Commercial Pilot Add-On

Educational Objective:

This program is designed for the student seeking a career as a commercial pilot. The student holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Rating and wishes to add a Rotorcraft Rating to that Certificate. Corporate flight departments often prefer dual rated pilots, making this a very popular program.

Admission Requirements:

A student must have a FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate and hold a valid third-class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration approved physician. The student must be at least 18 years of age and be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Length of Program:

This program runs approximately three months for full time students. Lengths of programs are based on a four day a week schedule.

Program Content:

  • 30 hours of Dual Flight Instruction (R-22)
  • 5 Hours Required Instrument Instruction (R-44)
  • 20 hours of Ground Instruction

The Commercial Add-On is very similar to the Commercial Helicopter Certificate, minus the required flight hours that need to be built. Subjects that were touched on during the private add-on will be expanded upon. You will review airspaces, advanced helicopter operations and go over pinnacles and confined area operations to increase competency on maneuvers that were previously taught. Various commercial pilot elements will be introduced and you will need to demonstrate response capabilities in simulated emergencies. Running commercial operations in a helicopter is very different from fixed wing operations, thus their individual characteristics will be emphasized prior to taking the check ride to receive your Commercial Add-On.

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Dual Instruction 30h $ 8,700.00 45h $ 13,050.00
Req. Inst. Instruction 5h $ 2,725.00 5h $ 2,275.00
Ground Instruction 20h $ 1,000.00 35h $ 1,750.00
Flight Test 1 $ 600.00 1 $ 600.00
Books & Supplies   $ 55.00   $ 55.00
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 13,080.00   $ 18,810.00

*Please see Rates and Financing for our hourly price breakdown.

Additional Notes:

  • Program cost estimated, based on a minimum amount of hours required for this rating by the FAA.
  • The $600.00 flight test fee is not paid from funds on account with Alyeska Helicopters.  
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