An Overview of Helicopter Private Pilot License Certification

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Helicopter Private Pilot License Certification

Hans Overturf is the owner of a private financial services firm. When he is not managing his and his business partner’s portfolios or overseeing his ownership in a number of outside businesses, Hans Overturf spends time flying as a certified helicopter pilot.

Any person interested in pursuing a helicopter private pilot license, or PPL(H), must first pass a physical approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Students determined to be healthy enough to fly must then meet the minimum time and training hours as described by the FAA.

PPL(H) students should complete no less than 40 total hours of flight time, including at least 27 hours of instructed flight, 10 hours of solo flying in a helicopter, 3 hours of cross country flying, and 3 hours of test preparation flying. Students must also perform a continuous flight of at least 100 nautical miles that features at least three landings and take offs.

Before achieving PPL(H) certification, an individual also must pass a written evaluation, an oral exam, and a flight test conducted by an FAA member or designated pilot examiner.


Information on Private Pilot Helicopter Certification

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Private Pilot

Hans Overturf established OFS in Tiburon, California, as his investment office in 2009. A certified private helicopter pilot, Hans Overturf enjoys spending his free time flying helicopters and traveling.

Individuals who have earned a private pilot helicopter license may fly for various reasons, ranging from business to personal. Any person with a private pilot certification can fly themselves as well as family members, friends, and coworkers. However, private pilots cannot receive compensation for their flying, which requires commercial flight certification.

The private pilot helicopter certification process is open to individuals of at least 17 years of age who have a strong understanding of written and spoken English. A person with no previous flight experience or pilot rating must engage in 20 hours of instructed flight practice as well as an additional 20 hours of solo air time before taking a flight test. However, most aspiring pilots will log as many as 65 hours before attempting certification. Prior to the flight exam, individuals need to pass a written test with a score of 70 or better. Instructors may subject students to further oral testing throughout the flight test. Instructors may be examiners with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or designated examiners in good standing with the FAA.