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Become an offshore helicopter pilot and reach a market few people know about

Written by Paulo Nogueira
Published 18/04/2018 às 08:53


Few people know or know how to become a commercial helicopter pilot, especially in the offshore field. Understand the steps and the school that administers the course

Contrary to what many people think, being a helicopter piloto is not so complex, in fact, with complete primary education and a minimum of 17 years, it is already possible to start the course and look at a market that no one else looks at, reaching salaries that can reach up to R$18.000,00. But to walk this path there are some fundamental steps, such as schooling and values. Below, find out the requirements for each category of this profession.


To start the Private Pilot Course, the student must be at least 17 years old and have completed 1st degree. For a Commercial Pilot, a high school diploma is required.
It is also necessary to take the test of the type of aircraft (Ground School R22) that the school also offers to students.

  1. For the formation of PPH – Private Pilot Helicopter requires at least 35 practical flight hours.
    The PPH Course is the first step for those who dream of becoming a pilot, the PPH is the qualification to fly private aircraft.
    Before starting the practical classes, the student must provide the Aeronautical Medical Certificate (CMA) which is the performance of health examinations at hospitals and clinics accredited by ANAC.
    The Student needs to take a theoretical course for Private Helicopter Pilot in an approved school and after the end of this course, he must take a theoretical test at ANAC called “Banca da ANAC”, but he can start the practical classes before taking the test.
  2. To form PCH – Commercial Helicopter Pilot requires at least 65 more practical flight hours.
    This is the phase of professionalization of the pilot, where the student is prepared for the civil aviation market, being able to exercise the profession in private companies, specialized air services, air taxi and large airlines, including OFFSHORE that are currently in demand for hiring trained professionals.
    The student must take a commercial pilot theoretical course in an approved entity and take a new bench at ANAC, this time for Commercial Pilot and 1st class CMA.
  3. To form INVH – Helicopter flight instructor at least 10 more practical flight hours are required.
    This is the phase in which the pilot becomes a flight instructor and passes on to transmit his knowledge and experience to the students.
    It is also a good way to acquire flight hours to add to your resume and seek better placement in the market.
    In order to take the INVH course, the pilot must take a theoretical INVH course at an approved school, be approved at the ANAC Board, to be sent for the check.

Value of Practical Classes

  • When you are starting to fly, you will fly in the Robinson 22. A very small aircraft for only two people. The flight hourly rate varies from R$ 700,00 to R$ 800,00. This value depends on the package of hours you do and the school chosen.
  • To be a Private Pilot, you need to have at least 35 practical hours. What would be in reais something around R$ 26.250,00 (base hour value R$ 750,00)
  • To be a Commercial Pilot, you need to be a Private Pilot and have 100 practical hours. Amount spent BRL 70.000,00 (base hour amount BRL 700,00)
  • In addition to these values, there are exam fees, practical courses, didactic material, medical examination (CCF). All of this should be approximately R$ 6.000,00, that is, the amount to be a Helicopter Pilot is at least R$ 76.000,00.

School running the course

The authorized and approved school to teach the courses is Helibraz, a company with a great tradition in the market and trust in the civil aviation market. If you want more information about prices and classes, contact us at (48) 999751524 – TIM, (48) 991515464 – VIVO or email cmtebraz@gmail.com.  You can also go to her contact page by clicking here for more information..

Paulo Nogueira

With a technical background, I worked in the offshore oil and gas market for a few years. Today, my team and I are dedicated to bringing information from the Brazilian energy sector and the world, always with credible and up-to-date sources.

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