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How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private It involves many different factors! How much time do you have available? How good are you at self study? How bad do you want the rating? Many many things play a part in how long it takes!

Hello everybody, Kenny with Helicopter Online Ground School. I wanted to make a video on another frequently asked question about Learning To Fly Helicopters. How long does the Helicopter Training take? That's a really great question. It's also a big question with many different factors. You can just throw a number out there and say it will take 3 months.
Lets use the Helicopter Private Pilot Rating for an example. It depends mainly on how many time per week you are going to fly. The best seems to be about 3 times per week. It you figure you will fly one time per week that will take a long time. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of Helicopter Flight Time. The average person takes more like 60 or 70 hours to complete the Helicopter License. Flying once per week will take over a year.
You will not make good progress flying just once per week!

You can also fly to much. If you try and fly everyday you will overwhelm yourself and not make good progress there either. Your Helicopter Flying will get ahead of the Helicopter Ground School.

How long is the Helicopter Flight Training going to take?

It depends on how much time and effort you put into it! How good your study habits are. How good you are studying on your own. How much time do you have available?
If you have family and a job and other things that distract from your Helicopter Training.

There are also weather issues. Helicopter maintenance scheduled and unscheduled. Also be prepared for those times and still go in for Helicopter Ground School. There are so many factors in involved in…

How long will it take.

You can't really nail that down unless you know for sure how much time per week you can commit to Helicopter Flying. And how much time you can commit to self study.
Do you have all the funds available? That's holds most people back. It took me 4 years to go from off the street to Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor! I had to keep stopping to find more money. Money seems to be the issue for most all of us. That's just the way it is.

Hope that helps. Thanks for sending in the questions. If you enjoy this post or it helps you out! Please like and share below and feel free to leave comments as well. Thanks for stopping by!
How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private Pilot?
Learn How To Fly A Helicopter: How Long does it take?

How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private Pilot?

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Learn How To Fly A Helicopter: How Long does it take?
How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private It involves many different factors! How much time do you have available? How good are you at self study? How bad do you want the rating? Many many things play a part in how long it takes!

Hello everybody, Kenny with Helicopter Online Ground School. I wanted to make a video on another frequently asked question about Learning To Fly Helicopters. How long does the Helicopter Training take? That's a really great question. It's also a big question with many different factors. You can just throw a number out there and say it will take 3 months.
Lets use the Helicopter Private Pilot Rating for an example. It depends mainly on how many time per week you are going to fly. The best seems to be about 3 times per week. It you figure you will fly one time per week that will take a long time. The FAA requires a minimum of 40 hours of Helicopter Flight Time. The average person takes more like 60 or 70 hours to complete the Helicopter License. Flying once per week will take over a year.
You will not make good progress flying just once per week!

You can also fly to much. If you try and fly everyday you will overwhelm yourself and not make good progress there either. Your Helicopter Flying will get ahead of the Helicopter Ground School.

How long is the Helicopter Flight Training going to take?

It depends on how much time and effort you put into it! How good your study habits are. How good you are studying on your own. How much time do you have available?
If you have family and a job and other things that distract from your Helicopter Training.

There are also weather issues. Helicopter maintenance scheduled and unscheduled. Also be prepared for those times and still go in for Helicopter Ground School. There are so many factors in involved in...

How long will it take.

You can't really nail that down unless you know for sure how much time per week you can commit to Helicopter Flying. And how much time you can commit to self study.
Do you have all the funds available? That's holds most people back. It took me 4 years to go from off the street to Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor! I had to keep stopping to find more money. Money seems to be the issue for most all of us. That's just the way it is.

Hope that helps. Thanks for sending in the questions. If you enjoy this post or it helps you out! Please like and share below and feel free to leave comments as well. Thanks for stopping by!
How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private Pilot?
Learn How To Fly A Helicopter: How Long does it take?

36 thoughts on “How Long does it take to become a Helicopter Private Pilot?”

  1. Hello, I’m very greatful for these videos because they answer pretty thoroughly. I’m looking into starting my private and of course money is the issue, but like you said you have to penny pinch and hopefully I’ll get my license

  2. Money is always a issue, you hit the nail on the head this time.  If I had all the money I needed to train & I am retired now, I could probably get my helicopter PPL in about 4 weeks.  Then in another two weeks get my commercial, but who would hire a 66 year old helicopter pilot with only a thousand hours on the old logbook?

    1. You need about 16-17 thousand bucks & a min. of 40 hours flight time plus ground school, & that is your private license, only.

    2. +Helicopter Online Ground School
      I never saw your reply until today, what is up with YouTube these days?  They have changed their format at least 4 times in 2 years, and all for the worst user non-friendly environment, it makes it tough to reply.
      Other than that,  Thanks for the encouragement on older pilots flying!
      Kurt

    3. +iflyhelis your welcome! One of our members recently passed his private rating at 72 years old. Out youngest member is 17. Never to late or to early! Yes the you tube changes are a pin!

    4. Well, if he can do it so can I.  I’ve flown RC helicopters for over 14 years & I finally wanted to try a real helicopter.  I was so thrilled at how my experiences with RC helped me understand the controls Etc.

      The pre-flight inspection of a R44 will take some time to get use to.  It took me forever because , first I was not expecting to do that on my 2nd flight but of a different aircraft than I had flown before (Schweizer 300 CBi) and the hydraulic assist on the cyclic threw me off.

