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To be eligible for a commercial rotorcraft pilot certificate, you must:

  • 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.
  • Meet the aeronautical experience requirements of this section that apply to
    the aircraft category and class rating sought.
  • Pass the knowledge test.
  • Pass the practical test.

 

The minimum requirements for the Commercial Helicopter certificate under FAA Part 141 are as follows:

If you are applying for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating, you must log at least 115 * hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least: *(Part 141 Only)

30 hours of training on the areas of operation as listed for this rating that includes at least 5 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 a helicopter in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure

10 hours of solo flight in a helicopter on the areas of operation as listed for this rating, 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, and

5 hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).

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