A Commercial certificate is required to act as pilot of a helicopter for compensation or hire.
It is the minimum requirement for students wanting to start a career in aviation.

The Commercial pilot training builds on the skills learned during the Private pilot license, perfecting flight skills to a higher level of precision. Training focuses on those skills a pilot will encounter in their professional careers. These include off airport landings, confined area / pinnacle landings and cross country flights.

Ground training goes deeper into the subjects from the Private pilot’s license, and covers the regulations and considerations necessary to a Commercial pilot. The course emphasizes safety, good aeronautical decision making and good practices for a professional pilot.

Often students take their Instrument Rating during the commercial training, a way to build the required hours towards the Commercial Pilot Certificate.


To begin Commercial pilot training, the student will have to meet the following FAA requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold an FAA Private Pilot’s certificate
  • The student needs to be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.


The following tests and examinations are required for the Commercial Pilot’s License:

  • CPL Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • CPL Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test, undertaken by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner)


LA Helicopters Part 141 Private Pilot’s training course comprises of classroom-based ground school and flight training.

All of LA Helicopter’s ground school training is provided on a one-on-one basis (no large groups of students). Our experienced Certified Flight Instructors (CFIs) provide the highest level of training, using fully equipped classrooms with projected Powerpoint presentations and video training.

As a Private Pilot student you will be introduced to key subjects, such as the principles of flight, navigation, weather and aviation regulations. Regular stage checks will ensure you are able to pass your FAA written exams with ease.

The flight training will be conducted in the two seat Robinson R22 (or the larger R44 aircraft on request). Training will follow our FAA Part 141 syllabus and will take place at Long Beach airport, local airports and in the Los Angeles vicinity.


Assuming a full time schedule (6 Days per Week, 4-6 hours training per day) a student can expect to complete the Commercial Pilot course in 4 – 6 months, including the Private Pilot’s course.

Part 141: Minimum Time Average Completion Time
Dual Training Time 30 hours 45 hours
Solo Training Time 85 hours 70 hours
Ground Training Time 30 hours 30 hours