The Commercial Flight Training Programme
This is a 30hr modular training course plus 5 hrs night flying.
While there are many detailed requirements, broadly speaking the flying can be broken down as follows:
1 – 10hrs aircraft handling
The exercises learnt during the PPL are reinforced and perfected to a higher standard, in particular forced landings and advanced autorotations. Time is spent considering photographic and video work and the precise control of the helicopter during various flight attitudes whilst maintaining a stable photographic platform. Limited power and performance techniques are practiced and emergency procedures examined in detail.
2 – 10hrs simulated instrument flying
An extension to the 5 hrs instrument instruction received during the PPL course, including timed climbing and descending turns, unusual attitudes and autorotations.
3 – 10hrs navigational flying
The requirements here are quite specific and can be broken down into 4 elements:
A – Heading hold and site finding
Whilst maintaining a precise height, speed and heading and using different scale maps, the task is to efficiently fly to, identify and make an approach to, a designated hotel or house. A very practical exercise because as a commercial pilot you may well be asked to collect and transport clients to and from such venues.
B – Track Crawl exercise
This simulates things such as pipeline surveys and inspections. Low level flying maintaining a precise path over the ground.
C – Use of Navigational Aids
Identifying, intercepting and tracking navigational Aids
D – Diversion exercise
This effectively simulates a ‘return to base’ call and requires that whilst airborne and flying, you calculate a heading and estimated time of arrival for the return of the aircraft to a given destination.