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FAQ: Flugschule

01. Do I need special skills for my training?

Flying a helicopter is a demanding job in itself, regardless of whether you want to do it professionally or privately.
Since the helicopter must be stabilized and controlled in all three dimensions of the room, it is very helpful if you have a well developed coordination and spatial imagination.

For the theoretical training you should have a good basic understanding of mathematics and physics in order to be able to acquire knowledge from the various areas such as engine science, aerodynamics or navigation. Last but not least, a basic knowledge of English is required, as numerous manuals and procedures are in this internationally applied aviation language.

Of course, the vertical range of manufacture of the theoretical training is strongly dependent on whether you decide to train as a private pilot or a commercial pilot.

Above all, however, they should have a good portion of fun and motivation for training as a helicopter pilot, because these are the most important virtues at the end of the day, which one needs, in order to become fair a fastidious aeronautical activity.

Just contact us - together with our experienced flight instructors we will look at your qualifications, evaluate your entry requirements and advise you on the possibilities of a solid pilot training.

02. When does my training as a helicopter pilot begin?

In principle, we try to bring you closer to your dream of flying as quickly as possible, regardless of whether you are aiming for a private or professional job as a helicopter pilot.

The demand for the various training courses is naturally subject to a certain fluctuation. In addition, regardless of economic interests, we always try to form a course in the sense of a "class", as it is becoming easier and easier to learn from experience within a group, because pedagogically meaningful synergy effects can be used.

As a rule, this results in two courses per year - one in spring and one in autumn - for which both the candidates for a private pilot license (PPL) and the candidates for a professional pilot license (CPL / ATPL) can start their training together and begin their first theory lessons.

Due to the fact that in any case, regardless of your training objective, you will complete part of your theoretical training within the framework of a distance learning course, this also results in a certain flexibility in terms of time, especially for training as a private pilot.

The start of your practical training is determined, together with your flight instructors, then in pedagogically meaningful accordance with your progress in theoretical training. Of course, we also take your individual wishes and your schedule options into account in order to provide you with a "complete package" that fits your needs.

03. Can I get a taste of the lessons or a flying lesson in advance?

This is not a problem at all and is highly recommended.

You get to know us, and we get to know you.

You are always welcome to take a trial course with us.

After a one-hour introduction to the basics of helicopter flying, take a seat in the cockpit of one of our training machines. An experienced flight instructor will show you the first flight manoeuvers and you may of course take the wheel yourself under expert guidance. We guarantee you - the spark of the fascination of helicopter flying will jump over you and the trial course will become an unforgettable experience for you.

04. Is my training also possible on weekends?

That's not a problem in itself. Our team is ready for you every day of the week. However, relatively strict noise protection rules apply in Germany, which partly regulate and restrict flying, especially training at weekends. In addition, our flight instructors are obliged to strictly observe the legal regulations on flight duty and rest periods. Ultimately, it is a question of joint planning to present your training as far as possible on weekends. But in short - it is not a problem and it is only a question of joint voting.

05. How safe is helicopter flying?

Flying itself is safe.

And this is not just a statement spoken from the gut, but also statistically proven.
Nevertheless, flight safety is not given by nature, and certainly does not function according to the "principle of chance".

Safety when flying is - in the best case - "produced" every day anew.

At Heli Transair we like to talk about a "safety culture" and this culture only works at a professionally high level if everyone involved in the process participates - and this in turn presupposes that from the very first minute of training the next generation grows into precisely this safety culture, experiences it and then also lives it itself. At this point, the circle quickly gets bigger, because safety when flying must be lived by all parties involved, for example also by the affiliated aviation technical company.

We, the team of Heli Transair, have committed ourselves to the guiding principle of the safety culture and will train and accompany you from the very beginning of your pilot training to the successful completion of your training and beyond in this sense.

And please - take a look at us, if we will "ride around" again and again on the point of "safety" within the scope of your training, because there are no compromises for us when it comes to safety.

06. What is the purpose of training in the simulator?

Simulators have become an indispensable part of modern (and contemporary) pilot training.

