Private pilot training includes a theoretical as well as a practical flying part. Applicants, who have to be at least 17 years old, must have passed the theory examinations and be able to provide proof of good character, and must hold a Class 2 medical certificate for pilots.
Training requires at least 45 flying hours, including ten hours of solo flying aboard the aircraft. Five of the required hours may take place in a simulator.
Training takes place aboard an aircraft operated by Swiss Helicopter, and is completed by a flight examination with an expert. Training aboard your own helicopter may also be possible.
A private pilot licence authorises the holder to carry out private, non-commercial flights. After completion of training, a minimum of two hours’ flying time must be completed every year, including a verification flight with an expert.
The following training sequence has proven effective in gaining the private pilot qualification:
• Initial consultation and trial flight aboard the desired type of helicopter
• Planning of the training itinerary together with your flight instructor
• Confirmation of medical fitness. A Class 2 medical certificate is required to complete the course.
• Start of flight training with theory courses and radiotelephony
• Theory examination by the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA)
• Practical flying examination in your training helicopter with a certified expert
Experience has shown that flight training takes 9 to 24 months, although shorter intensive courses may be available. You and your flight instructor will draw up an individual tuition schedule adapted to your wishes and requirements.
The costs are based on the statutory minimum number of flying hours and amount to approx. CHF 36,000.