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Advance you aviation career and get your Commercial Pilots Licence Helicopter (CPL(H)).

A Commercial Pilots Licence 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.

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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.

What You’ll Learn with our CPL(H):

  • 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

Our Preferred Helicopters for your CPL 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.

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)):

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

The South African minimum requirements for helicopter training are:

  • 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.

    • We will assist you with booking your Aviation Medical appointment

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)

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:

  • Human Performance

  • Air Law

  • Aircraft Technical and General

  • Meteorology

  • Radio Aids

  • Instruments & Electronics

  • Flight Planning

  • Navigation

  • Instrument Law & Procedures



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