Private Pilot Add-On

Educational Objective:

This program is designed for the student who has a Private Pilot Certificate with Airplane Rating and wishes to add a Rotorcraft Rating to that Certificate. A Private Pilot Certificate allows the pilot to fly for recreation with or without passengers and to share operating expenses with them, but does not allow the pilot to conduct flights for compensation or hire.

Admission Requirements:

A student must have a FAA Private Pilot Certificate and hold a valid third-class medical certificate from a Federal Aviation Administration approved physician. A student must be 17 years of age and be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Length of Program:

This program runs approximately two months. Lengths of programs are based on a four day a week schedule.

Program Content:

  • 20 hours of Dual Flight Instruction
  • 15 hours of Ground Instruction

As an already rated pilot with aviation experience, in order to achieve this add-on you will study and fly to gain an understanding of the principles of helicopter flight. Airport knowledge will expand to include operating a helicopter and the new aspect of your interaction with ATC. As proficiency using the flight controls is built, you will master the hover and learn to understand how crosswinds affect a helicopter. You will review helicopter components, manuals as well as helicopter performance and experience the joy of learning another part from the FAR/AIM. Basic and advanced maneuvers will be covered followed by off-airport operations. When the check ride is passed, you will be a dual rated pilot!

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Dual Instruction 20h $ 5,800.00 55h $ 15,950.00
Ground Instruction 15h $ 750.00 40h $ 2,000.00
Flight Test 1 $ 600.00 1 $ 600.00
Books & Supplies   $ 65.00   $ 65.00
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 7,215.00   $ 18,615.00

*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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