At the push of a button, we take you today in the simulator to exactly THE point in the training where we explain a connection to you, demonstrate a flight partner or, however, want to repeat an important exercise with you over and over again.

In addition to an educational gain, this also has economic advantages for you, as we can train certain procedures with you at much more favorable conditions than would be possible in a "real" helicopter, for example.

In addition, the simulator gives us the opportunity to train certain emergency procedures with you that cannot be displayed in the helicopter itself, such as certain system failures or a total loss of the tail rotor.

The simulator tolerates misconduct that the helicopter does not forgive on the green field outside - we can also teach you important training content by showing you what may NOT happen.

Thus we consider the simulator to be an economical and safety-technically unbeatable training tool, which we will integrate into your training in a meaningful way.

At this point, however, it must also be said that the simulator cannot and should not replace everything. That is why you will still train the "classic" emergency procedures with us with experienced flight instructors in the helicopter yourself, because the real "bottom feeling" - you only get that on the real machine.

Trust us - we will find the perfect mix for you.

07. What materials do I need for my training?

As a helicopter pilot you need a lot of tools.

No matter if it's a notepad, pencil or cards. No matter whether navigation computer, ruler or knee board.

We have a first starter kit ready for you, with which you are well equipped for your basic training.

You yourself will develop further wishes in the course of your training progress, because - let's face it - every pilot needs his personal "toy" at the end of the day. We will be happy to give you the appropriate tips based on our many years of experience.

08. Which helicopter can and may I fly after the exam?

In principle, you may fly any helicopter with your purchased license.

BUT - Beware of trap!

Each individual helicopter type is bound to a corresponding type rating, a so-called "Typerating" in New German.
Upon successful completion of your examination, you will be issued your pilot's license by the responsible authority, which will then include the type rating of the type on which you have completed your training and passed your examination. You may then fly this sample with the receipt of your license within the scope of the acquired rights (private or commercial).

If you want to fly another or another helicopter model, you are free to do so at any time, provided you have purchased the necessary typerating.

We at Heli Transair also offer such training courses for further type ratings, which, in addition to theoretical instruction, usually range from 5 to 10 training hours in the new helicopter type and which are concluded with another examination flight to obtain the type rating.

Here, too, we will be happy to advise you individually.

09. How long is my PPL or CPL license valid and where can I complete my check flights?

The license you have acquired (PPL or CPL) forms the foundation of your flying qualifications and privileges.

The license itself is valid without limit, which is, however, subject to certain conditions.

For example, you must prove your medical fitness at regular, specified intervals and provide other evidence that confirms your reliability as a pilot in the broadest sense (e.g. police clearance certificate, background check, excerpt from the central traffic register).

However, the validity of your pilot license is primarily based on the validity of the type rating(s) contained in it on certain helicopter types.

We will be happy to explain the requirements to be met for the extension of a type rating, including the final necessary check flight, in a personal conversation. At Heli Transair we offer you not only the formally prescribed check flights on certain helicopter types operated by us, but also appropriate refresher courses with which we prepare you for the successful completion of a checkl flight, in the event that you have completed little or no flying hours on a type in the course of the last year before the expiry of the type rating.

The possibilities are many and varied - we will find the right solution for you.

10. Can I charter after my training with Heli Transair?

Of course you can also charter helicopters with us after completing your training.

We look forward to accompanying and supporting you in your further aviation career beyond your training.

The formalities required for a charter contract are manageable and very simple.

Tell us what we can do for you and we will make it possible - no matter whether you want to take off for a short sightseeing flight over the Rhine-Main or start an excursion beyond Germany's borders.

11. What are my prospects after my training?

There is hardly a question that is more difficult to answer than this one. The world of helicopter pilots in Germany is relatively small, one could almost say - everyone knows everyone. According to this, the market is also manageable, but it exists and there is of course a regular demand for young pilots. Your professional prospects definitely do not only depend on your purely aeronautical performance. Rather, it is about the "total package" that you develop on the way to your successful completion of training, to your license. Are you a responsible person? Take the initiative? Are you reliable and determined? Can you feel your enthusiasm and motivation for flying? If you are able to combine these virtues with good flying performance and a solid theoretical knowledge of flying, or at least can communicate the recognizable potential to the outside world, then you have a good chance of finding a quick entry into professional helicopter flying and gradually develop yourself further and work hard.

