Commercial Pilot Helicopter training prerequisites:
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language
- Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
Becoming a commercial helicopter Pilot:
- Pass a written test given by the FAA.
- Fulfill the minimum requirements of helicopter flight time and training specified by the FAA (see below).
- Pass an oral, and flight test given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.
Minimum requirements for a commercial Pilot Certificate – Part 61:
A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:
- 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.
- 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least –
- 35 hours in helicopters
- 10 hours in cross-country flight in helicopters
- 20 hours of training on areas of operation listed in the flight proficiency requirements (see below) that includes at least
- 10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft.
- One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
- One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
- 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the test (check ride).
- 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter which includes at least.
- One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.
- 5 hours of night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).