Private Pilot Helicopter Course

Whether your goal is to be a career pilot or if you just want to fly for fun, each student pilot begins with the Private Pilot Course, which permits you to carry passengers. By FAA regulation, private pilots may not operate an aircraft for compensation or hire, although operating expenses may be shared with passengers.

Course Information

The Private Helicopter Pilot Course will familiarize the student with the helicopter, flight controls and their flight characteristics, the flight environment and a multitude of maneuvers learned over the course of instruction. At the end of the Private Helicopter Pilot Course, you will have acquired the aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency necessary to be a rated helicopter pilot. For an in-depth look at the syllabus and training environment, we invite you to tour the Flight Training Academy.

Enrollment Prerequisites

No previous flight experience is required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years of age *
  • Read, speak, write and understand English
  • If a non-U.S. citizen, the student must undergo the flight training application process mandated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

* Students may train at an earlier age, but can not be a licensed pilot until the age of 17. The minimum age to fly a helicopter in solo flight is 16.



Hours are based on Part 141 FAA minimums, not average completion times. Rates listed for the R-22 are block rates, available when customer chooses cash deposit option of $3,000 deposit increments. Add $10/hr for regular rate on R-22 aircraft rental if not choosing block payments. Prices for books & supplies, the knowledge test, the FAA’s practical test and your medical certificate may vary.   

For pilots with previous helicopter experience, Part 61 is a option with a tailored curriculum based on your needs. Please call for additional details and pricing.

R-22 students should be under 220 lbs flight weight. R-44 students must be under 300 lbs flight weight.

Robinson R-22 Option

COURSE COMPONENT HOURS RATE TOTAL
Dual Flight Instruction 35.0 $305 $10,675
Solo Flight 5.0 $255 $1,275
Pre/Post Briefing 24.5 $50 $1,225
Ground Instruction 35.0 $50 $1,750
Private Pilot Helicopter Course Total $14,925

Robinson R-44 Option

COURSE COMPONENT HOURS RATE TOTAL
Dual Flight Instruction 35.0 $575 $20,125
Solo Flight 5.0 $525 $2,625
Pre/Post Briefing 24.5 $50 $1,225
Ground Instruction 35.0 $50 $1,750
Private Pilot Helicopter Course Total $25,725
My experience at Epic has been extremely enjoyable. The instructors are easy to work with and are very accommodating to my learning style. Casey D.