Against the background of this knowledge, we at Heli Transair attach great importance to providing you with constructive support in these areas as part of your training.

A glance at our own "Hall of Fame" shows that many graduates of our flight school can now look back on remarkable professional careers and have realized their childhood dream at the helm of a rescue helicopter, for example. You put your iron in the fire - we help you to forge it, true to the motto - everyone is the architect of his own luck.

12. What can I fly with my CPL license?

In principle, you may fly any helicopter with your purchased license.

BUT - Beware of trap!

Each individual helicopter type is bound to a corresponding type rating, a so-called "Typerating" in New German.

Upon successful completion of your examination, you will be issued your pilot's license by the responsible authority, which will then include the type rating of the type on which you have completed your training and passed your examination. You may then fly this sample with the receipt of your license within the scope of the acquired rights (private or commercial).

If you want to fly another or another helicopter model, you are free to do so at any time, provided you have purchased the necessary typerating.

We at Heli Transair also offer such training courses for further type ratings, which, in addition to theoretical instruction, usually range from 5 to 10 training hours in the new helicopter type and which are concluded with another examination flight to obtain the type rating.

Here, too, we will be happy to advise you individually.

13. How can I collect flying lessons after my training?

If you hold a commercial license for helicopters (CPL), then you will generally find your first entry into professional aviation by carrying out sightseeing flights. Here you will gain first, very good and solid experiences as a responsible helicopter pilot, or in New German - Pilot in Command - in a still relatively simple flying environment, which corresponds to your level of experience as a professional beginner. You will learn how to deal with passengers, how to guide people and how to plan and carry out flight missions independently. If you ask a professional helicopter pilot today about his first flying jumps after receiving the license, you will hardly find one who can't tell you about his first sightseeing flights and various funny anecdotes from these days.

Besides various companies all over Germany, we at Heli Transair are always looking for young pilots to support our team of regular pilots on sightseeing flights, and so many a career in aviation took its course. And of course we all prefer to recruit this new generation from among our own former flight students, because after two years of intensive cooperation we ourselves know best that you are our trusted man or woman.

14. What are the advantages of the training on the Cabri G2 compared to the Robinson R22?

There's a time for everything. With the Robinson R22, we can look back on a small helicopter that has come of age (back), which has done its services and at least for us at Heli Transair has meanwhile entered well-deserved retirement. With the Guimbal Cabri G2 we have opted for a successor model that is more than convincing in many respects. It would be far too easy just to say that the Cabri is just modern compared to the R22. De Facto, however, this helicopter was designed with a good touch of technical experience from the aviation know-how of Eurocopter / Airbus and thus combines numerous modern and contemporary industry standards in its design. For us at Heli Transair the advantages are quickly summed up - the Cabri combines very good-natured flight characteristics with versatility, works very reliably and has very good safety standards that predestine it for training and use by charter customers. In short - this helicopter is small, but very fine and just a lot of fun.

15. What do I have to do to be able to fly in the air rescue later?

Well - what for many pilots of airplanes the dream of Jumbo Jet flying is for helicopter pilots the dream of rescue flying.

Just as an airplane pilot does not climb from the Cessna to the Jumbo, a helicopter pilot climbs from the Cabri into the rescue helicopter.

If one asked older generations about this matter, one would probably receive the banal answer that apprenticeship years are not master years. As simple as this phrase sounds, there is so much truth and rightness in it. You can't walk well in shoes that are much too big, you have to grow into them first. And so it is with flying. The many hundreds of hours you spend on helicopters on sightseeing flights, business flights and other flight missions let you mature in experience and form your solid aeronautical backbone, which you need when you take over the helm of a rescue helicopter one day, and are the responsible helicopter pilot for complicated rescue missions in a very demanding and versatile working environment. This requirement profile is also met by the two major carriers of the rescue airworthiness in Germany, the ADAC and the German Air Rescue Service, by defining specific entry requirements, which generally require several years of flying experience of at least 1,000 to 1,500 flying hours for their applicants. Think of it this way - the way is the goal, and you should simply take this time consciously in your aeronautical development. Good things take time.

