Getting Private Pilot License

Privileges and Limitations
A private pilot license allows you to fly a helicopter an carry passengers and baggage, although not for compensation or hire. Operating expenses may be shared with other passengers.
Eligibility Requirements
Be at least 17 years of age
Obtain an FAA medical certificate
Pass an FAA written examination
Pass an FAA oral and flight test
Obtain 40 hours of flight time including 10 hours of solo
Aeronautical Experience
Must log at least 40 hours minimum flight time that includes 20 hours of flight training and 10 hours of solo that includes at least:
3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter
3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter
10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter
Private Pilot Add-on Helicopter
20 hours of flight training in a helicopter
10 hours of solo in a helicopter
Estimate of Private
The following course are based on FAA minimum times. Individual completion times may vary depending on training requirements, scheduling, and ability.
R44 $600/hour R22 $350/hour
40 hours flight instruction (Typical time 50 - 80 hours) $24,000 $14,000
20 hours ground instruction (Typical time 50 - 100 hours) $1,700 $1,700
Pilot starter kits including headset $878 $878
Medical examination $150 $150
Written test $170 $170
FAA flight test $700 $700
Solo insurance $750 $750
(Typical cost)