Commercial Pilot Course ::

The Commercial Pilot Program is intended for people who desire to earn a living or supplement their income by receiving compensation for hire. 

To be eligible for a commercial rotorcraft pilot certificate, you must:

  1. FAR 61.123
  2. SFAR 73 concerning R-22/R-44 Helicopters
  3. At least 18 years old
  4. Must read, speak, write and understand the English language
  5. Pass a written test (for which an endorsement is required to take) 
  6. Pass an oral and flight test 
  7. Possess a Second Class medical certificate 
  8. Possess a Private Pilot Certificate 

Aeronautical Knowledge
FAR 61.125
      Must have logged ground instruction or present evidence of completion of a course or home study course in at least the                      
      following aeronautical knowledge areas:

      1.  FAR's that relate to commercial pilot privileges, limitations and flight operations.
      2.  Accident reporting requirements of the NTSB.
      3.  Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight.
      4.  Meteorology to include recognition of critical weather situations.
      5.  Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning.
      6.  Safe and efficient operation of aircraft.
      7.  Use of performance charts.
      8.  Weight and balance computations.
      9.  Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations.
    10.  Use of air navigation facilities.
    11.  Aeronautical decision making and judgment. 
    12.  Principles and functions of aircraft systems. 
    13.  Maneuvering, procedures and emergency operations. 
    14.  Night and high altitude operations. 
    15.  Procedures for operating in the National Airspace System.

Flight Proficiency** 
    FAR 61.127(b)(3)
    Applicant for the Commercial Pilot's certificate must have logged instruction in at least the following operations. In addition, the 
    pilot's logbook must contain an endorsement on the performance of these maneuvers.

      1.  Preflight preparation and procedures. 
      2.  Airport and heliport operations. 
      3.  Hovering maneuvers.
      4.  Takeoffs, landings and go-arounds. 
      5.  Performance maneuvers. 
      6.  Navigation. 
      7.  Emergency operations. 
      8.  Special operations. 
      9.  Post flight procedures.

       **Note The Commercial Pilot-Rotorcraft(Helicopter) Practical Test Standards (PTS) were established by the FAA to mark the standards
                    for the commercial pilot certification practical test. The PTS are used by Applicants, Flight Instructors, and Examiners as a
                    guide. We at Heliflight of Michigan exercise the beliefs that all applicants must be trained beyond the standards and only use
                    the PTS as a bare minimum standard guideline.
                    Heliflight of Michigan places strong emphasis on Emergency Procedures and Safety. 

Aeronautical Experience
   FAR 61.129(c)
   Must have a minimum of 150 hours of flight time that consists of at least:
      1.  100 hours in powered aircraft (50 of which must be in helicopters).
      2.  100 hours PIC which includes:
            (a)  35 hours in helicopters
            (b)  10 hours of cross country flights in helicopters
      3.  20 hours of training per FAR 61.127(b)(3)
            (a)  10 hours of instrument training in an aircraft
            (b)  One cross country of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions with a total straight line distance of over 50 nm 
            (c)  One cross country of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in night VFR conditions with a total straight line distance of over 50 nm
            (d)  3 hours in a helicopter in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 60 days
      4.  10 hours of solo which includes:
            (a)  One cross country, with landings at 3 points, one which is a straight line distance of at least 50 nm
            (b)  5 hours of night VFR with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower
                  *An applicant who does not have the night requirements will be issued a certificate bearing "night flying prohibited" 
      *Prices are subject to change without notice.

Robinson R-22 Commercial Pilot Initial
  Per Hour Total
(Must hold Private Pilot License)    
30 Hrs. Flight Instruction Please Call Us  *
75 Hrs. Solo Flight Time Please Call Us  *
35 Hrs Ground Instruction Please Call Us   *
Books & Materials
Commercial Written Exam
Enrollment Fee
FAA Examiner's Fee   $450
10Hr IFR** $195/Hr $1,950
  TOTAL $ Please Call
* does not include fuel costs

** Instrument instruction can be used toward the Instrument Rating.
Robinson R-22 Commercial Pilot Add-on
  Per Hour Total
100 hrs Powered Aircraft w/ 10 hrs Instrument    
25 Hrs. Flight Instruction Please Call Us  *
35 Hrs. Solo Flight Time Please Call Us  *
20 Hrs Ground Instruction Please Call Us $1,300.00
Books & Materials
Enrollment Fee
  TOTAL $Please Call
* does not include fuel costs


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