Commercial Pilot - Colorado Heliops
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Commercial Pilot


The FAA Commercial Pilot certificate allows pilots to work for compensation or hire for flying services that they can provide. These pilot services could involve many aspects of the helicopter industry from Instruction, Tours, Utility operations like external load, power line and gas line patrol/repair, Helicopter Air Ambulance, support of Oil & Gas operations both on and off shore and numerous additional missions.

The FAA Commercial flying standards are more stringent than Private Pilot standards and training at Heli-Ops includes a curriculum that develops Pilots with both flying and head working skills which addresses the reduction of accidents from pilot error and provides a path to a safe career. The Commercial program includes pilot development in a Safety Management System (SMS) which has become a industry Best Practice and provides insight to future employer requirements and the acceptance of expected pilot responsibilities. Pilots in Training will learn and demonstrate a “Just Safety Culture”. The FAA Industry Training Standards -Scenario Based Training (FITS SBT) curriculum offers many pilot development opportunities beyond the minimum FAA requirements at no additional costs.

Remember that this course is also a great way for the holder of a Private Pilot Certificate or aircraft owner to increase and improve their own flying skills and is highly recommended by Heli-Ops for safer operations at this level.

Note: Heli-Ops curriculums have been upgraded to include the soon to be required risk management elements of the Integrated Airmen Certification Standards (IACS). This ensures future training requirements are met now.

Most flight schools can teach people to control a helicopter to minimum requirements.

Colorado Heli-Ops provides a total program including modern FITS SBT flight training within a SMS and to the future IACS requirements.

  • Course Cost Estimate

  • $30,410.00

    Pay as you go, NO upfront payments at Heli-ops !

Above course cost includes:

  • 64 hours training in a Robinson R22
  • 64 hours of Flight Instruction
  • 40 hours Ground Instruction
  • FAA Written test
  • Books & Supplies*
  • FAA Examiner Fee


  1. Hold at least a private pilot certificate.
  2. Be able to read, speak write and understand the English language
  3. Pass a written knowledge test to FAA standards (we will help you with the training and knowledge for this).
  4. Fulfill the minimum requirements of flight time and ground training specified by the FAA (see below).
  5. Pass an oral, and flight test (Practical test) given by the FAA or an approved Designated Pilot Examiner.

Course prices are good faith estimates based on minimum flight times. Every student has different abilities and not everyone will complete the training to standard within the hours given above. Prices are subject to change without notice, for our most current rates please call or email.

Items annotated with * are estimates based on current stock call for current stock and prices.

**Aviation Medical examination charges do vary from Medical Examiner to Examiner, search for your closest Aviation Medical Examiner here, call your chosen Doctor to confirm the current price. If you need help choosing a Doctor in the Denver area call and ask for our recommendations.


Take one of our no obligation Discovery Introduction Flights. You will get 30 minutes of hands on flying with one of our Flight Instructors. You can buy a gift certificate online, or call our office on 1-303-466-4354 to book your flight.


For a helicopter rating: A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotor craft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of at least:

  1. 100 hours in powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters.
  2. 100 hours of pilot-in-command flight time, which includes at least 35 hours in helicopters; and 10 hours cross-country flight in helicopters.
  3. 20 hours of training that includes at least: Five hours of instrument training in an aircraft; One cross-country flight of at least two hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; Three hours in a helicopter in preparation for the practical test within the 60-day period preceding the date of the test.
  4. 10 hours of solo or dual received flight in a helicopter which includes at least: One cross-country flight with landings at a minimum of three points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nautical miles from the original point of departure; and five hours in night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern)