Private Pilot's Licence

Train with Balearic Helicopters and become a licensed pilot in as little as 5 weeks.

Balearic Helicopters provides helicopter pilot training of the highest possible standard with a world-wide reputation as one of the premier helicopter training companies in Europe.

- 45 Hours flight training

- 9 Ground exams

- 1 Medical

- Complete entire course in Mallorca

- Complete course in only 5 weeks

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The PPL (H) course compromises both flying and a series of ground school subjects. The minimum flying experience required to qualify for the new European licence is 45 hours. This includes a minimum of 10 hours solo. For the holder of a fixed wing PPL (A) a minimum of 39 hours, also to include 10 hours solo.

All ground, pre-flight and post-flight briefings are inclusive in the hourly training rate. The Aviation Authorities designated ground school subjects involve comprehensive briefing by an instructor with some self study on the part of the student. The students are examined using multi-choice papers.

The Helicopter

The Robinson R44 is the modern helicopter available for training and has substantially reduced the cost of qualifying for the PPL (H). It is estimated that 85% of all new civilian helicopter pilots are trained on the Robinson 44.

Balearic Helicopters also specialise in EASA Type Rating Training which will allow the PPL (H) holder to fly larger five place helicopters such as the Robinson R66.

The Robinson R44 helicopters are available to sanctioned PPL (H) holders for self-fly hire.

A popular first step with people who want to know more about flying a helicopter is a PPL (H) lesson in an R44 which costs 399.00 Euros including IVA. This includes a detailed pre-flight ground briefing and 30 minutes actual flying time, during which the student is normally encouraged to take the controls under supervision.

We pride ourselves on the standard of instruction here at Balearic Helicopters and have found that students find the one-to-one instruction more beneficial that the class structure. As far as possible, we endeavour to keep the same instructor with the same student for the majority of the course.

The information provided here will hopefully answer some of the questions you might have, although undoubtedly not all.


Ground School

  • 1 - Aviation Law
  • 2 - Meteorology
  • 3 - Navigation
  • 4 - Helicopter Principles of Flight
  • 5 - Flight Planning and Performance
  • 6 - Communications
  • 7 - Human Performance and Limitations
  • 8 - Operational Procedures
  • 9 - Helicopter General Knowledge
  • Flight Training

  • 1 - Familiarisation with the Helicopter
  • 2 - Preparation for and after flight
  • 3 - Air Experience
  • 4 - Effects of Controls
  • 5 - Power and Attitude changes
  • 6 - Straight & Level
  • 7 - Climbing
  • 8 - Descending
  • 9 - Turning
  • 10 - Basic Autorotation
  • 11 a, b, c - Hovering
  • 12 - Take-off and Landing
  • 13 - Transitions to climb and to hover
  • 14 a, b, c - Circuits
  • 15 - First Solo
  • 16 - Sideways and Backwards hovering
  • 17 - Spot Turns
  • 18 - Vortex Ring and Hover Out of Ground Effect
  • 19 - Simulated Engine Off Landings
  • 20 - Advanced Autorotations
  • 21 - Practice Forced Landings
  • 22 - Steep Turns
  • 23 - Transitions
  • 24 - Quick stops
  • 25 a, b, c - Navigation
  • 26 - Advanced Take-offs and Landings
  • 27 - Sloping Ground
  • 28 - Limited Power
  • 29 - Confined Areas
  • 30 - Basic Instrument Flight
  • Although this list may at first seem daunting, once the student has started the course, the ground school and flight training forms a logical and common sense part of the PPL (H) course.

    Additional qualifications also required are:

    Pass a EASA Medical (minimum Class 2 level).
    We have a local Aero Medical Examiner here in Mallorca, who will be able to complete your Medical Examination.

    Complete an English Language Proficiency Assessment.
    This can be completed online before you arrive, or whilst you are here.

    Pass the PPL (H) Skills Test.
    Pass the Skills Test, around 2 hours flying and 1 hour oral questioning, we have examiners here with Balearic Helicopters.

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