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Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) Syllabus

Here is a typical syllabus that can lead to the PPL(H) qualification.


Learn to fly a helicopter
  • Familiarisation with the helicopter.
  • Preparation for flight - starting and stopping the engine and rotor.
  • Air experience - an introduction to helicopter flight.
  • Effects of controls - what the controls do in forward flight.
  • Attitude and power changes - power, attitude and thus speed change.
  • Level flight, climbing, descending and turning.
  • Basic Autorotation - "gliding" a helicopter.
  • Hovering.
  • Take off and landing.
  • Transitions - leaving the hover to achieve forward flight and returning to the hover from forward flight.
  • Circuits - an exercise to practise accuracy within a circuit at an aerodrome.
  • First solo - the first of 10 hours pilot in command.
  • Sideways and backward manoeuvres.
  • Turns on the spot - turning through 360 degrees in the hover.
  • Vortex ring - the nearest event to a stall in a helicopter.
  • Engine off landing - how to "glide" a helicopter and land safely without the engine running.
  • Advanced Autorotation - "advanced gliding".
  • Forced landings - an autorotation to a selected landing area.
  • Steep turns - turning the aircraft at more extreme angles of bank than normal.
  • Transitions from the hover to the hover at low altitude.
  • Quick stops - coming to the hover rapidly but safely from cruise speed at low altitude.
  • Pilot navigation - navigating a helicopter away from an aerodrome including all radio instruction for complying with Air Traffic Control.
  • Advanced Take offs, landings and transitions.
  • Advanced take-offs and landings on sloping ground.
  • Limited power operations - operating a helicopter with limited power.
  • Confined area - how to approach, enter, manoeuvre and depart from confined area safely, i.e. a clearing, small field or helicopter landings site.


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