Private Pilot’s Licence

Learning to fly helicopters is the world’s best kept secret! The Private Pilot€™’s Licence, or PPL(H), grants you a licence to fly recreationally, but not for hire or reward (so you can take your friends and family flying as long as you’re not getting paid to fly). It is however the first step towards a professional licence as you can’t progress onto your commercial studies without it.

Obtaining your PPL(H) with Helicentre Aviation also means you are eligible to apply for our Commercial Pilot Scholarship, or our BSc (Hons) Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) degree course. Both of these options provide the successful applicant with significant reductions on the cost of training up to the point you qualify as a professional pilot.

Pre-entry Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an EASA Class 2 medical certificate (prior to first solo)

Course Requirements

  • A minimum of 45 hours flight instruction
  • At least 25 hours dual instruction
  • At least 10 hours supervised solo flight
  • Pass nine ground examinations
  • Pass a radiotelphony practical exam
  • Pass a PPL(H) skill test with a CAA examiner

What's included?

Our all-inclusive PPL(H) course is includes the following and is based on the minimum hours required by regulation:

  • One year’s membership (landing fees, tea, coffee, wifi etc.)
  • Starter pack (flight bag, books and flight planning equipment)
  • 45 hours Cabri G2 flight instruction (dual or supervised solo)
  • Around 50 hours of classroom-based ground breifings
  • 10 hours one-to-one theoretical knowledge instruction
  • nine theoretical knowledge examination attempts
  • Radiotelephony practical examination
  • Up two hours aircraft hire for the PPL(H) skill test
  • Examiner fee for the PPL(H) skill test


This course offers significant savings compared to paying as you fly. You can even spread the cost over three interest-free installments.

You should be aware that it may take longer than the minimum hours in order to meet the standard required to pass the skill test and you may need to arrange some additional flight training hours.

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Lewis, Kent

“I'm an 18 year old trainee pilot, and since my first day here it couldn’t have been better. Helicentre's fleet is state-of-the-art, the staff are amazing and words cannot describe how hard working and down to earth they are. The road to becoming a professional helicopter pilot definitely starts here!”

Lee, London

"Helicentre Aviation has provided the perfect training environment. Their professional and knowledgeable instructors form part of a very friendly, efficient and supportive team. Choosing Helicentre to take my first step into the industry has been the best decision of my flying career so far"

Damien, Leicester

“A fantastic hidden gem. The centre has a collection of highly professional and passionate trainers together with a vast knowledge base and training materials. For those who want to learn to fly helicopters, this is THE one-stop-shop”