We take a quality not quantity approach. We don’t aim to teach as many people as possible, we ensure each pilot is trained to the highest of standards. Simple.

Private Pilots Licence

The Private Pilots Licence (PPL) allows holders to fly for their own business or pleasure with friends and family.



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Our advice and considerations when choosing your helicopter training school.

Is the location convenient?

“Don’t just choose your closest helicopter training provider. Think about travelling a bit further if you feel that quality of training is worth the extra miles. I have flown with multiple instructors from different schools. The difference between one school and another can be huge in terms of the time, effort and attention you are given and even the quality of instruction.”

Are there lots of Instructors?

“It might appear that the bigger the organisation the better, and lots of instructors will give the impression that there is lots going on. Actually it is our belief that better quality training will come from a smaller flight training school with a more personal feel. If you end up flying with too many instructors then you will repeat exercises and not benefit from continuity of training.”

Don’t be fooled by marketing techniques.

“In recent years we have seen a wave of flight training schools offering ‘open days’ and ‘career days’ in an attempt to recruit new students in bulk. That’s not to say we don’t want the opportunity to have a chat with you. We do. We would just rather treat everyone as an individual and answer any questions on a one to one basis.”

What is the cost of helicopter training?

“This will largely depend on the type of aircraft being used. By its very nature helicopter flying is not cheap, naturally you will be attracted to a better price but a poor training environment will lead to you achieving your licence in a greater number of hours. Be prepared to pay a premium for the best and save yourself money in the long run. Like anything else, you get what you pay for.”

Give it a try and make a comparison.

“Take a number of short trial lessons, even if the length is only 10 or 15 minutes. If this isn't possible then take time to meet a few schools.  Base your decision on the quality of information and instruction given and not on false promises. Don’t believe someone when they tell you how many hours it will take to gain your licence and exactly how much it will cost.”


The minimum requirements are as follows and everything done in house:

Although you can start at any age, you cannot hold a licence until the age of 17, you can fly solo at the age of 16

Minimum of 45 hours total flying time
Minimum of 10 hours solo flying time (of which 5 have to be navigation including the solo qualifying cross country flight)
Successful completion of the theoretical examinations
A Class 2 Medical Certificate
A Radiotelephony Licence

What do you do once you have achieved your Helicopter Pilot’s Licence?

Once you have your helicopter pilot’s licence you will probably want to use it to take your friends and family for lunch, or fly to a business meeting without joining queues of traffic. Not everybody wants to own their own helicopter and ‘self-fly hiring‘ one of ours is simple and cost-effective.

Whilst you are flying by yourself, our team of Instructors are always on hand to provide advice as you build experience – you may even want an Instructor there to act as a ‘safety pilot’.

We can teach all Theoretical Knowledge Groundschool; delivered appropriately throughout the flying course.

Downloads and Links.

Aviation Law

A presentation covering some of the Aviation Law topics for exam preparation.

Aircraft General Knowledge

A presentation covering some of the most common aircraft systems.


A presentation covering some basic principles of Meteorology to consolidate Theoretical Knowledge training.

Robinson R44 Systems

Simple descriptions of the Robinson R44 Systems with images.

CAA Standards Document 19(H)

A CAA prepared document to assist those that will be taking the PPL(H) Skills Test.

CAP 393

The Air Navigation Order and Regulations.

CAP 804

Flight Crew Licensing - UK requirements for Pilot Licensing.


Organisation Requirements for Air Operators.

Standards Document 11

Provision and Conduct of Ground Examinations for the Private Pilot’s Licence.

Met Office

Access to the Met Office General Aviation Briefing Services.

Self Fly Hire Request

This form can be printed and emailed to back to us at fly@yorkshirehelicopters.co.uk.



European requirements for Flight Crew Licensing & the Acceptable Means of Compliance and Guidance Material.


Aeronautical Information Service - access the AIP and NOTAMs

Standards Document 55

Guidance Criteria for the Approval of Training Organisations Offering Courses of Training for Pilots Licences, Ratings and Certificates.

Standardised European Rules of the Air

The European Rules of the Air Regulations - The UK may be exempt from certain rules. These can be found in the Official Record Series on the CAA website.

Standards Document 03(H)

A CAA prepared document to assist those taking the CPL(H) Skills Test.

Standards Document 03(H)

A CAA prepared document to assist those taking the CPL(H) Skills Test.

The Skyway Code

A CAA prepared document providing practical guidance on the operational, safety and regulatory issues relevant to your flying.

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