HELICOPTER TRAINING

PILOT LICENCES

PPL - Private Helicopter Licence

Age

You must be at least 17 years old.

 

Medical

Must have a current medical certificate (class 1 or 2 Aviation Medical).

 

Requirements

  • Minimum 50 hours flight training.
  • Frequent in-house practice examinations provided.
  • Must pass a CASA theory examination covering all subject content.
  • Pass a flight test with testing officer.
CPL - Commercial Pilots Licence

Age

You must be at least 18 years old.

 

Medical

Applicants must have a current medical certificate (Class 1 Aviation Medical).

 

Requirements

Minimum 125 hours flight training (or 105 hours if the last 30 hours are completed within 3 months)
Frequent in house practice examinations provided
7 CASA theory examinations (70% pass rate, Aviation Law, 80% pass rate)
Flight test with testing officer

FLIGHT REVIEWS & PROFICIENCY CHECKS

Flight Reviews
Aircraft Types As required, either using one of our fleet or conducting the training in your aircraft, subject to the instructor having the appropriate class/type ratings.
Duration Varies depending on the content of the Flight Review (A Flight Review may cover more than one rating and may also incorporate a Proficiency Check).
Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence and relevant rating.
Description A flight review includes training and an assessment. Training is included to bring you back up to the required standard of competency, if you need it. Reference is made to the appropriate section of the MOS in preparing a training plan.
Theory Includes appropriate Long Briefs. May involve revision of the theory materials. Does not require a theory exam.
CASA Qualification Flight Review for the agreed rating(s).
AQF Qualification Not applicable.
Regulations The rules for flight reviews are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations:
- Regulation 61.400 – general requirements
- Regulation 61.800 – flight review for pilot type ratings
- Regulation 61.1175(6) – for flight instructors
- Regulation 61.925 – private instrument flight rules
- Regulation 61.970 – night visual flight rules
- Regulation 61.1060 – low-level ratings
Flight Reviews Flight reviews are conducted for:
- Aircraft class rating: every 24 months
- Aircraft type rating: every 24 months
- Private instrument flight rules rating: every 24 months
- Night visual flight rules rating: every 24 months
- Low-level rating: every 12 months.
Proficiency Checks
Aircraft Types As required, either using one of our fleet or conducting the training in your aircraft, subject to the instructor having the appropriate class/type ratings.
Duration Varies depending on the content of the Proficiency Check (A Proficiency Check may cover more than one rating.
Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian licence and relevant rating.
Description To meet the proficiency check requirements for a rating you need to demonstrate competency against the relevant units.

At the end of a successful check the flight examiner will enter the details in your licence and send a notice to CASA to update your records. Reference is made to the appropriate sections of the MOS in preparing a proficiency check assessment.

Theory Includes appropriate Long Briefs. May involve revision of the theory materials. Does not require a theory exam.
CASA Qualification Flight Review for the agreed rating(s).
AQF Qualification Not applicable.
Regulations The rules for proficiency checks are contained in Part 61 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations:
- Regulations 61.640 and 650 – limitations of MPL
- Regulations 61.6780 and 695 – limitations of ATPL
- Regulation 61.1205 – simulator instructor proficiency check
- Regulation 61.745(3) and (3A) – proficiency checks and flight reviews – aircraft type rating
- Regulation 61.1015 – night vision imaging system proficiency checks
- Regulation 61.1410 – instructor proficiency checks (flight engineer)
- Regulation 61.1305 – obligations of flight examiners
- Regulation 61.1280 and 61.1285 – examiner proficiency checks
- Regulation 61.1180 – flight instructor proficiency checks
- Regulation 61.1110 – aerial application proficiency checks
- Regulation 61.805(2)(c) – operator proficiency check and instrument proficiency check
- Regulation 61.880 – instrument proficiency checks
- Regulation 61.1470 – examiner proficiency checks (flight engineer)
- Regulation 61.1490 – obligations of flight engineer examiners
- Note – regulation 61.1055(2) refers to an operator proficiency check in low-level operations.
Proficiency Checks The following proficiency checks are prescribed under Part 61:
- instructor rating proficiency check every 2 years
- instrument rating proficiency check (IPC) every year
- examiner rating proficiency check every 2 years
- aerial application rating proficiency check every year
- night vision imaging system rating proficiency check every year.

RATINGS & ENDORSEMENTS

Low-Level Rating with Helicopter low-level endorsement or Aerial Application Rating
Aircraft Types Normally conducted in the Robinson R22, but can be completed in other aircraft as required.
Duration 5 hours over 2 days.
Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
Description Covers low-level manoeuvring and emergencies including figure of 8s, S-Turns, Quick stops, 180° Quick stops, Low Level circuits, max performance take-offs, zero landings, pull ups, push overs, recovery from negative G and vortex ring state and general handling close to the ground. It also includes low-level autorotations.
Theory Course includes long briefs, but no classroom theory required.
CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Helicopter low-level endorsement.
AQF Qualification Not applicable.
Regulations Subpart 61.Q—Low-level ratings 61.1070 Requirements for grant of low-level ratings.
Flight Review A Flight Review is required every year (12 months).
Low Level Rating: Sling Operations Endorsement
Aircraft Types Can be conducted in any helicopter with an appropriate hook installed.
Duration 5 hours over 5 days.
Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher.
Description This is a basic course in flying with a sling load. The course starts with a short line of 30 feet and then we slowly build you up to use of a 150-foot long line. Accurate placement, emergencies and autorotations to the ground are all covered. If it is a specific long lining course you are looking for because you already have some sling time then contact us and we will put together a course to suit what you need to learn.
Theory Course includes long briefs, some classroom theory notes provided. No theory exam required.
CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Sling Operations endorsement.
Low Level Rating: Aerial Mustering - Helicopter Endorsement
Aircraft Types Normally conducted in a Robinson R22 helicopter.
Duration 10 hours over 1 week.
Pre-requisites Must hold a valid Australian PPL licence or higher. Must have completed 5 hours of low flying training prior to commencing the mustering training. Must also have a minimum of 100 hours of pilot in command time prior to commencing the training.
Description Prior to being able to muster cattle with a helicopter you must have completed a course in low flying and then a 10-hour course by an approved mustering pilot. We send you out with an approved working mustering pilot and over the course of 10 hours he will impart the skills required to muster cattle.
Theory Course includes long briefs, some classroom theory notes provided. No theory exam required.
CASA Qualification Low-level Rating with Aerial Mustering – Helicopters endorsement.