Commercial Helicopter Training


Want to take your flying to the next level?

If you would like to work as a Helicopter Pilot for remuneration you must hold a Commercial Licence.

We are fully approved to provide the necessary training for you to turn helicopter flying into a dream career.

To begin the course you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Hold a PPL(H)
  • Hold a Class 1 Medical
  • Have a total flight time of at least 155 hours, of which 50 must be as Pilot in Command and 10 of which ‘cross country’
  • Hold a valid type rating on the R44 – this can also be provided. We use the R44 for all of our training
  • Have gained a pass in all of either the CPL or ATPL Theoretical Examinations

If you have not yet passed your Theoretical Examinations you can get more information on the Caledonian Advanced Pilot Training website:

The flying course takes place from our base at Sherburn Airfield, North Yorkshire, and consists of 20 hours visual flying and 10 hours instrument flying (30 total) with emphasis on more accurate navigation and greater handling skill, with the aim of preparing you to safely carry trusting and fayre paying passengers. There is also a focus on decision making, and threat & error management skills.

The course is designed to take around a month on a full time basis, subject to weather and other operational factors.

Most candidates will also require 5 hours of night training in addition to the 30 hour course – unless you already hold the night rating.

On completion of the training and a successful test with a CAA Examiner, you are now in a position to be employed within the industry, usually in a starting role flying single engine helicopters such as the R44 or Bell 206.

If you need to BUILD HOURS to obtain the minimum requirement of “logged-time”, please contact us for our incredible “HOURS-BUILDING PACKAGE”.  WE WILL NOT BE BEATEN ON PRICE!

For further information please feel free to call us on 01977 680 206 or email


Helicopter cockpit