Type Ratings

Once you have obtained your PPL(H) license, you are permitted to fly the helicopter type on which your training was completed. This helicopter type will be endorsed on your license by the issuing authority.

If you wish to fly another helicopter type, a type-specific training (Type Rating) is required. This additional training is tailored to the new aircraft. Emergency procedures, technical aspects and flight characteristics are initially learned through theoretical instruction and later in practical training. Following this, a practical examination is conducted by a certified examiner.

The theoretical elements covered in the basic training are not addressed in the Type Rating.

The prerequisite for an “SEP” or “SET” rating is a valid PPL(H) or CPL(H) with a minimum of 5 hours of flight time.

Pilot during pre-flight check in the helicopter

Type Ratings Offered by Heli NRW

SEP – Single Engine Piston

  • Guimbal Cabri G2
  • Sikorsky/Schweizer S300/HU269
  • Robinson R44
  • Hiller UH-12
  • Bell 47

SET – Single Engine Turbine

  • Bell 206
  • Airbus Helicopters H125 / AS350
  • Airbus Helicopters  H120 / EC 120
  • Bell 505
  • Robinson R66
Schweizer 300C in the sky

Content and Procedure


In the practical part of a type rating, a certain number of flight hours on the desired aircraft type are required. For “SEP” and “SET” ratings, this is a minimum of 5 hours, and for “MET” rating, a minimum of 8 hours.

The practical training includes familiarization flights involving normal procedures, emergency procedures, and instrument orientation.


The theoretical component of a Type Rating covers the following subjects:

  • Airframe, Rotor, Systems, Normal Operation of Systems, and Abnormal Operations
  • Operating Limits
  • Flight Performance, Flight Planning, and Monitoring
  • Loading, Center of Gravity and Preparation
  • Emergency Procedure


The course for obtaining a type rating consists of theoretical training and a final test, followed by cockpit and flight training and a practical examination.

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