BECOME A HELICOPTER PILOT
Get on board
& take control
Whether it’s to start your career as a professional pilot, to save you time when travelling or simply to enjoy the pleasure of flying with your family or friends, our experienced instructors will assist you in obtaining your helicopter pilot’s licence.
Join our training centre to obtain any of the licences shown below:
LAPL(H) & PPL(H)
For if you want to fly for pleasure and take your family and friends without financial gain.
For if you want to make it your work business and transport passengers for commercial purposes or on behalf of an airline.
For if you are already in possession of your helicopter pilot’s licence but want to be able to fly other types of helicopter (AS350 B2, EC120).
For when you want to renew or revalidate your licence so that you can continue flying. We can offer you all the appropriate courses for this.
The summits attract you and you want to be authorised to land at altitudes of more than 1100m? This national qualification is required.
The NIT qualification allows you to fly after dark. It is also referred to as Night-VFR or NVFR.
OUR TRAINING HELICOPTERS
Discover our fleet of three single turbine and piston helicopters.
AS350 B2 Ecureuil
HB-ZIL (VEMD) & HB-ZAR
A powerful and comfortable single turbine helicopter, it will put your skills to the test.
1 pilot + 5 passengers maximum
Cruising speed: 230km/h
Engine: Turbomeca Arriel 1D1
The latest model of single turbine helicopter. Fast and light, it is ideal for training flights.
1 pilot + 4 passengers maximum
Cruising speed: 210km/h
Engine: Arrius 2F the 500 CV
R44 Raven II
Piston helicopter, 4 seats, high performance and reliability, ideal for training sessions.
1 pilot + 3 passengers maximum
Cruising speed: 202 km/h
Engine: Lycoming IO-540, 6 cylindres
Embarking on a helicopter pilot’s licence can appear complicated at first. That is why we have compiled below the answers to questions most frequently asked by aspiring pilots.
WHO CAN BECOME A HELICOPTER PILOT?
To obtain your helicopter pilot’s licence, you must be aged at least 17 (private licence) or 18 (professional licence) as well as being in possession of a medical certificate issued by an OFAC-approved doctor confirming that you are in good health (see the list of approved doctors).
HOW LONG DOES THE TRAINING TAKE?
The duration of the training depends on your availability. To successfully complete both the practical and theoretical training, it generally takes one year for a private licence and an additional year for a commercial licence. Below, you will find the minimum hours required to obtain your licence:
PPL(H) – Private Pilot Licence:
A minimum of 45 hours flying (under instruction) of which at least 10 hours should be solo.
LAPL(H) – Light Aircraft Pilot Licence:
A minimum of 40 hours flying (under instruction) of which at least 10 hours should be solo.
CPL(H) – Commercial Pilot Licence:
A minimum of 155 hours helicopter flying time including 60 hours as a captain/private pilot. CPL(H) training includes 25 hours on the helicopter, 5 hours of night-flying as well as 5 hours in a simulator in addition to the PPL(H) training.
WHY CHOOSE SION INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR YOUR LICENCE?
Sion International Airport enjoys a central location in the Alps. It is a controlled airport which means that all movement must be authorised by the control tower. Learning to fly in a professional environment will guarantee you a comprehensive training which will quickly allow you access to a high-performance aeronautical world while preparing you to manage stressful situations in the best possible way.
DO I NEED TO SPEAK ENGLISH TO OBTAIN MY HELICOPTER PILOT’S LICENCE?
English is the principal language used in aviation, particularly in regard to aeronautical information and for radio use. Using English over the radio is strongly recommended for professional pilots in order to be able to move freely within European airspace.
HOW LONG IS THE HELICOPTER PILOT’S LICENCE VALID FOR?
The licence is valid for life. However, you are required to fly at least 2 hours and complete a Proficiency Check (accompanied by an examiner) each year in order to keep your Type Ratings (the qualifications for types of helicopter).
I ALREADY HAVE A FIXED-WING PILOT’S LICENCE, DOES THIS ALLOW ME TO GET MY HELICOPTER PILOT’S LICENCE ANY QUICKER?
You will be able to count 10% of your flying hours (up to a maximum of 6 hours) in your private pilot training depending on the type of licence and the experience that you have. The areas of training specific to helicopter flying will have to be undertaken.
You have any other questions?
I am very interested
Let’s take off!
Contact our team for any additional questions or to develop your tailor-made training plan.