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Commercial Pilot Licence - CPL(H)

If you want to fly helicopters as a career you must hold a Commercial Pilot Licence (H) which allows for remuneration for the piloting services provided. 

The course requires a minimum of 35 flight hours including five hours of night experience that is necessary for the issue of a Night Rating. If a Night Rating is already held then the minimum requirement is reduced to just 30 hours.

The aim of the CPL(H) course is to train PPL(H) holders to the level of expertise necessary to fly as a professional pilot.


Commercial Pilot Licence - CPL(H) — Course Syllabus


  • An applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • An applicant must hold a valid UK Class 1 medical certificate.
  • An applicant must hold at least a valid Private Pilots Licence (H).
  • An applicant must have passed all the professional theoretical CPL(H) or ATPL(H) exams.
  • An applicant must have completed 155 hours flight experience, including 50 hours as Pilot in Command of which at least 10 hours must be cross-country.


License Validity:

  • All CAA licences are valid for life.


Theoretical CPL(H) or ATPL(H) Exams, including 500 or 750 hours Knowledge Instruction:

CPL/ATPL Theoretical Subjects

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight planning and Flight Monitoring
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Performance
  • Mass and Balance
  • Communications (VFR + IFR)


CPL(H) Skill Test: 

  • Section 1: Pre-flight and post flight checks and procedures.
  • Section 2: Hover manoeuvres, advanced handling and confined areas.
  • Section 3: Navigation - en-route procedures.
  • Section 4: Flight procedures and manoeuvres by sole reference to instruments.
  • Section 5: Abnormal and emergency procedures.