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Private Pilot Certificate – Helicopter

The Private Pilot Certificate is for anyone who wants to fly for recreation. It is also the first step for someone seeking advanced helicopter ratings. The costs outlined below illustrate the minimum hourly requirements required by the FAA FAR Part 61. It is difficult to achieve the required proficiency in this time period. A total flight time of 60 hours prior to a student obtaining their private pilot’s license is not uncommon.

FAA minimum requirements per FAR 61.109:

  • 30 hours dual R-22 @ $299/hour = $8,970
  • 10 hours solo R-22 @ $249/hour = $2,490
  • 30 hours ground @ $50/hour = $1,500
  • Required Books & Supplies = $210
  • FAA written exam = $150
  • 3rd class medical exam = $100
  • Check ride (1 hr + examiner fee) = $1,099
  • Total Cost for Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate = $14,519

*discounts are available for pre-paid blocks of flight time and cash payments – NO REFUNDS for pre-paid blocks of flight time at the discounted rate – ask for details!*