Become a helicopter pilot

The first step to flying


Become a helicopter pilot

The first step to flying


Light Aircraft Pilot Licence – LAPL(H)

Holders of a LAPL(H) licence will be able to act as Pilot in Command of single-engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off weight of 2000kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers (4 people in total on board).


  • A minimum of 40 hours’ flight time is required to complete the course. However, please allow additional flight time for budgeting purpose. For those with a PPL(A), this can be reduced by a maximum of 6 hours.
  • At least 35 of the 40 hours shall be flown on the type of helicopter which is being used for the skills test.
  • 20 hours of dual flight instruction.
  • 10 hours of supervised solo flight time. Including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 150 km (80mnm), during which one full-stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.
  • Flight Test.

Course Details

Further information regarding the LAPL(H) course.

Annual requirements for LAPL(H)

LAPL(H) holders are required to have completed the following in the last 12 months on type:
At least 6 hours of flying time as PIC(Pilot in Command), including 6 takeoffs, approaches and landings.
Refresher Training of at least 1 hour total flight time with an instructor.
Holders of the LAPL(H) who have not met the criteria above shall either:
Pass a Proficiency Check with an examiner on type before they are cleared to fly again.
Perform the additional flight time or take-offs and landings, flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor, in order to fulfil the requirements above.

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Our CAA approved helicopter training courses are conducted from our comfortable, modern flight school located at Goodwood Aerodrome.

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Goodwood Aerodrome
West Sussex PO18 0PH

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