Become a Professional Helicopter Pilot

This programme will get you to an ATPL through what is commonly called the Modular pathway. This means that your training progresses through a series of modules, or individual courses, that you can take whenever it works best for you provided you do it in the right order. Each module will be a step forward on your training schedule but you don’t need to commit to take all of them at once. This way you can advance on your own schedule, allowing to undertake other activities while you build your aviation career.

Leverage your experience

You will be given credit for previous licenses or endorsements you may have

You set the pace

You decide when to begin each module to better suit your needs

Frozen ATPL

After completing the programme, you will obtain a Frozen ATPL licence

Train while you work

This programme allows you to undertake other activities during your training


This Helicopter ATPL programme will allow you to obtain an ATPL license step by step, in a modular approach through a series of individual courses and licenses that you can take according to your own schedule and needs. Because you can get credit for previous aeronautical experience that you may have, this programme will allow you to tailor your ATPL training to your actual situation, taking advantage of any license you may already hold.

Because each module or course is independent from the others, and will provide you with an individual license or qualification, you don’t need to take them all at once. Instead, you can set the pace at which you will undertake each module and acquire all the knowledge and experience required to qualify for your ATPL license, which you will obtain once you have completed all the modules. Along the way, you will also obtain all the individual qualifications such as PPL, CPL and IR after completing each module.

This is the right course for you if you want to follow your ATPL training while performing other duties.


Private Pilot License (PPL)

To begin your modular ATPL training it is a prerequisite to hold a Pilot license, whether a PPL or a CPL, so, in case you are starting from scratch your first step will be obtaining a Private Pilot License. Once you have the PPL on your belt, you are allowed to progress to the very first step on your ATPL training programme.

Don’t worry, if you have already a PPL or a CPL, you can bypass this step and even get credit for your actual knowledge and experience.


Helicopter Theoretical Knowledge ATPL (HTKA)

Once you have obtained your PPL, you are allowed to begin with your ATPL modular training. Your first step will be to pass the ATPL Theory exams to demonstrate that you have acquired all the required theoretical learning objectives.

This course will help you to master all the topics with the assistance of our Theoretical knowledge instructors, and be better prepared to take the EASA tests.

However, you are not allowed to progress with any Flight Training until you have passed the 14 theory exams and move on to the next module, so hurry up and study hard!


Instrument Rating (IR)

Armed with your PPL and the approved ATPL exams, you will move on to do one of the most important modules on your Aviation career, the Instrument Rating (IR).

This module will learn you how to fly under IFR and shoot any kind of instrument approach on your airplane. Remember that, since you already passed the ATPL exams, you are not required to take any theory here, just the flight training required to demonstrate your ability in the air.


Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

Next, its time to convert your PPL with IR rating, to a full Commercial Pilot License with all the attributions of a professional pilot (CPL).

This course will let you prove that your flight standards are up to the required qualification for a professional pilot, and will sharpen your skills to a level you could not even dream of before. Abnormal attitudes and basic aerobatic training will help you pass your Commercial test with flying colors.

Again, no theory is required since you have already demonstrated your knowledge by passing the ATPL exams, which include all the required CPL topics.

At this point, you will earn a Frozen ATPL qualification, that will automatically convert itself to a Full ATPL license once you obtain the required flight experience of 1.500 flight hours total.


Flight Instructor (FI)

Though this is not a required course, most pilots at this point need to build the required flight experience to convert their Frozen ATPL license into a full, unrestricted ATPL. Getting a Flight Instructor rating and teaching other flight students is one of the best options to do it.

The FI rating will allow you to provide flight instruction at any Flight School, log flight hours, and have your first job in aviation while staying connected to the airline market, which usually looks for experienced instructors to join their ranks.

If you want to reach the required flight experience in a more timely manner, we can also provide you with attractive hour-building packages, just let us know.


The duration of your training will depend on the number of modules you need to take and the pace at which you pass each one. However, the typical duration of the entire programme usually falls between 18 and 24 months total.


Applicants must comply with the following:

  • Being over 18 years old
  • Being able to pass a Class 1 Pilot Medical Exam
  • Hold a bachelor degree or being able to pass qualifying maths, physics and English exams at the ATO


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