A Private Pilot License (also known a a ‘PPL’) allows a pilot to fly a helicopter and to carry passengers. A PPL allows you to be able to take friends and family on flights as long as the flight is not for hire or reward. Some private pilots also use helicopters for personal transportation.

However, for many individuals, the private pilot’s license for is the first step to building helicopter piloting experience and developing a career as a professional helicopter pilot.

What it takes to obtain a Private Pilot License – PPL

For the Private Pilot License you will have to undertake ground school and study some important topics, such as navigation and the principles of flight. This accompanies your flight training and follows our proven syllabus to get you flying proficiently.

The instruction needed to obtain a PPL and requisite learning builds in key stages towards the first big step in your flying career – your first solo flight!

As your training continues you will learn more advanced skills such as, cross country flight, landing into confined areas and airport procedures. Instruction and training that builds up to your final flight test with an FAA examiner – and your first helicopter pilot’s license!


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

  • There is no lower age limit to start PPL training.
  • To fly solo in the aircraft, a student does need to be 16 years of age.
  • To obtain a PPL certificate, the student needs to be 17 years of age.
  • The student needs to be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • There are different requirements for International Students.


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

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


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

All of Los Angeles 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 PowerPoint presentations, video training and coming soon, an online digital syllabus.

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 and confidence.

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 Private Pilot course in 4 – 6 weeks.

Part 141: Minimum Time Average Completion Time
Dual Training Time 20 hours 48 hours
Solo Training Time 15 hours 10 hours
Ground Training Time 35 hours 75 hours