Learn to fly with Central Helicopters

Do you dream of becoming a pilot? Then learn to fly with Central Helicopters. If you would like to earn a living as a commercial helicopter pilot, whether this is as a full time pilot or as a part-time second career, the minimum qualification you will need is a Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence CPL(H).

Central Helicopters is authorised by the Civil Aviation Authority to offer the CPL(H) modular flight training programme on the Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters from our dedicated heliport near Nottingham.

Before you start training you will need to meet some basis requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold a valid Class 1 EASA Medical Certificate, which may be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority Medical Examiner
  • Have logged a minimum of 155 hours as a helicopter pilot, of which at least 50 hours are as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) including at least ten hours cross-country as PIC.
  • There are some reductions for qualified fixed-wing pilots
  • Your additional hours, after gaining your Private Pilot’s Licence, may be gained by a mixture of self-fly hire, refresher training and Type Rating training to add additional type to your licence
  • Have passed all the Theoretical Knowledge exams at CPL(H) or ATPL(H) level. The study for these exams is usually conducted through a Distance Learning programme at the same time as the “hour building” is taking place. Central Helicopters does not offer the Theoretical Knowledge teaching but we can point you in the direction of the people who do.

Once you have met all the requirements you can start your CPL(H) flight training. The course is usually conducted over an intensive three to four-week period, beginning with an assessment with our CPL instructor to ensure that you have met all the pre-requisites before flight training begins.

The course involves a minimum of 30 hours (35 hours if you require a night rating) of dual flight instruction – a mandatory ten hours of instrument flying and the remaining 20 hours covering general handling and navigation exercises. The course will finish with a CPL Skills Test conducted by a CAA-nominated examiner. Once passed (and your new licence has been delivered) you are a professional helicopter pilot.

To find our more, call in to see us at Nottingham Heliport. Our friendly and experienced CPL instructor and Operations Team will be more than happy to show you around the facilities and have a chat to see how we can help you become a Commercial Helicopter Pilot.