COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER
PILOT LICENCE

Aviation is a very fulfilling and rewarding career with each day offering new challenges. With such a broad range of industry sectors available and overseas opportunities, there has never been a better time to invest in your future career. 

Every journey starts with a first step, so congratulations on making the first move toward your new career! 

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence

GETTING STARTED

WHAT ARE YOUR REQUIREMENTS?

Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of your flight test​

You must be an Australian citizen; OR

A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident of Australia for the duration of the unit of study; OR

Are a qualifying New Zealand citizen and met the requirements, which are:

  • hold a special visa category, such as the New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV);
  • has been usually resident in Australia for at least 10 years;
  • was a dependent child when he or she was first usually resident in Australia;
  • has been in Australia for periods totalling 8 years during the previous 10 years; and
  • has been in Australia for periods totalling 18 months during the previous 2 years.

The Symbiotics ADAPT assessment must be completed and passed prior to commencing your enrolment. The assessment is at a cost to you of $220 and takes approximately two hours to complete. AWA would need to arrange this for you.

Symbiotics do offer practice tests to familiarise you with the testing process and better prepare you for the ADAPT assessment

You must provide a copy of your Australian Year 12 High School certificate; OR

  • Provide evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English) or at a level in a framework that preceded the AQF that is equivalent to level 4 or above in the AQF; OR
  • Displaying competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved BKSB Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) test which is conducted at AWA. AWA must reasonably believe that you show competence in completing the course.

You must hold a CASA Class 1 medical certificate to fly solo.

You must hold an ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card) during your training.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Training Options

Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter
(Self Funded)


Our full-time course is ideal for those who wish to complete the commercial helicopter license self-funded and, therefore, not tied to a HECS debt. We will take you from zero experience right through to industry-ready in 26 weeks. Students will attend theory for three days per week, and flight schedules will vary according to operational requirements.
$ 90380 + $3379 Materials and Nav Gear
  • 26 Weeks Duration​
  • 16 Units of Competency​
  • 7 CASA Theory Exams​
  • 85 Hours Robinson R22​
  • 20 Hours Robinson R44​
  • 6 Hours HeliMod Mark III Simulator
  • Commercial Flight Test​
  • Low Level Flight Test
  • Theory and Navigation Equipement

Part Time Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter
(Self Funded)


If full-time isn't an option, then our CPL course can also be completed part-time. The part-time course has no set schedule, which means that you choose when you want to fly a helicopter, and you dictate your own pace of learning.
See Below + $3379 Materials and Nav Gear
  • Variable Duration
  • 7 CASA Theory Exams​
  • Choice of R22, R44 or Bell206 Hours
  • Commercial Flight Test​
  • Low Level Flight Test
  • Theory and Navigation Equipement

AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation – CPL-H (VET Student Loan)


In partnership with Flight One School of Aviation, RTO 31285, V2 Helicopters delivers AVI50322 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter). This formal qualification is designed to take you from having no experience in flying to becoming a fully qualified and highly employable pilot in 26 weeks. VET Student Loans is available for this qualification to eligible students.
$ 90380 + $3379 Materials and Nav Gear
  • 26 Weeks Duration​
  • 16 Units of Competency​
  • 7 CASA Theory Exams​
  • 85 Hours Robinson R22​
  • 20 Hours Robinson R44​
  • 6 Hours HeliMod Mark III Simulator
  • Commercial Flight Test​
  • Low Level Flight Test
  • Theory and Navigation Equipement

Next Full-Time Course Dates

The Dreaded Theory Component

The practical flying is undoubtedly the most fun part of the process and is guaranteed to get you grinning from ear to ear. The theory component can be a little less exciting but is an essential part of becoming a helicopter pilot. Sometime before your helicopter flight test you must have passed 7 multiple choice theory exams covering the following 7 subjects:

Most subjects have a pass mark of 70% and exam duration varies between 1 hour 15 mins to 2 hours 30 minutes. To complete the theory subjects you can choose to self study at home using an online course or come and learn at our theory school. Our CPL theory is taught during the day over one or two weeks depending on the subject. Please contact our office for upcoming theory class dates and availability. There is also the option of one to one direct tuition which is available at a time to suit you. The exams are conducted by a third party company just 100m from our hangar and you are told immediately if you have been successful. We pride ourselves on our theory schools high pass rate and our helicopter flight shop will provide you with all the material required to complete the exam.

