Commercial Pilot

As a commercial pilot you can work and earn money as a professional pilot



How to become a commercial pilot

  • Have at least a private pilot certificate
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English
  • Obtain a FAA medical certificate 
  • Pass an FAA written commercial knowledge test
  • Pass an FAA commercial oral and practical flight test (Check ride)
  • Reference: FAR §61.129

Aeronautical experience requirements

  1. 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters
  2. 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least 35 hours in helicopters
  3. 20 hours of dual instruction
  4. 10 hours solo flight time 
  5. 5 hours night time 
  6. Reference: FAR §61.129

Helicopter training costs 

Before starting Commercial Pilot training Private Pilot and Instrument Rating will be obtained. 
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate - minimum FAA requirements §61.109
  • $24,650

    pay as you go - no prior payment
  • 30 hours dual - $600 per hour - $18,000
  • 10 hours solo - $570 per hour - $5,700
  • FAA Written Exam - $150
  • Practical test - $800

Pay as you go

Some flight schools make you deposit money prior to flying, but Blue Hill Helicopters lets you start training right away and pay for lessons as you go.
You will pay the balance when you complete each flight lesson. 
The cost of flight training is challenging to estimate because it is very dependent on the student. Frequent flying improves learning ability. Some people can understand and retain information faster than others. These factors all affect the total cost of flight training.

Do I need a college degree to learn to fly helicopters?

No, anyone with a basic understanding of math and willingness to learn can become a helicopter pilot. 

Do I need prior military experience?

No prior military experience is required. 

Do I need perfect vision to fly?

No. As long as your vision can be corrected to a 20/20 vision you are eligible for a medical certificate. 

Can I fly for fun if I don't necessarily want to do it as a career?

Absolutely. We can meet your needs for flight training. A private pilot certificate will allow you to fly with passengers for fun. In order to get paid, you will need a commercial pilot certificate. 

What are the weight restrictions?

The seat limit on the Robinson R44 is 300 lb.