The goal of the Professional Pilots Program is to give our customers the skills, qualifications and experience they require to enter into the commercial world as a pilot.

This involves taking our students through each qualification step by step until they reach the Certified Flight Instructor Instrument level.

Starting at the Private pilot’s license, the student progresses through the Instrument Rating and Commercial pilot’s license. The pilot then completes the course with the two levels of flight instructor, CFI and CFII.

This integrated course provides a student all of the training necessary to begin their future as a professional helicopter pilot.

Once you have reached the end of the last stage you will have approximately 200 hours of flight time. The last stage of the process is to increase your flight hours, skills and experience up towards 1,000 hours. Although there are different ways to complete this stage the most common is to work as a flight instructor.


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.


The following tests and examinations are required for the Professional Pilot’s course:

  • FAA Medical Certificate
  • PPL Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • PPL Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test)
  • Instrument Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • Instrument Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test)
  • CPL Knowledge Test (Written Test)
  • CPL Practical Test (Oral and Flight Test)


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 Professional Pilot course in 10 – 12 months.

Training Time
Dual Training Time (R22) 85 hours
Solo Training Time (R22) 80 hours
Dual Training Time (R44) 35 hours
Ground Training Time 250 hours