Specialty Helicopter Pilot Flight Training

If you already have your helicopter pilot licence and would like to enhance your skills and increase your employment prospects, we offer a variety of advanced training options at our three flight training schools. Australian Helicopter Pilot School has one of the largest training fleets of helicopters in Australia, giving you access to the equipment and expertise you need to train for a range of helicopter types and operational ratings.

Instructor Rating

Australian Helicopter Pilot School is one of the few schools in Australia that provide the specialty training required to become a Flight Instructor. We have trained more than 150 helicopter pilots to become chief flying instructors, chief pilots, rescue pilots and corporate pilots.

To achieve the instructor rating, you will need to develop your skills and knowledge in accordance with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) syllabus. This includes a requirement of 400 hours total flight time in helicopters, of which 40 hours may be flight training for the issue of the instructor rating.

The instructor rating is a 40-hour course which covers all aspects of flights briefings and left-seat flying sequences. The theoretical component, commonly known as ‘Board Briefings’, are equal to approximately two hours for every hour of flying.

Grade 3 Instructor

This level is currently under development, but it is expected to allow you to provide a level of basic instruction. Minimum hours and conditions are yet to be confirmed by CASA.

Grade 2 Instructor

Currently a first-level entry rating that allows you to conduct flight training.

Grade 1 Instructor

This rating allows you to train students to a level where they can undertake the practical flight test. It is issued after 1200 hours of flight instruction has been completed.


Night Visual Flight Rules (NVFR)

This course is individually designed to suit your experience, availability and requirements. It allows you to fly at night in conditions that meet the criteria for NVFR. To attain this rating, you must hold an Australian Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPL(H)), Private Helicopter Pilot Licence (PPL(H)) or Air Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) and log a minimum of 10 hours helicopter flight training at night, of which three hours need to be conducted as navigational flights. Please note that this rating doesn’t allow you to fly in instrument flight conditions.


Low-Level Operations

Many flight operations require helicopters to operate close to the ground, below the minimum heights set by CASA. In order to achieve this level of ability, a five-hour instructional course is required. All students at Australian Helicopter Pilot School will undertake this rating as part of their CPL(H) training.


Helicopter Endorsements

As most flight training is conducted in piston engine helicopters, if you wish to operate a turbine-powered helicopter you will need to obtain an endorsement for each type of helicopter you wish to fly.

Australian Helicopter Pilot School is one of the few schools in Australia that operate a Robinson R66 turbine helicopter as part of our operations. We also use the AS350, Hughes 500 and B206 and have access to most turbine helicopter types for flight training purposes.

To achieve an endorsement, you will need to achieve 100% on an open-book exam for that helicopter type and log an initial minimum flight time of five hours, with a minimum three-hours flight time for subsequent associated helicopter types.


Helicopter Flight Review

All helicopter pilots are required to undertake a flight review by a Grade 1 Pilot, Chief Pilot or Chief Flying Instructor within a period not exceeding two calendar years from the last review or licence issue. Endorsement training can be used as a flight review if required.

Australian Helicopter Pilot School can provide the relevant flight review checks and training for you and your employees at each of our three training schools, or on location as required.


Sling Endorsement

This rating is a requirement for helicopter pilots working in the areas of fire fighting, search and rescue, and mining and logging. Sling load operations are one of the most technically difficult skills to master and require a high level of concentration, so completing this training is guaranteed to increase your flying ability and career prospects.

We have highly-experienced instructors available to train you for Long Line and Short Line Sling endorsements on a R44 and R66. Minimum flight time required for this rating is determined by your instructor and dependent on the time it takes you to become proficient in the operation.


Multi-Engine Endorsement

This rating allows you to operate a helicopter that is equipped with more than one engine. This can be combined with a helicopter type endorsement. There is a minimum of 10 hours flight time required on the first machine of this type.


Float Endorsement

Helicopters equipped with floats of any type require you to have a Fixed Float endorsement. You may then apply for a Pop-out endorsement if necessary. Minimum flight time required for this rating is dependent on the time it takes for you to reach the safety standards set by CASA.


Winch Endorsement

This endorsement is required to operate a helicopter with winch equipment installed. Minimum flight time required for this rating is dependent on the time it takes for you to reach the safety standards set by CASA.