Pilot in Cockpit

In 2022: ‘integrated CPL (H) professional helicopter pilot training with ATPL theory’

Helicopter pilot training
Helicopter pilot training
Helicopter pilot training
Teaching staff
Requirements and training location
Course fees

This professional helicopter pilot training has theoretical (approx. 3/4) and practical (approx. 1/4) components that teach you the knowledge and skills needed to perform the role of a professional helicopter pilot.

The course lasts just under two years and aims for participants to obtain a professional helicopter pilot licence. It includes the following learning content:

  • Aviation law
  • Airframe, systems, engines and electrical equipment
  • Instruments
  • Mass and centre of gravity
  • Flight performance, planning and control
  • Human performance
  • Meteorology
  • General navigation
  • Radio navigation
  • Operating procedures
  • Aerodynamics
  • Communication
  • Knowledge, skills and attitudes

Please contact us if you have questions about the course.

Note about applications:

Course registration starts 01. June 2023.

The highly qualified in-house flight instructors who deliver the course work at places such as DRF Luftrettung’s 29 bases nationwide. As a result, they have extensive aviation expertise: night flights, hoist rescue, take-offs and landings in densely populated areas and missions on impassable Alpine terrain are all part of our diverse spectrum of missions.

The requirements for admission to the course are a minimum age of 21 and a successfully completed vocational training programme (e.g. a traineeship or apprenticeship) or an undergraduate degree.

The practical component of the course will take place at the DRF Luftrettung Operation Center at the Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport. The theory component is taught on the DRF Luftrettung academy’s premises in Bühl. You will also need a Class 1 medical certificate and background check at the time you begin the course, after you have successfully finished at the on-site assessment centre. 

The course fees will come to €123,000. This total amount includes theory lessons as well as flight and simulator hours, landing fees, radio training (BZF II certificate), an additional course in maintenance (Part 147) and another in medicine.

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Many thanks to the designer Sebastian Stephan.“

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Source / design: Sebastian Stephan