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Our Professional Helicopter Pilot study program / CPL (H)  consists of the required theory- and flight trainings, including 750 hours of theory and 135 hours of flight training. The study program  lasts approx. 18 months. As a full-time study, the duration is about 1.5 years, depending on the student's activity, study pace and progression. The training provides the skills and qualifications required to work as a helicopter pilot in commercial aviation or in aerial work. It is also possible to specialize in HEMS operations after the training and once necessary flight experience has been gained.

Students accepted for the Professional Helicopter Pilot study program are entitled to study grants for secondary education.


In Finland, the largest employers of helicopter pilots are Helsinki Citycopter and the medical helicopter services / HEMS operations, where various accident victims are encountered and assisted daily. 


The most common employers of helicopter pilots abroad are helicopter companies that perform charter flights and, for example, passenger transport to oil ferries. In Finland, diverse aerial work operations are also performed with single-engine helicopters.

Training Program:


  • During the first phase of the program the student will participate in PPL(H) training including 100 hours of theory and 45 hours of flight training with an R44 helicopter. 

  • During the second phase, flight training with an R44 helicopter and an EC135 FTD3-level training device will be given for resulting in a total of 135 hours of flight training.

  • In connection with the flight training, 650 hours of theory training for helicopter traffic pilots are studied. 

  • Finally, the authority's theory tests and the commercial pilot's skill test are performed.

The applicant can be accepted for the training program without previous flight experience or as a PPL(H) license holder. The holder of a PPL(H) license shall be credited with 50 per cent of the relevant experience, subject to a maximum of a) 40 hours, of which no more than 20 hours may be flight training, or; b) 50 hours, of which a maximum of 25 hours may be training flights, if the applicant has a helicopter night flight qualification.

After the professional helicopter pilot training program, the students have the opportunity to find versatile employment in Finland or internationally. The helicopter pilots we have trained have been employed by e.g. Helsinki Citycopter, FinHEMS and Heliwest.

Price: 161 200 € (Sis.Alv.)

Any questions about the training can be sent to SL Flight Training's email address

You can apply for the Professional Pilot Study Program all year round, studies usually start in the fall, but in some cases it is also possible to start the training  in the middle of the semester.

You can find more information about applying and entry requirements on the page admissions.

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