How to become a helicopter pilot

How to become a helicopter pilot


To become a professional helicopter pilot, the first requirement is certainly passion, which allows you to overcome the obstacles of a training course that is as fascinating as it is demanding and expensive.

A visceral passion for flying, in a helicopter, which is truly special and different from all others.

In addition to passion, it is necessary to have an intermediate school leaving certificate and to have obtained a first class medical qualification at the authorised facilities in Milan, Rome or Bari.

How mich does it cost?

To obtain a professional qualification, there are two paths: modular and integrated, to which it is possible to associate ratings on different helicopters or ratings such as instrument flight (IR) or multi-crew flight (MCC).

Costs start at around € 60,000 for a ‘basic’ CPL licence, but the investment can be doubled depending on the route chosen and the ratings to be obtained during training.

How long does it take?

On average, the duration of a professional helicopter pilot training course can be set at two years of commitment.

However, the timeframe is mainly linked to two variables: the training course chosen (modular or integrated) with the associated qualifications, and whether or not the student can devote himself completely to the course.

There is also a minimum age for taking part in the courses (16) but no maximum age: it is certainly advisable to start before the age of 30 in order to be able to complete the training, work your way up the ladder and become a pilot in a few years so as to be able to recoup the investment.


Both courses (modular and integrated) alternate theoretical and practical parts of in-flight training.

From the experience gained in almost 40 years of activity, we feel we can say that the pilot, the good pilot, is trained above all in the classroom during the theoretical phases, because it is there that concepts, such as that of safety, which are at the basis of all the principles and operations in the aeronautical world are transmitted.