      I’ll get my PPL some way, some how.  I love flying helicopters, they are so much better to maneuver than fixed wing + you can land anywhere you want to land, under the restrictions of closed airspace.

      72 years old?  So what does this guy have planned for in future flights?  Look at Harrison Ford… His accident, although he did the best he could with the Ryan 22 (which I have flown in before) with the radial engine, that is known to quit!  He ended up ok, came in as slow as possible, clipped a tree, then hit the golf course.  he was so lucky that one of the golfers was a Doctor.  Harrison broke so many bones, I can’t believe that he, with help was able to extract him-self from the plane.  I am sure he won’t be flying again soon!

      Sorry for the long-winded reply, I read the “NTBS accident Logs” on a daily basis   All planes/helicopters/cars/boats/walking are still a hazard to our health.  But I still want a PPL for helicopters!

  3. Its my understanding that some schools will allow you to finance your training program. Do you have any knowledge with respect to financing (i’m sure most schools have different setups)?  Thank you for any knowledge you have with respect to financing.

  4. are you sure you’re telling the whole truth. in the military its 9 hours of flying time. and 9 months a classroom work. and if you research it 1960 the Chrysler dealership was selling Bell helicopters with the one week training course

    1. +Brother93Mali The cost depends on many different factors. What aircraft you choose to fly. Your own personal study habits, among many other factors. A private rating will be in the area of $10,000 to $20,000.

    2. +Helicopter Online Ground School Hi Kenny !  I would like to know if ever I have to go to helicopter school 3 times a week. How many hours per day should I devote myself?  And is 70 hours is the maximum? How do I go commercial pilot so I could get some money. Please help me on this. Thanks

  5. Is the job market for a helicopter pilot pretty decent? I know its a smaller pool vs fixed wing but for those who put in the time and money to rack up the hours, are their good paying jobs waiting once you get around 1200-2500 hours on the stick?

    1. Private Helicopter Tours mostly, you just need to live in a remote area or a huge city, but thats also more issues. Don’t work for a company, work for yourself.

    2. I was reading about how this lady was pretty much bashing on people’s dreams of becoming a helicopter pilot and starting their own charter business. Saying it’s not worth it and most likely going to fail. I couldn’t believe it. I can see how it’s difficult however I’m sure someone told the CEO of google it was going to fail. I’m more interested in starting my own tour company. In a big city that doesn’t currently have one. I feel a lot of people would pay good money to see the city from the sky. San Antonio has helicopter tours and they are flying ALL the time. Yet there is really nothing to see in San Antonio. How hard could it be??

    3. +SmokinChallenger Exactly, a Robinson R44 is what, 400k? I mean, thats not alot of money for a helicopter you ‘ll probably keep for 10 years + (if you really love it), I know people who were dirt poor and saved up for a helicopter, bought one with the training and live happy lives, not making any earnings from the actual helicopter itself. The majority of the heli tour companies overcharge for a 20 minute tour, you can make it so that it just margins the price for fuel and a couple dollars more, no problem. Flying is great! People will bash on anyone lol.

  6. the reason I haven’t gone to school for this is because. you spend 10-20k for your liscence but then you only have like 250 hours and need about 1500-2000 hours to get a job. is there away to get more flight time besides from being a instructor? for an example cdl licence they give you job when your done where in this. you may never get hired because of your flight hours you can’t afford.

  7. Thanks for the very Real statistic of how one would have to use their time. That was Dead on. I am a 48 yr old motor head that always wanted to fly Helicopters since boy-Hood….I just started watching these you-tube vids about it and Loving every lesson..!

  8. Hello! I have a CPL airplane and have approximately 250 hour logged, fixed wings. How many of these hours can I use to get a helicopter CPL?
    Thanks!

    1. +LUIZ CORONEL For the commercial add on you will need a minimum of 20 hours of training and a total of 50 hours in helicopters. You can look up more details under part 61.129 in the far/aim.

    1. +kumaigoro electrical still depends on many other factors. How many ratings you are pursuing. Your own abilities to learn. Weather and maintenance issues etc.

    2. Can you give an estimate of how many years would it take if i became a full time student and fly the average hours a full time student would

  9. hi sir thanks uploading your videos i think their really useful thanks for that.
    sir i have a question sorry if it may come across a silly question to some people but i am not sure with helicpoter pilot specifically, do i have to have top results from my college maths exam or otherwise i cannot become a helicopter pilot because maths is my weakest subject at college so just wondering.

    1. Great question. You can do it. The math required is fairly simple. I thought the same thing before I started training. I was relieved to find the math was no big problem!

  10. I know that a helicopter pilot is not allowed to fly a areplane pilot and vice versa, but what about a bush plane. Is a helicopter pilot allowed to fly a bush plane.

  11. Dear Mr keller i have a important question is there any kind of organisation that assesses the different helicopter schools around the world or USA alone and gives annual ranking to the helicopter schools just like some do for universities? if so please tell me i live in the united kingdom so that is why i wrote in my question first that if there is any kind of ranking organisation that does around the world.

    1. Great question Rahil. There is not anything like that I know of. There should be! Anyone else know of anything?

  12. Dear Mr Keller I really want your opinion on what you think is the best helicopter school in the USA or at least one of the best ones in the USA and in which USA state those helicopter schools are based in.

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