It does not matter where you are from in the world, or what age you may be, if you have the interest of learning how to fly then you have come to the right place. You are here to relish the ultimate challenge of learning how to fly a helicopter and obtaining a Private Pilot Licence!
Whether your goal is to take your friends flying past the gorgeous table mountain or for lunch at one of the spectacular vineyards throughout the Western Cape or you just want that ultimate sensation of being able to pilot a helicopter, then a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence gives you the flying freedom to achieve those dreams.
Based out of Cape Town International Airport our courses are all tailored to your individual requirements and your time frame, so regardless of your other commitments we can support you all the way from your first induction flight, to the day you have passed your PPL flight test.
Your momentous achievement opens up a whole new world of possibilities where you will never stop being in awe of what you can do. You could join us on fly-away weekends or show your friends and family around South Africa by air. This skill can never be taken away and can always be used anywhere in the world.
From your first lesson of effects of controls at altitude which enables you to get a feel for the controls one by one for the first time and perform the basic manoeuvres and procedures of a helicopter. Then you will progress to practising climbing and descending, turns and develop your skills near the ground at the hover, which is a bit like juggling five balls all at the same time! You will quickly get the feel of the helicopter and progress with taking off, landing, circuits, auto-rotations and talking to other aircraft on the flight radio.
Once your instructor is confident of your ability you will be sent solo. Your first real achievement in flying and one to be proud of. You will then continue practising all the skills learnt to date and move onto the challenge of landing in confined areas and navigating cross-country.
After this a quick practical test prep and then you will be ready for a final flight test for your PPL.
Please contact us to make your first booking to make your dream a reality.
The course is broken up into 2 sections. Theory and Practical
In order to be eligible to test for your PPL license, you need the following
25 hours are dual instruction with an instructor in helicopters
At least 15 hours of solo flight time of which 5 hours are cross country
are accumulated in solo flight, of which 5 hours are cross.
A big part of your PPL is theory and understanding things like aerodynamics, weather, rules of the air and aircraft planning. Thus, there are 8 exams in which a student must pass in order to obtain a PPL. The pass mark for all aviation exams is 75%.
Flight Performance and Planning
Principles of Flight
Human Performance and Limitations
The flying syllabus is broken up into 30 separate flight exercises. A standard flight lesson is 2 hours and is broken up a
15 min pre-flight preparation
1 hour flight time
15 min debrief
All lessons are weather dependent. HPT has a 100% safety record and abides to strict maximum meteorologic conditions.
So what do I get with this PPL and what does it limit me to doing??? We have added word for word, the Civil aviation’s definition of the privileges of a PPL holder.
PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS OF A HELICOPTER PPL
The holder of a Helicopter PPL may not exercise the privileges of that license unless he or she:
The holder of a valid Helicopter PPL may, by day in visual meteorological conditions, act as pilot-in-command or co pilot of any helicopter for which he or she holds the appropriate valid type rating.
The holder of a Helicopter PPL:
May act as pilot in command of an helicopter that is carrying passengers but NOT for reward or hire
May act as co-pilot of any helicopter on which a copilot is not a requirement
May act as a pilot in command of a helicopter in the course of his or her own or employer’s business, provided that: the helicopter is not used as an essential or integral part in the furtherance of that business
the cost of the helicopter and or pilot is not recovered directly from the
proceeds generated by the use of the helicopter;
the helicopter does not perform a service for reward in any form; and
the helicopter does not carry passengers or freight for reward or hire
Please see below our standard pricing options for this course. Should you want to conduct your PPL on any one of our other aircraft. We would be happy to arrange this for you.