If I hold a helicopter commercial rating, can I convert to fixed-wing?
HELICOPTER COMMERCIAL (ATP) TO FIXED WING COMMERCIAL
- Pilots holding a Foreign Helicopter Certificate must obtain the Letter of Authorization and good standings from their Government sent to U.S. FAA.
PRIVATE PILOT (In order to log PIC flight time later, the Private Pilot Certificate must be taken.)
- 20.0 Hours Dual Cessna 172 (G-1000)
- 10.0 Hours Solo Cessna 172 (G-1000)
- –5.0 Hours Solo Cross Country (Including Long PPL Cross country)
- No FAA Written Test Required
- FAA Private Pilot Certificate Flight Test Required with DPE and Aircraft
INSTRUMENT RATING (Must have Helicopter Instrument Rating)
- 15.0 Hours Dual Cessna 172(G-1000) with a CFI-I Instructor
- 10.0 Hours Dual Cessna 172(G-1000) *Acting PIC (Cross Country)
- –Must complete Commercial Cross Country. 300KM Cross Country at Night.
- –IFP Written Test Required
- –FAA Instrument Pilot Flight Test required with DPE and Aircraft
NOTE: No Helicopter Instrument – Needs to complete the whole Part 61 Instrument Program.
COMMERCIAL PILOT (SINGLE-ENGINE)
- 10.0 Hours Dual Complex or TAA Aircraft (Cessna 172 G-1000 with Auto-Pilot)
- 10.0 Hours Dual Cessna 172(G-1000)
- –No FAA Written Test
- –FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate Flight Test Required with DPE and Aircraft
MULTI-ENGINE ADD-ON TO COMMERCIAL-INSTRUMENT
- 5.0 Hours Dual Flight Simulator – PA-44
- 10.0 Hours Dual PA-44
- 14.0 Hours One on One Ground Instruction
- 4.0 Hours Pre and Post Activity Briefing
- –No FAA Written Test
- –FAA Commercial Multi/Instrument Flight Test required with DPE and Aircraft
NOTE: All flight times are at a minimum. Each individual pilot’s time may vary from this amount depending on pilots capabilities to adapt to a Fixed-Wing Aircraft.
REQUIREMENTS FOR PROGRAMS
PRIVATE PILOT (FAR 61.109)
- 3.0 Hours Dual Cross Country in a S.E. Airplane
- 3.0 Hours Dual Night in a S.E. Airplane
- –10 Night Take off and landings in a S.E. Airplane
- –1 Night Cross Country 100KM in a S.E. Airplane
- 3.0 Hours Dual Simulated Instrument in a S.E. Airplane
- 3.0 Hours Dual Preparation for Flight Test within 60 Days
- 10.0 Hours Solo in a S.E. Airplane
- 5.0 Hours Solo Cross Country in a S.E. Airplane
8.0 Hours Dual S.E. Airplane to get the pilot to Solo. This amount of time is only an estimate. How quickly the pilot adapts to flying Fixed Wind Aircraft will depend on them. This is the only variable, the rest of the time must be logged.
INSTRUMENT RATING (FAR 61.65)
- 15.0 Hours with a CFII Flight Instructor
- 10.0 Hours Solo or Acting PIC Cross Country.
- –1 – Cross Country to meet the Commercial Long Cross Country Requirement. 300KM total length, First leg 250KM one way distance from original departure point. This cross country needs to be completed at night and close to 5.0 hours.
NOTE: The Applicant must have an Instrument Rating on their Foreign Pilot License to complete this program. If the pilot has NO INSTRUMENT RATING, he/she must complete the complete 40 hour program from the beginning.
All flight time must be completed.
COMMERCIAL PILOT (FAR 61.129)
- 10.0 Dual Complex Aircraft or TAA Aircraft (C-172 G-1000 with Autopilot)
- 10.0 Dual Cessna 172 (G-1000)
NOTE: At the end of all 3 programs, the student needs: (All S.E. Airplane Time): 50 Hours PIC: 10 Hours PIC Cross country; 20 Hours Training in the CPL areas; 10 Hours Instrument; 10 Hours Complex of TAA; 2.0 Hour Day Cross Country; 2.0 Hours Night Cross Country; 3 Hours within 60 days prep; Long CPL Cross country; 5 hours Night PIC with 10 TO and Landings. Review the regulations.