COMMERCIAL PILOT CERTIFICATION

A Commercial Pilot Certificate (Rotorcraft) allows you to fly a helicopter and carry passengers for compensation or hire. The certificate is also for private pilots who wish to continue their flight training with the goal of increased proficiency. The student will be introduced to more advanced maneuvers and improve existing skills to a new level of competency.

Commercial Rating Requirements 

(Rotorcraft - Helicopter) Initial Rating for FAA Private-helicopter rated pilots

Enrollment Prerequisites           

  • At least 18 years of age.

  • FAA second-class medical certificate.

  • Read, speak, write and understand English.

  • Private Pilot Certificate - Helicopter.


 

   

A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

 

 • 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.

 

 • 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least:

         -35 hours in helicopters.

         -10 hours in cross-country flight.

         -20 hours of training on areas of operation listed in the flight proficiency requirements that includes at least:

                   •10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft.

                  

                   •One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.

                  

                    •One cross-country flight of at least 2 hours in night VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.

                  

                    •3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the test (check ride).

 

 • 10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter which includes at least.

          -One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure.

          -hours of night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern).

 

 

ADDITIONAL RATING
(For FAA Commercial-airplane rated pilots)

 

Enrollment Prerequisites

  • Already possesses fixed-wing commercial license.

  • FAA second-class medical certificate.

 

Instruction and Rental Rates

Equipment
Cost

R22 Dual Instruction

R22 Solo

R44 Dual Instruction

R44 Instrument Dual

FLY-IT® Simulator

Ground Instruction​

$325.00 / hour 

$275.00 / hour 

$450.00 / hour  

$450.00 / hour  

$125.00 / hour  

$50.00  /  hour  

FAR 61.129 [Commercial Rating Requirements]

(Not including books, examiner fees and aircraft rental for the practical test) 

DFW TRAINING GROUNDS

Students are generally able to fly year round out of our Garland, TX location, due to its mild weather. This means SKY is flexible to meet a student's busy schedule, and move them along at their pace.