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CIVIL AVIATION SAFETY REGULATIONS 1998 - REG 61.615

Aeronautical experience requirements for grant of commercial pilot licences--helicopter category

             (1)  An applicant for a commercial pilot licence with the helicopter category rating must meet the aeronautical experience requirements under subregulation (1A) or (1B).

          (1A)  An applicant meets the aeronautical experience requirements under this subregulation if the applicant has at least 150 hours of aeronautical experience that includes:

                     (a)  at least 140 hours of flight time as a pilot; and

                     (b)  at least 70 hours of flight time as pilot of a helicopter; and

                     (c)  at least 35 hours of flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter; and

                     (d)  at least 10 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter.

          (1B)  An applicant meets the aeronautical experience requirements under this subregulation if:

                     (a)  the applicant has at least 105 hours of aeronautical experience that includes:

                              (i)  at least 105 hours of flight time as pilot of a helicopter; and

                             (ii)  at least 35 hours of flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter; and

                            (iii)  at least 10 hours of cross-country flight time as pilot in command of a helicopter; and

                     (b)  the applicant has completed training in accordance with the requirements specified in the Part 61 Manual of Standards for the purposes of this paragraph.

             (2)  Any of the required aeronautical experience that is not completed as flight time as a pilot must be completed as:

                     (a)  simulated flight time in an approved flight simulation training device for the purpose; or

                     (b)  tethered flight time.

             (3)  However, no more than 5 hours of the required aeronautical experience may be completed as tethered flight time.

             (4)  The cross-country flight time required by paragraph (1A)(d) and subparagraph (1B)(a)(iii) must include a flight of at least 150 nautical miles during which a landing is made at each of 2 landing areas, other than the one from which the flight began.



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