an instructor would.
After the completion of the above-mentioned training time, you will be tested by a Designated Examiner and issued with a Grade 3 Helicopter Instructors Rating.
We have had a lot of feedback from students who have completed their instructor’s rating confirming that the knowledge and skills acquired during the training are invaluable.
It is a highly recommended rating to have as one’s ability and level of understanding for helicopter flying are pushed to greater levels.
Contact us to find out more about our Instructor training courses.
Type and Special Ratings
The following type ratings are available:
• Robinson 22
• Robinson 44
• Bell 206
Special Ratings can be obtained at Helicopter Pilot Training Centre:
• Game/cull Rating
• Sling Rating
• Night Rating
• Instrument Rating
• Instructor Rating
Please enquire for further information.
The Instrument Rating (IR) is normally combined with the Commercial Pilot Licence. It can, however, be done separately/after the CPL and can also be done as a rating on a PPL.
After your PPL, you have to complete a Night Rating. Thereafter, for the Commercial Pilot Licence with Instrument Rating, you need to write the following exams –
• Flight Planning
• Radio Aids
• Air Law and Procedures
• Human Performance
• Aircraft Technical and General
If you are doing an Instrument Rating on a PPL (ie not getting a Commercial Pilot Licence), you need to write –
• Flight Planning
• Radio Aids
• Air Law and Procedures
• Human Performance
The practical flying for the IR includes a minimum 0f 40 hours of Instrument instruction, of which you can do 20 hours on our CAA approved FTPT II simulator. This 40 hour includes the 10 hours carried over from the Night Rating.
You also need to have a minimum of 50 hours of PIC cross-country time by day and/or night as well as a Class 1 medical (as opposed to the Class 2 required for a PPL) and a general certificate in radio telephony.