Commercial Pilot Certificate Course — Additional Rating

50 clock hours (30 flight, 20 ground)
Completion Time: 5 weeks

Course Objectives

This course is designed for a student who holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate but does not hold a helicopter rating. During the course the student will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully complete the Commercial Pilot practical test for helicopters administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Commercial Pilot Certificate with a helicopter rating is a prerequisite for enrollment in the Flight Instructor Certificate Course.

Course Description

During the flight component of the course, the student will learn to perform basic and advanced maneuvers, including pinnacle and confined area operations, to a high degree of skill. Emphasis will be placed on operating safely and competently in the off-airport environment. The student will receive advanced training in emergency procedures, with extensive practice in 180-degree autorotations and power-limited landing situations.

During the ground component of the training, the student will acquire the knowledge required to operate safely as a commercial helicopter pilot within the guidelines of the Federal Aviation Regulations. He or she will examine the privileges and limitations of a Commercial Pilot, considerations of operating “for hire,” and elements of cockpit resource management.

The course includes three stages as outlined in Quantum Helicopters’ Commercial Pilot Certificate Course Syllabus. Each stage must be completed successfully before the student may proceed to the next stage. Successful completion is determined by oral evaluation, written testing and a flight skills evaluation, administered by the Chief Flight Instructor, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor or a check pilot. Upon successful completion of the final stage, the student will be considered eligible for the Commercial Pilot helicopter FAA practical test.

Course Outline and Hours

  • Dual VFR Flight Training 25
  • Dual IFR Flight Training 5
  • Ground Training 20


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