Commercial Helicopter Pilot Modular Course CPL(H)


    Duration: From 12 to 18 months
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Act as pilot-in-command in operations other than commercial air transportation and as a pilot-in-command in commercial air transport operations in any helicopter certified for a pilot.

Course description

The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Modular Course CPL(H) differs from the private one by granting the pilot the ability to practice as a professional helicopter pilot on a remunerated basis, while also being able to transport passengers.

These courses are carried out under the EU regulation for the correct obtaining of the license of commercial helicopter pilot CPL(H).

Course duration

The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Modular Course CPL(H) can have a duration of 12 to 18 months depending on the time spent by the student and their availability.

Course structure

The applicant must complete 200 theoretical hours. During the course the following topics will be studied:

  • Airline legislation
  • General knowledge of aircraft
  • Flight planning and performance
  • Human factors
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flights
  • Communications

* Rest of theoretical hours are completed with pre and post flight conferences.

In the flight phase, the applicant must carry out 30 hours of flight instruction,  if the student comes from a PPL(H) with Night VFR rating and 35 hours if he / she doesn't have a VFR Night rating.


The applicant must demonstrate a level of knowledge adequate to overcome the subjects in a period of 12 months:
  • Aerial Legislation
  • General knowledge of aircraft
  • Performance and flight planning
  • Human factors
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational procedures
  • Principle of flights
  • Communications

Requirements to take the course

For the Commercial Helicopter Pilot Modular Course CPL(H) you only need:
  • A PPL(H) license
  • Be over 18 years old
  • 155 flight hours as a pilot, of which 10 as a PIC. In the case of a CPL(A) will be 105 hours and in the case of a PPL(A), 135 hours.
  • Have a class 1 medical certificate You can obtain the medical certificate in the following centers: Aeronautical Medicine Centers . For more information visit the Medical Certificates page.

Professional departure of helicopter pilots in Spain

Obtaining a commercial helicopter pilot license is no different than taking a master's or a university degree. After the course you will need to accumulate professional experience (flight hours) in order to reach well-paid jobs.

The normal thing is to work a few years in medium-sized helicopter companies to later take the leap and work as a helicopter pilot in the specialization that you like, be it as a helicopter pilot of the police, as a pilot of the fire brigade or maritime rescue, or as a passenger transport pilot of large and luxurious helicopters.

Just like an airplane pilot you have to be willing to travel, (abroad if necessary) and the limits will be yours, because as in all work, if you want to go far, you have to be ambitious and not stop training (obtain ratings and specialized courses).