16. Can I fly with Heli Transair after my training?

Unfortunately, we cannot answer your question at this point in the way you would probably like to hear it. Due to the size of our flight operations, our own needs for pilots are relatively manageable and, above all, they are subject to irregular fluctuations. However, a look at our current pilot corps shows that a large number of our full-time professional pilots were generated from our own junior staff. Some of our former flight students are now even in our
flight instructor team and are actively involved in communicating and improving our high standards.

If you are a committed member of our team during your training, have a reliable presence and develop very well in aviation, then you have at least done the best you can to signal to us that you have an increased interest in working in our team after successful completion of the training. Possible options then arise on the basis of the current personnel situation and the requirements of our flight operations. Experience shows - as already mentioned - possibilities open up again and again.

17. Will I be paid during my training at Heli Transair?

During your training as a professional helicopter pilot you are only subject to the regulations of the training contract until the successful completion of your training and receive no remuneration whatsoever.

18. Is there Bafög?

According to the current state of affairs and based on the currently valid legal situation, it is unfortunately not yet possible to obtain Bafög. However, the relevant applications have been submitted to the responsible authorities and decision-making bodies, so it remains to be seen whether the legal situation will change in the foreseeable future, and the grants from the Bafög can also be used in the context of training as a professional helicopter pilot. We hope for an early clarification of the situation.

19. What is the payment procedure during my training at Heli Transair?

The terms of payment are agreed in the training contract between you and Heli Transair.

In principle, no advance services are required for practical flight training, but only the costs incurred and invoiced for the flight training course actually completed. Each invoice contains a transparent breakdown of the costs.

For the theoretical training, the total cost of the theory course will be charged at a flat rate from the beginning of the first day of the course for the sake of simplicity.

We would be happy to explain the exact modalities and possibilities of financing in a personal meeting.

20. Which documents are required in advance for my training and where can I apply for them?

The documents and proof required before the start of training must be provided as follows in accordance with legal requirements:

  • Copy of your identity card
  • Medical Class 1 for commercial pilots and Medical Class 2 for private pilots (medical examination)
  • Reliability check according to §7 LuftPersV
  • Extract from the FAER driving aptitude register (not older than 6 months)
  • Proof of first aid or immediate measures at the place of accident
  • 3 passport photographs

We will be happy to explain to you in a personal conversation how and where you can obtain these documents and proofs. Especially with regard to the necessary aviator medical examination, we would like to recommend you to the aviation physician of our confidence.

21. What are the advantages of studying in connection with my training as a commercial pilot?

The dual training course, which includes a course of study, has the advantage in principle that the bottom line is that you qualify higher and more versatile and that, in addition to aviation, you build up a second, close-to-field foothold with which you will later be more flexible. This could have a positive effect, for example, in the event that you have to bridge a certain waiting period before your first job as a professional pilot, in which you can work elsewhere and earn money. Of course, it can also never hurt if you continue your professional training in the broadest sense of the word and improve your qualifications, which can possibly have a positive influence on your application chances.

At this point, however, it must also be clearly stated that a combined course of study is by no means to be regarded as an absolute MUST, and professional pilot training can of course also be completed very well without a course of study and is absolutely not bound to it.

This question may also have to be considered in a differentiated way and looks fundamentally different for a newly graduated high school graduate than for an applicant who already has a completed vocational training, a degree or another profession.

22. How and where can I find out about training at Heli Transair?

We, the team of Heli Transair, are always available for you. Many questions are best clarified in a personal conversation. You tell us your goals and motivation and we can talk from the sewing box, tell you about our own experiences and give you individual advice. Usually the first contact is made by telephone. Afterwards we would like to invite you to an absolutely non-binding, personal discussion in the premises of our home base. In the case of our (usually younger) school leavers, it is quite common that the parents also accompany this conversation and get a personal impression. You will also have the opportunity to meet our pilots, take a seat in one of our helicopters and smell the unmistakable smell of kerosene.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time - we look forward to welcoming you and getting to know you.

