CPL/H – Comercial pilot license


To start training to become a commercial pilot, the following criteria has to be met:

  • Minimum age before 1st solo flight: 16 years
  • Minimum age at date of license issuance: 18 years
  • Positive medical fitness: Medical Class 1
    > Link to medical lows about Medical fitness test
    > List of AMC’s (Aero Medical Centers) for Medical fitness test
  • Valid Austrian PPL/H with valid type rating or valid PPL/H of an ICAO member country
  • Proof of minimum 155 total flight hours in helicopters
  • 50 hours of these 155 hours must be as Pilot in Command
  • 10 hours of these 155 hours must have been conducted as Cross-Country flights
  • Proof of common knowledge in mathematics, physics and English (will be determined by the flight school)

Requirements after completion of training course / license issuance:

  • 185 total flight hours
  • Radio telephony certificate (EFZ or AFZ)
  • English language proficiency check: minimum level 4 of 6
  • Completed night visual flying course (minimum 5 hours)
  • Cross Country flight and flight with minimum distance of 185 km, on which two external airports have to be flown at.

Previous knowledge

For pilots holding a PPL/A, training can be reduced. Taken into account are:

  • 20 hours of airplane flight hours
  • Existing theoretical training cannot be taken into account!

For pilots holding a CPL/A or ATPL/A, training can be reduced. Taken into account are:

  • 50 flight hours
  • Theoretical training:
    > 010 Air law and ATC procedures
    > 031 Mass & Balance
    > 033 Flights Planning and Monitoring
    > 040 Human Performances
    > 050 Meteorology
    > 061 General Navigation
    > 062 Radio Navigation
    > 091 VFR Communications

In a personal conversation, we can discuss your individual previous knowledge and inform you about the extent of hours and subjects taken into account. These elements of PPL/A, CPL/A and ATPL/A will be deducted from the price after confirmation!


The theory consists of at least 250 hours. The lessons are a combination of class tuition (110 hours) and web-based training (140 hours). 13 theoretical subjects are covered by the curriculum, which must be completed within a maximum of 18 months: :

  • 010 Air Law and ATC Procedures
  • 021 Aircraft General Knowledge
  • 022 Instrumentation
  • 031 Mass & Balance
  • 034 Performance Helicopters
  • 033 Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • 040 Human Performance
  • 050 Meteorology
  • 061 General Navigation
  • 062 Radio Navigation
  • 070 Operational Procedures
  • 082 Principles of Flight
  • 091 VFR Communications

Practical training

The practical part is divided into two phases:

  • Visual flight training (minimum 20 hours)
  • Basics of instrument flight (minimum 10 hours)

Total flying hours: > 30 hours

The total of 30 flight hours are completed with a trained flight instructor. 10 out of these must be mastered under IFR. The remainder of 20 hours are typically visual flight training under daylight conditions.

Night vision flight training is an additional requirement for the CPL/H. This training can also be completed at RotorSky:
In the night vision flight training, at least 5 hours are flown at night. These consist of at least 3 hours of training with a flight instructor, 5 approaches and go-arounds in a solo flight at night and an minimum 1 hour of en route flight.

EUR 21.756,-

incl. VAT.
with Sikorsky S300


We are happy to inform you personally about the training. Call us or send us a message.


Hotline: +43 2732 70309

E-Mail: fly@rotorsky.at.

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Our commercial pilots say:

It’s a new experience every time and a lot of fun!

Each airplane or helicopter type has its own characteristics. It brings a lot of diversity in the daily business to get to know different models. Together with RotorSky I was able to realize my training in the helicopter spectrum!

Colonel Dr. Georg Gappmaier

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