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Commercial Pilots
Licence Helicopter (CPL (H) with IFR)


Exciting & 
Rewarding Career

Henley Air Flight School offers top-notch helicopter pilot training with some of the best instructors in the country, providing a strong foundation for aspiring pilots.

The Commercial Pilots License Helicopter (CPL(H)) enables individuals to work as helicopter pilots for charter companies and receive payment for their flying services. To obtain this license, applicants must complete an additional 150 hours of flight time, which includes both dual instruction and solo flight. Additionally, they may need to pass up to 10 theoretical examinations if they are seeking an Instrument Rating.

Acquiring a CPL(H) requires a shift in mindset from recreational flying to the responsibility of transporting passengers and cargo. It demands a professional and grounded attitude. While obtaining this license requires a significant investment of time and money, it is the first step towards an exciting and rewarding career in aviation.

Everything you need to know about your CPL(H) with IFR

What you will learn

•General navigation •Principles of flight •VFR communications •Air law •Meteorology •Helicopter airframes & systems •Instruments •Radio navigation •Mass & balance •Flight planning & monitoring •Human performance & limitations •Performance •Operational procedures •IFR communications

Description of our CPL(H) with IFR

A Commercial Pilots License Helicopter (CPL(H)) allows the holder to work for a charter company as a helicopter pilot, while being remunerated for their flying services. The license involves an additional 150 Hours comprising of dual instruction and solo flight, as well as up to 10 theoretical examinations depending on whether an Instrument Rating is sought. A CPL(H) involves a mind shift from recreational flying to the transport of passengers and cargo, with a corresponding professional and grounded attitude. This license represents a significant investment in time and money but is the first step involved when commencing an exciting and rewarding career in aviation. Helicopter pilot training at Henley Air Flight School is underpinned by some of the best instructors in the country.

The South African minimum requirements for CPL(H) with IFR training

•18 Years or older •PPL(H) and Night Rating •Radio Telephony: Restricted Radio License •CPL(H) Skills Test Completed •Fluent in English (Speak, read, write, and understand) and pass the English Proficiency Examination •A Class I or II Aviation Medical. oWe will assist you with booking your Aviation Medical appointment.

Ground School Subjects: approx. 40hours

•Commercial test preparation. •A requirement for the CPL(H) is to attend a Ground School on all the below mentioned subjects and to pass their applicable SACAA Examinations. •You must pass a Practical Flying Test with a Grade I, Designated Flight Examiner (DE) assigned by the SACAA. •The CPL(H) will, on average, take you between 12 to 18 months to complete if done on a full-time basis. However, you have 36 months to complete your training after writing and passing the last subject Examination. •The hour building stage toward the 100 hours PIC requirement can be completed on one of our fleet of helicopters or Bell222 simulator. •SACAA CPL(H) Subject Credits: 1.Human Performance 2.Air Law 3.Aircraft Technical and General 4.Meteorology 5.Radio Aids 6.Instruments & Electronics 7.Flight Planning 8.Navigation 9.Instrument Law & Procedures

Our Preferred Helicopters for your CPL(H) Training

The R44 helicopter offers immense potential to skilled pilots who possess solid foundational flight skills. Its two-bladed rotor system and governor throttle system greatly enhance its performance. In the realm of commercial aviation, the R44 is truly exceptional, boasting additional seats, impressive passenger capacity, and extended range capabilities. We also have the option to train you on a turbine only platform on our Bell JetRanger helicopters. At Henley Air Flight School, we take pride in maintaining a fleet of turbines, enabling us to provide various licensing opportunities. From comprehensive training programs and turbine conversions to chartering services, we offer a wide range of options to enhance your skills and expand your license ratings. With our commitment to excellence, we ensure that you have access to top-notch resources for your aviation endeavors.

Pass Requirements for your Commercial Pilot License Helicopter (CPL(H) with IFR

A pass mark of at least 75% is required for all your examinations. Total of 8 examinations (9 with instrument rating) are required.

Flight Hours

Min 200 hours Total Flight time: -Minimum of 100 hours flying as Pilot-in-Command (The total combined PIC hours, including PPL and CPL, must be 100 hours). -Minimum of 40 hours Instrument Training (of which no more than 20 hrs may be accumulated on a simulator) (Recommended, but not required). -20 hours of cross-country flight time as PIC, including one flight of not less than 150 NM, during which full-stop landings at not less than two different points away from base shall have been made. -Minimum of 5 night flying hours as PIC (Recommended, but not required).

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