Pilots performing landings in Switzerland at over 1100 metres above sea level (classed as mountain landings) require a special extension to their licence. The required training is regulated according to Swiss law (RFP), unlike other EASA Part-FCL training, which is subject to European aviation law.
Mountain-landing training includes a total of 200 landings at different altitudes, 50 of which must take place at between 1100 and 2000 metres above sea level. An FI for mountain landings authorised to provide training at altitudes of up to 2000 metres may supervise these landings.
Swiss Helicopter offers instructor training for the altitudes concerned. The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) supplies instructor training for landings at above 2000 metres above sea level.
Our mountain-landing instructor course for altitudes of up to 2000 metres includes both a theoretical component and six hours’ flight training.
Candidates for this course must have more than 1000 hours’ experience of flying helicopters, of which at least 200 hours must be as a flight instructor. They must also supply evidence of having performed 500 mountain landings.
Flight instructors who complete the course successfully may supervise landings, in the course of training flights, at altitudes of up to 2000 metres.