23. Do drones gradually take the "workplace" away from helicopters?

A clear "NO" at this point. Drones have their legitimate segment of the market, but they will never be able to replace a helicopter. And this neither with regard to their range of applications nor against the background of flight safety. After decades of experience at Heli Transair, we can rightly claim that there are very good reasons to put a person at the wheel of a helicopter and not leave the control to a computer or to technology alone. And we guarantee you - at the end of your training you will confirm this statement without reservation.

24. Do you have to fly several helicopter types to find a job later?

No - in principle you don't have to.

Of course, it is an advantage if you can already come up with various type ratings in the license, because then you can simply be used more flexibly as a pilot.

On the other hand, however, it does not really help you if you invest a lot to "adorn yourself" with type ratings on helicopters on which you cannot prove any real flying experience, i.e. start from scratch.

But we can give you a good example - the Robinson R44 helicopter is currently a popular classic and is used by many airlines for round and simple work flights - the sector where you are most likely to start your career as a professional pilot. Having such a typerating already in the license is definitely an advantage from today's perspective.

For example, we offer you the opportunity to purchase your R44 Typerating as part of your CPL training (which in itself takes place on Cabri G2) at economically fair conditions in order to then bring along good entry requirements as a career starter. You do not have to make the decision at the beginning of your training - a suitable implementation is also easily possible up to the last third of your training. Here too - ask us, and we will advise you and find a solution.


25. Is it possible and useful to do a part-time job during my training?

Basically it is possible to do a part-time job during your training as a professional pilot.

However, the training is very demanding and you will have a lot of material to deal with and a lot of inputs to process in about 2 years training time. Intensive self-study of the theoretical material, intensive preparation of the classroom seminars of the distance learning course as well as thorough preparation and follow-up of the flying lessons in the practical training are a prerequisite and guarantee that you can complete your training optimally and also achieve a high-quality, successful conclusion in the end.

In addition, you cannot extend your training period indefinitely because specific deadlines must be met due to legal requirements.

So you have to decide for yourself whether and how you can get a part-time job under one roof parallel to your training with us, because only you know the limits of your performance and ability to work under pressure best. There is no doubt that there is also a certain bandwidth, because a part-time job is not just a part-time job.

In principle, the more you can concentrate on your training with us, the better the result you can achieve with your degree. So be honest with yourself and find yourself the golden mean.

26. Is everything included in the fixed price and what additional costs will I have to pay?

We always strive to give you a realistic calculation of the costs incurred at the beginning of your training and also to present and explain this to you in a transparent manner.

Neither you nor we want to experience unpleasant surprises and for us cost transparency is ultimately also a question of seriousness and trust.

You will certainly understand, however, that a 100% fixed price guarantee can never be given.

For example, if you are absent for a longer period of time due to illness, this may mean that you have to do a refresher training to get back to the previous training stand. This additional measure also generates additional costs. In this case you would have to bear the risk yourself. Of course we are anxious to arrange additional training measures sensibly and to keep them to the smallest possible extent.

Nor can we predict at the beginning of your training whether the minimum hours required by law in terms of your individual performance will ultimately enable you to reach the level of readiness for the final examination that we require in order to let you take it with a clear conscience.

However, experience shows that the majority of our students get along very well with the framework set out at the beginning and achieve the training goal well. In rare exceptional cases, additional necessary training measures become apparent during the course of the training. In this case, we seek a timely discussion with you and find a joint, constructive solution to bring you to your goal.

Your satisfaction, not only with regard to the quality of your training, but also with regard to predictability of costs and transparency is extremely important to us.

27. What are the housing options during my training?

Since this question arises again and again, we are very well networked over the years and have good contacts to landlords in the more or less direct proximity to the Egelsbach airfield and our flight school.

Smaller apartments for individual use are available as well as larger properties that offer the possibility of a shared flat - at fair and affordable prices.

We are happy to establish the appropriate contacts.

28. How can I finance my training?

Financing your training is no problem at all.

We offer this opportunity in cooperation with various banks and service providers with whom we and our flight students have had very good experiences over the years.

