Instrument Rating (IR)
Instrument Rating enables a pilot with a suitably approved helicopter operating from an appropriately equipped airport to fly in poor visibility.
Prerequisites include the completion of an IR theory course with examination, and possession of a valid pilot’s licence and specifically approved IR medical certificate.
This demanding training course, which lasts at least 50 hours, takes place mainly in a simulator, followed by a practical part using a helicopter of the appropriate type. The procedure concludes with a corresponding skills test conducted by an aviation-authority expert.
Swiss Helicopter offers this programme as part of its integrated ATPL training or as modular IR(H) course.
Foreign licences and fixed-wing pilots
Swiss Helicopter will be pleased to advise you on obtaining a European licence on the basis of authorisations and licences issued outside Europe and the EASA area. There are individual bridging options available for conversion to an EASA licence, depending on the existing licence and experience of the pilot concerned.
This also applies to pilots with a motorised fixed-wing aircraft or glider flying licence. Please inquire at one of our flying school locations. We will be pleased to provide individual advice without obligation on your part.
English for pilots - Preparation course for ICAO Level 4
Swiss Helicopter offers courses designed to prepare you for English Level 4. This level is a mandatory requirement for obtaining a commercial pilot's licence, and also for the PPL level necessary for flying in controlled airspace.
• Mini-group course, Monday and Wednesday 18.00-20.00
• Private course, on request
The mini-group course has a duration of 8 weeks. Depending on the language level, it is possible to follow only the second part of the course (4 weeks).
• 8 weeks: CHF 1'280.- (standard course
• 4 weeks: CHF 640.- (advanced level only)
The course material is included in the price, the exam fee is not.
A pre-test needs to be taken before the beginning of the course, in order to assess the language level. The price of this test is of CHF 95.-, which can be deducted from the course fee.
External Cargo (HESLO)
External Cargo Sling training can commence after completion of commercial pilot training and a minimum experience of 300 flying hours as a pilot-in-command (PIC). This training is compulsory in Switzerland for transporting loads outside the helicopter by means of a cable or winch.
HESLO training is in many cases jointly planned and carried out with an employer, although private training is also available on request. Please get in touch with one of our flight school locations if you have any questions regarding HESLO training.
Theory and Simulator
Swiss Helicopter Flight School offers its own theory courses for private and commercial pilot training. Theory includes general subjects such as air-traffic law, meteorology, navigation and human capability, as well as helicopter-specific subjects like helicopter knowledge, flight planning, operational procedures and aerodynamics.
The required knowledge can be acquired through distance learning courses, exam registration via a certified flight school is mandatory.
We offer evening, weekend and intensive courses, including radiotelephony, refresher courses in individual subjects and preparation courses for flight instructors.
We also ensure professional support throughout both your theoretical and practical training.
Our flight instructors will be pleased to give you individual advice to find the best solution for your needs.
You can obtain theory training in Locarno, Gruyères, Belp and Balzers, as well as at one of our partner schools. Courses at these locations are held at irregular intervals, mostly during the winter, with private tuition available at any time.
Certain parts of the pilot training can be completed in a simulator or flight and navigation procedures trainer. Swiss Helicopter collaborates with partner schools to offer this training, with simulators available at various locations.
You can complete the simulator elements of the course with your flight instructor, and you can of course also take additional or modular practice sessions on a trainer aircraft.