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Helicopter Flight Training

Training at Aeropower Flight School

Aeropower Flight School is a fully accredited Registered Training Organisation & CASA Part 141 Flight Training Organisation approved to deliver to overseas students (CRICOS) and to administer Government study loans via the VET Student Loans scheme.

Since 1998 our flight school has provided high quality, professional flight training programmes supporting not only the greater business’ skilling needs, but also those of the South-East Asian rotary-wing industry. Our flight school is experienced not only in the retail and wholesale sectors, but also in delivering bespoke ab-initio and advanced training programmes for utilities, multinationals, government agencies, and military/para- military forces.

What we offer:

Commercial Pilot Licence

Aeropower proudly delivers one of Australia’s most sophisticated commercial pilot courses as a Diploma of Aviation (course code AVI50319). This programme establishes graduates as highly professional and career-ready commercial Helicopter pilots. Training in modern aircraft, with working line pilots as instructors and integrated virtual reality systems. 

The CASA minimums for a CPL(H) are as follows:

At least 105 hours of flight time as a pilot of an aircraft; and
At least 70 hours of flight time as a pilot of a helicopter; and
At least 35 hours of flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter; and
At least 10 hours of solo cross-country flight time in a helicopter including a flight of at least 150 nautical miles which includes at least two landings at locations other than where the flight departed from; and
You may fly no more than 2 types of helicopter in the 105 hours; and
You must complete the last 30 hours of your training within 90 days.

It is Aeropower’s experience that some students will require more hours than the minimum CASA requirements to achieve competency. Additional time may therefore be required by some students over and above the programme outlined in this product guide. Aeropower staff can explain this aspect in more detail if required.

VET Student Loans available on both full-time and part-time courses

Average Course Length
Weeks:
42 Weeks
Ground hours
Ground Hours:
Full time: 430.9 / Part time: 202.9
Flight & Sim Hours
Flight & Sim Hours
124.5
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Course Outcomes

Upon completion of Aeropower's CPL course, you will be a qualified commercial helicopter pilot, eligible to work in multiple capacities across the world.

Private Pilot Licence

Aeropower proudly delivers one of Australia’s most sophisticated private pilot courses. This programme provides its participants with the skills, knowledge, and experience to be the safest private pilots in the Australian skies.

The CASA minimums for a PPL(H) are as follows:

At least 40 hours of flight time as a pilot of an aircraft; and
At least 35 hours of flight time as a pilot of a helicopter; and
At least 10 hours of flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter; and
At least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time in a helicopter including a flight of at least 100 nautical miles which includes at least two landings at locations other than where the flight departed from.

Aeropower provides a recommended syllabus for all flight training programmes. The design of each syllabus is based on several factors including compliance with the relevant regulatory requirements, safe practice, suitable student learning approach and years of pilot training experience.

Theory Inclusive
Theory-Inclusive Ground Hours
154.8 Hours
PPL Theory-Exclusive
Ground Hours
34.8 hours
Flight and Sim Hours
Flight & Sim Hours
65 hours
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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, you will be qualified as a helicopter pilot ready to take to the skies in private aircraft.

Night Visual Flight Rules Rating

A night rating allows a pilot to fly a helicopter between last light and first light under night visual meteorological conditions. Aeropower is a long time provider of Night VFR training to the helicopter industry.

The Night VFR rating is a significant step up in skill and accuracy of flying and planning from basic day VFR. It is also a good stepping stone to an instrument rating as a lot of the skills learned transfer. 

Vet fee loans may be available for your night rating.
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Course Outcomes

Once endorsed pilots are permitted to fly at night. 

What We Offer

Aeropower offers a number of ratings and endorsements for the pilot looking up upskill:

We offer training and flight reviews on all helicopters in our fleet. Typically allow 3-4 hours for training on a new type.

First turbine? We offer gas turbine endorsements in our MD500 and AS350. Typically allow 5-6 hours for a first turbine endorsement.

We offer low level ratings and sling endorsements. A low level rating is 5 hours minimum plus flight test and a sling endorsement is typically 3-5 hours plus flight test. 

Aeropower offers training at our Redcliffe facility or we can come to you. 

BYO aircraft training is also available in some circumstances. Ask us for details. 

Click Let's Fly below to enquire today.

Vet fee loans may be available for your Night Rating.

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Flight Reviews

Most pilots in Australia will require a flight review every two years to continue exercising the privileges of their license.

CASA requires that pilots wishing to operate an R22 or R44 must carry out a flight review in either of those helicopters every two years. For this reason we recommend pilots carry out their HFR in our R44. 

However we can complete an HFR in any of our fleet or, in some cases, your own aircraft. 

Click Let's Fly below to arrange a flight review.

Our fleet

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