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Initial Turbine Rating

Initial Turbine Rating

Recommended minimum requirements for a turbine rating would be a HPPL with a minimum of 100 hours PIC, this may change depend on the relevant aircraft insurance minimums.

Single engine: The training starts with ground school covering all aspects of the relevant turbine helicopter. This will take between 2-5 hours depending on the candidates experience. After you have acquired the theory knowledge expect to spend at least and hour going through a preflight check and familiarizing yourself with the systems.

The flight training will be broken up into four phases:

  1. Starting, ground emergencies and shutting down.
  2. Upper air work
  3. Ground maneuvers, hovering, lift of and touch down.
  4. Emergencies

Once the above is complete the candidate will sit and exam and need to achieve a 75% pass mark.

Moving from a piston driven aircraft to a turbine driven aircraft is a great way to forward your flying experience, if done correctly it can be a great skill to achieve.

Twin Turbine Rating: Recommended minimum requirements for a twin turbine rating would be either a HCPL license or 200 hours as PIC, this too may change depend on the relevant aircraft insurance minimums. A Multi-Crew Co-Operation course is recommended when doing training on a multi pilot aircraft.

Ground school will take between 2-3 days as there are a lot more systems and procedures to go through. The ground orientation and preflight may take 2-4 hours. Knowing the systems before getting into the pilots seat will put you well ahead of the aircraft while doing the flight training.

The flight training will be broken up into four phases:

  1. MCC course (Optional)
  2. Starting, ground emergencies and shutting down.
  3. Upper air work
  4. Ground maneuvers, hovering, lift of and touch down.
  5. Emergencies

Once the above is complete the candidate will sit and exam and need to achieve a 75% pass mark.

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