Who among us hasn't wanted to learn how to fly a helicopter?
FAA Part 61 Helicopter Private Pilot Certification Requirements
Dual: 20 hours of helicopter flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation that includes:
3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter;
3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter, that includes at least;
1 cross-country flight of over 50 nautical miles total distance; and;
10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.
3 hours of flight training in a helicopter within the preceding 60 days prior to the practical test;
Solo: 10 hours of solo flying in a helicopter on the Private Pilot areas of operation, that includes;
3 hours of solo cross-country flying;
1 solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with 3 points and one segment of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing; and;
3 takeoffs and landings at a controlled airport.
The private pilot helicopter test consists of a written test (taken on a computer), oral test (one on one with a FAA Designated Examiner) and finally your flight test (also with a FAA Designated Examiner). Once you pass all three tests in that order, you will be a new licensed helicopter pilot.
Let me know if you think you can pass the flight test in the comments section below. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!