Theoretical training


The theoretical program includes approximately 120 hours. These classes take place at our school in Wevelgem EBKT.
The preparation for the theoretical test is divided into 9 modules.

1. Aviation Regulation and operational procedures
2. Principles of Flight (aerodynamics)
3. General knowledge of aircraft and instruments
4. Flight Performance and Planning
5. Navigation and radio aids
6. Operational procedures
7. Radio communications
8. Meteorology
9. Human performance and limitations

After completing the course and having passed our trial examinations, you will be proposed to do the official exam which has to be passed at the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority. The exams consist of multi-choice question papers.

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Practical training

Practical training

The practical or flying training for private helicopter pilot is done on the Robinson R22 or on the Robinson R44 helicopters.

The program of this practical training consists of 4 stages:

1. Elementary stage composed of the basic training and a solo phase
2. Advanced stage
3. Cross-country or navigation stage
4. Final review stage

During the basic training, the trainee pilot becomes familiar with the basic of the helicopter flying and the knowledge of emergency procedures. The basic training is completed with the unique solo period.

During the second training stage, the student will receive instruction and increase his proficiency in all private pilot helicopter operations. This phase emphasize as well the landing techniques outside aerodromes.

During the navigation phase, the student will be introduced in navigation techniques, procedures in controlled airspace and flight planning. During these navigation exercises, one learns to handle radio navigation aids.

The final review stage is the culmination of the training. This final section is the bridge to the flying skill test. After a positive assessment of the instructors, the aspirant PPL(H) is presented to the examiner for the general flight test. These examiners are assigned by the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority.

Before being presented for the final flight exam, the student pilot must initially have passed the theoretical exam.

EASA Regulations

The EASA regulations allow credit for flight hours gained under an ICAO license.
The amount of credit is dependent on a pilot’s overall flight time and the types of licenses already held.
Each pilot will have different circumstances that require different conversion requirements.

What do we offer?

STB-Copter offers conversion courses and routes that are tailored to the individual’s circumstances, allowing the pilot’s experience and existing licenses to be used to the full to meet the conversion requirements to an EASA license.

Please contact us with your specific requirements, and we will be pleased to prepare a detailed quotation outlining the best route to take to make the most use of your existing flight time, and to obtain the required license at the minimum cost.

What do you need?

  • EASA medical Class 2
  • Theoretical exam on the subjects Air Law and Human Performance
  • Radiotelephony qualification
  • Language Proficiency minimum level 4
  • At least 100 hours of flight experience on Helicopters
  • Skill Test with a BCAA examiner.

Issuance of a Belgian EASA Part-FCL PPL(H) VFR/IR SPH.
(Conversion of a foreign licence)

Requirements for the issuance of a Belgian EASA Part-FCL PPL(H) VFR SPH issued on the basis of an ICAO-PPL(H) VFR SPH issued in a non-EASA member state.

  • EASA Part-Med medical certificate class 2 issued by an authorized Belgian AME.
  • Theoretical examination PPL(H) subjects “air law” and “human performance” in accordance with FCL.215.
  • Proof of the radiotelephony qualification entered in the foreign pilot’s license.
  • Demonstrate language proficiency in accordance with FCL.055 (minimum level 4)
  • Copy of the logbook page(s) including the practical exam (skill test) for initial license issue.
  • Minimum total flying hour’s experience: 100 hours as pilot of helicopters.
  • Skill test PPL(H) VFR with examiner on SP helicopter in accordance with FCL.235 and ‘BCAA Guide for
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  • Requirements for the issue of the relevant class or type rating, in accordance with Subpart H.
  • Application for the issuance of a pilot’s license/permit.
  • Copies of all pages of the current and valid foreign pilot’s licence with entry of the required type rating (pending license is not accepted)
  • Copies of all pages of the valid foreign medical certificate.
  • Copies of last 3 pages of the logbook
  • Copy of passport