Pricing & Plans

PART TIME TRAINING

Flying Hours

R22 Helicopter  (Max Weight 105kg)

  • Pay-as-you-go

$640 /Hour

  • 10-Hour Block

$6200

R44 Helicopter  (Max Weight 135kg)

  • Pay-as-you-go

$990 /Hour

  • 10-Hour Block

$9500

Bell 206  (Max Weight 135kg)

  • Pay-as-you-go

$1450 /Hour

  • 10-Hour Block

$13,900

Theory

  • Private Theory Course
  1. Human Factors
  2. Aircraft General Knowledge
  3. Aerodynamics
  4. Meteorology
  5. Navigation
  6. Air Law
  7. Ops, Performance and Planning

$7000

  • CASA Exam Booking Fees

$169.34 – $195.45*

  • CPL-H Resource Pack

$3379

Other

*Prices may vary depending on personal circumstances

Industry Sectors

There are a number of different career paths to choose from within the helicopter industry. Some roles require more experience than others but all are rewarding careers. Below is a list of the main helicopter industry sectors to consider when selecting your career path:
Becoming a helicopter pilot is an attainable goal, and we commend you for taking the initial step of visiting our website. One of the greatest aspects of being a helicopter pilot is the stunning panoramic views and the sense of liberation that comes from flying through the skies.

EMPLOYMENT

Upon completing your commercial helicopter licence the first thing you should do is research the market to identify which companies are currently employing pilots. Most first helicopter pilot jobs are in the tourism industry so this is a great place to start.

We keep an up to date a list of these tourism operators throughout Australia, complete with contact details exclusively available for V2 Helicopters students. Once you have identified which companies are currently employing, then you need to visit them in person. Always follow up and email with a phone call and, even better a visit in person. Try and set up a meeting beforehand though this is not always possible.

Always arrive early, well dressed, with a professional appearance and positive friendly attitude. You may have to work on the ground for a period of time before being allocated a flying role. This is normal practice and should be seen as a valuable learning opportunity. We operate a busy charter operation at Archerfield and regularly offer our ex-students the chance to fly a helicopter conducting scenic flights around the Brisbane Area. This is a great opportunity to build your hours required and experience customer interaction.

Always arrive early, well dressed, with a professional appearance and positive friendly attitude.

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HEAR WHAT OUR CLIENT’S SAY ABOUT US

Jeanette Beattie
Jeanette Beattie
I organised this as a birthday present for my Daughters. We had a brilliant day. The flight was terrific and the pilot Daniel made the day with his hospitality, humour and personality. Thank you for a wonderful experience and a great day!
Ente Cavir
Ente Cavir
Our amazing aviation with V2 pilot Liam and his helicopter.
Emily
Emily
Fraser was a great pilot and we had a superb time flying with him! The young gentleman who served us at reception was also extremely pleasant and helpful! 10/10 experience and definitely recommend
Diana Olsson
Diana Olsson
Fantastic experience, highly recommend it, and highly recommend Tyrell the pilot
kim harlen
kim harlen
We had the best time this morning… Thankyou to our pilot Michael for an amazing flight
Rhian Proudfoot
Rhian Proudfoot
This was such a great gift idea, the team were super helpful and accommodating when making the booking and on the day. Michael was great he made us feel safe and comfortable on the flight, gave great info during the flight. Would recommend and would book again. Thank you!
Darcy B
Darcy B
Had a great flight this morning with Tyrrell, would highly recommend these guys if you’re ever thinking of scenic flights or training!
Jake Francis
Jake Francis
Awesome flight, pilot was great. Will definitely be back! Till next time legends.
Gary Christen
Gary Christen
Great fun and what a view of Brisbane. Highly recommend. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable.

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