Flying a helicopter is unlike any other flight experience out there. The ability to maneuver up and down, front to back, side to side will leave the pilot with such a great feeling of unrestricted flight that even the most seasoned of aviators will be left wanting more! Freedom, flexibility and utility are the three words that best describe heli flight. The number of missions that a helicopter can be called upon to fulfill are too great to list, but a few include heavy lift operations, aerial photography, survey, search and rescue, fire fighting, law enforcement, surveillance, and of course air tours!
14 CFR 61.109(c) Aeronautical ExperienceAt least 40 hours of flight time that includes at 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours solo flight training, the training must include at least:3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter that includes; one cross-country flight of over 50 nautical miles total distance; and 10 takeoffs and 10 landings (with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter, which must have been performed within 2 calendar months preceding the date of the test10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter, consiting of at least; 3 hours cross country time; one cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with landings at a minimun of three points; and one segment of the flight being a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations; and three takeoffs and 3 landings (with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport with an operating control tower