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Commercial Pilot certificate

Step 3:  Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot: Course part 61 available

 

 

The privilege of a Commercial Pilot certificate

A person who holds a Commercial Pilot certificate may act as Pilot in Command of an aircraft and carry persons or property for compensation or hire, provided the person is qualified for the operation. For example:  photo flight, patrol, electric or pipeline maintenance, surveillance, construction survey and more.


The limitation of a Commercial Rotorcraft Pilot

Do not overstep on other certificate requirements.  For example, SFAR parts 133 (Air Lift), SFAR parts 135 (Air Carrier, Air Taxi), SFAR parts 137 (Agricultural).


How do you get a Private Rotorcraft Pilot License?

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language. 
  • Must hold at least a private pilot certificate. 
  • Must meet the aeronautical experience requirements of the applicable FAA requirement that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought. 
  • Pass the knowledge test.


I recommend that you pass instrument rating because you are required to have 10 hours of instrument training anyway.

For a Rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating, you must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

 

  • 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.
  • 100 hours of Pilot-In-Command flight time, which includes at least: 
  • 35 hours in helicopters 
  • 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters.
  • 20 hours of training on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(3) of this part that includes at least: 
  • 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft
  • One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
  • One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
  • 3 hours in a helicopter in preparation for the practical test within the 60-day period preceding the date of the test. 
  • 10 hours of solo flight in a helicopter on the areas of operation listed in Sec. 61.127(b)(3) of this part, which includes at least: 
  • One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
  • 5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).
  • Pass an oral and flight test given by the FAA or an approved designated pilot examiner.