The corresponding loans are specially designed for professional pilot training and offer fair conditions that do justice to the financial possibilities and general conditions of a career starter.

We are happy to establish the necessary contacts for you and here too - you are very welcome to hold a non-binding consultation with our cooperation partners, who will explain the possibilities in detail.

29. Where does my training as a helicopter pilot take place?

By far the largest part of your training, both in theory and in practice, will take place at our home base at Egelsbach Airport. If you are a student in Münstet-Osnabrück, your training will mainly take place in Münster-Osnabrück.

However, certain training phases can also be outsourced to other training locations in order to make use of certain resources, for example. Night flight training in Egelsbach, for example, is seasonally regulated and restricted by the operating hours of the airport - our branch office at Münster-Osnabrück airport, on the other hand, offers 24-7 operations all year round, so that we have more opportunities and flexibility at this point. A temporary change of training location also broadens the aeronautical horizon and can be easily integrated into the overall training program.

30. Where do I fly to during my training? Is it possible to fly abroad?

You will spend most of your flight training in the airspace of the Rhine-Main area. A significant part of your practical flight training will consist of the training of normal and emergency procedures, i.e. exercises and manoeuvers that you can train close to the airfield and for which you do not really have to fly far away, which is ultimately also a cost factor from an economic point of view. Besides Egelsbach you will get to know other airports such as Worms, Aschaffenburg, Mannheim, Reichelsheim or Mainz, which we usually integrate into our training.

Nevertheless, so-called "overland flying hours" have to be provided within the scope of practical training in order to familiarise you with large-scale navigation over longer distances. You will also plan and operate longer flights, for example to southern Germany or to the north in the direction of Münster-Osnabrück, our new branch office.

In recent years, we have also organized several larger excursions in which our flight students have participated accompanied by a flight instructor. For example to Aix-en-Provence in southern France, the home of our Cabri, or to the Aero air show in Friedrichshafen or to the annual Heli Days in Gmunden.

So you can be sure that you will take one or two delicacies with you on the way to your training and, of course, we will always be happy to meet your personal wishes from an educational point of view as well.

31. Can I take passengers with me during my training?

Short answer - NO this is unfortunately not possible, because it is forbidden by law.

But - remember your driving school time - even then you were not allowed to invite passengers when you did your laps with your driving instructor.

Passengers may invite you to fly as soon as they have a valid pilot license, either a PPL (for private purposes) or a CPL (then for private and/or commercial flights).

Should you complete a continuous training as a professional helicopter pilot (CPL) with us, it is possible that you will take a PPL test flight during your ongoing training and then already hold a private pilot licence (PPL) during your ongoing CPL training. In this way you would also have the opportunity (with relatively little extra effort) to invite passengers to fly outside your flight training for non-commercial purposes before completing your CPL training. If you are interested, we will be happy to explain the details to you.

32. Do I have to fly alone during my training?

The question itself is wrongly formulated. Better ask yourself - "may I fly alone during my training...?"
And the answer is yes, you may.

As part of your training as a private pilot, at least 10 hours of solo flying time are planned, for the training as a professional pilot it is even at least 50 hours in total.

Of course, as flight instructors we are very close behind you when you complete these solo flights and you will no doubt also slowly approach this big step of solo flight maturity.

Believe us - the moment when you fly a helicopter yourself for the first time without a flight instructor will be an unforgettable experience for you. Even experienced professional pilots of many years' standing are still raving about these memories, because - there is always only one first time.

We will prepare you perfectly for your first time and give you and us the security and confidence to fly a helicopter safely on your own.

In the further course of your flight training you will then not only fly solo flights around Egelsbach close to the airport, but also perform longer cross-country segments in order to constantly broaden your horizon. It is not for nothing that we speak of "free-flying" like it is called in parlence.

33. How long does my training as a helicopter pilot last?

Basically, the duration of your training depends on your learning curve, your progress and, of course, the time and intensity that you can devote to your training.

So one can complete the training as a private helicopter pilot effortlessly in 6 to 9 months, if one can invest compressed time, stay on the ball and the weather also plays along.

