Flight Instructor Helicopter

Teach in a helicopter!


During the FI(H) course, not only do you learn how to teach, and expand your career opportunities, you also get to know yourself a lot better. As you learn how to transfer knowledge (i.e. teach), you discover your own strengths and weaknesses, and you learn what drives you, and which qualities inside of you have gotten you this far in life. That is phenomenal.
The flight instructor course consists of a theoretical part of 125 hours, and a practical part of 30 flying hours. The course is completed with an exam in which you teach a “student” an entire theoretical- and practical lesson.

Before starting the course, you need to be at least 18 years of age, and you need to meet a number of conditions.
If you already have your CPL(H) license, you can commence when you:

  • Have a minimum of 220 hours of experience flying helicopters;
  • Have a minimum of 100 hours of experience as a helicopter pilot in command (PIC).

If you have your PPL(H) license, you can commence when you:

  • Have a minimum of 200 hours of experience as a helicopter pilot in command (PIC).


You start with a number of theoretical lessons in which you learn about different learning styles, and how your teaching method works best with different types of students.
After this, you will dig deeper into the theory of flying helicopters, and you will learn in detail what it is that helicopters do exactly, and why. You also learn how to transfer these knowledge parts to students through a variety of exercises and presentations.
In all, the theoretical part covers 125 hours.


You are going to put into practice everything you have just gained from your theoretical lessons in a parallel manner, and you will teach your “student” actual flying lessons, so you can find out how another person responds to your lessons / teaching methods.
This flight part covers 30 flying hours.


The course concludes with an exam. As soon as you pass this exam, you are qualified to train new students to be helicopter pilots.

Prior to this exam, your examiner will assign you a subject that you will need to teach. During the first part of this exam, you will give a presentation (theoretical lesson) to a group of students. In the second part of the exam, you will be giving your examiner a flight instruction.


The costs of the instructor course are approximately € 27.000.

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