You can complete your training as a professional pilot in 18 months, provided that you work intensively on your progress, concentrate fully on your training and that the weather does not generate long downtime in the winter months at the end. With our commercial pilot candidates it is also an advantage if you live locally, do not have a time-consuming part-time job and can devote yourself entirely to your professional goals.

For realistic planning, it is therefore appropriate to estimate approximately 12 months for training as a private pilot and approximately 24 months for training as a professional pilot.

This time frame not only takes into account compliance with officially prescribed deadlines, but also guarantees you sustainable learning and processing of the extensive material.

Remember also that you should have fun during the whole training and thus not be too tight a time frame.

We will be happy to advise you individually, because there are different training concepts (continuous or modular training), especially with regard to commercial pilot training, which give you a certain flexibility depending on your time options.

34. Is there a minimum age at which I can start my training?

With regard to the minimum age, the following legal requirements must be observed:

  • Minimum age for solo flight - 16 years (PPL and CPL)
  • Minimum age for obtaining a private pilot license - 17 years (PPL)
  • Minimum age for obtaining a professional pilot license - 18 years (PPL)

These guidelines can be used to derive a meaningful, earliest possible start to a training course.

35. Can I make a PPL license first, then a CPL license?

This is possible without any problems and in the past we even had many graduates who took exactly this path.

In technical jargon, we call this training course "modular training".

In the modular training you first complete the training up to the acquisition of the private helicopter pilot licence, then collect a certain number of flying hours on your own responsibility in order to achieve the entry requirements for the training of professional pilots and then start the 35-hour flight training in the third and final module to acquire the professional helicopter pilot licence, including the night flying licence.

This way allows you a much longer time frame until the completion of your CPL due to the modular division and furthermore it gives you the possibility to fly on your own responsibility within the scope of your hourly collection phase, during which you may also invite friends or family to join you for non-commercial purposes.

Some of our former students also took the opportunity to fly helicopters with the PPL as a hobby in order to realize that he or she wants to develop this new passion into a job.

36. What credits do I get for my helicopter pilot training if I already have a PPL(A)?

As a PPL (A) holder you have several advantages.

First of all, the subjects of theoretical training are reduced to helicopter-specific topics, which also applies to the theoretical examination to be taken at the regional council. The subject matter to be mastered is therefore really very manageable.

As part of the practical training, you will receive 5 hours of flight training, in accordance with the current version of the rules and regulations such as FCL and EASA, so that your flight training will be discreetly shortened.

Your greatest benefit, however, should be that you are absolutely familiar with many learning contents, so that you can fully concentrate on flying the helicopter, since you already have more or less flying experience according to your level of experience in the broadest sense.

37. Am I allowed to fly abroad with my license?

Yes, you may. Your license is basically issued according to EASA standard, so that you can fly in all countries within the EU without any problems and also charter helicopters.

If you want to fly beyond the borders of the EU, for example in the USA, you can have your license rewritten, but you must observe country-specific regulations, which may vary from country to country. The spectrum ranges from a purely formal application/issuance to a theoretical and/or practical qualifying examination, i.e. a check flight in conjunction with a written or oral examination.

We will be happy to advise you in individual cases and also help you if you want to prepare for such a transfer.

In principle, the German pilot licenses have a high standard and a recognized, high-quality quality in international comparison, so that a description can usually take place within a manageable framework. However, this applies primarily to private, non-commercial purposes.

38. Am I allowed to take passengers with the PPL license?

Yes, passengers may also be carried with a PPL.

However, the provision clearly stipulates that carriage is only permitted for non-commercial purposes. Although it is permitted to have the cost price reimbursed by their passengers, the limit of misuse is fluid and the law requires private pilots to strictly adhere to the regulations. For example, if you advertise flights and at the end of the day foreign passengers "invite" passengers to you, then in a legal sense this is no longer a purely private purpose. Since there are certain grey areas in the legal situation and there is a lot of movement in the decision-making process, it is necessary to check the precise legal rules for details on a regular basis.

To put it in a nutshell - as the owner of a PPL you may invite friends and family as passengers to a flight, and as a quasi "nice gesture" you may at most be compensated for your provable cost price. In your own interest, you should set an example and take the legal situation to heart.