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Type Rating TR

Type Rating for other helicopter types.

The attainment of additional type ratings improves flying skills, extends the range of operations and increases flight safety. Trained pilots can complete type rating training on all our helicopter types, after which they have the option of hiring the helicopters for private flights.


The TR type rating distinguishes between "initial" and "additional".

Initial Type Rating ITR

With an "Initial Type Rating ITR", candidates complete their first type rating on a helicopter with a specific type of engine (piston engine or turbine). This could be, for example, pilots who have completed their initial training (private pilot license) on a Robinson R22 (piston engine) and are now retraining on a Bell 505 (turbine).
As this would be the first type rating on a turbine helicopter, it is referred to as an "initial type rating".

Additional Type Rating ATR

An "Additional Type Rating ATR" describes the retraining on another helicopter type with the same type of engine (e.g. from the Robinson R22 to the Robinson R44, both with piston engines). In direct comparison to the ITR, the ATR is less complex and therefore smaller in scope.



License valid PPL(H) license
Medical license Class 2


Theoretical training

The theoretical part of a type rating is the initial ground course and, if applicable, the awareness course and must be completed for each helicopter type rating. A written examination concludes the course and is a prerequisite for the successful rating.

Ground course per helicopter type

The ground course is a mandatory component of PPL(H) basic training and of retraining for a new helicopter type. The basis for this course is the manufacturer's manual (Pilot Operating Handbook). The following topics are covered in classroom instruction over a period of approx. 12-54 hours, depending on the complexity of the system:

  • General Information
  • Limitations
  • Emergency Procedure
  • Normal Procedures
  • Performance
  • Weight & Balance
  • System Description

Another important part of the ground course is the pre-flight check on the helicopter, which every pilot must complete before the flight.

The course is valid for 6 months. The type rating must be completed within this period.

Awareness course

In accordance with SFAR 73 (Special Federal Aviation Regulation No. 73 of the Federal Aviation Administration FAA), the awareness course provides training in the characteristics of a two-blade rotor system. This course is highly recommended for pilots flying a helicopter with a two-blade rotor system. The awareness course is mandatory for Robinson R22 pilots and must be completed before the first solo flight. The following topics are covered in the classroom lessons

  • Energy Management
  • Mast Bumping
  • Low Rotor RPM / Blade Stall
  • Low G hazards
  • Rotor RPM decay

The awareness course is part of the ground course and subsequently applicable to any helicopter with a two-blade rotor system.

Multi Engine Pre-Entry Course

In order to obtain a type rating on a twin-engine helicopter, certain subjects must be completed in theory. If you have a (frozen) ATPL license entry, this is fulfilled. Alternatively, you can complete a multi-engine pre-entry course, which we offer as a self-study course with a few hours of classroom instruction.

Flight training

Depending on previous experience and the complexity of the system, practical training comprises 5 - 15 flying hours and includes

  • Situation flying, cross-country approaches, emergency procedures
  • Full-load flight
  • High altitude flight
  • Exam preparation
  • BAZL examination

Privileges & validity

Authorizations after completion of the type rating

After completion of the type rating, the corresponding helicopter type is entered in the license and may therefore be flown.

Validity of the license

The license never expires, only the type ratings, license proficiency checks and the medical. Each type rating acquired is entered in the license and must be maintained and/or renewed accordingly:

  • at least 2 h RTT per helicopter type within the last 12 months before the expiry date or according to the conditions in the helicopter rental contract from Mountainflyers
  • Annual proficiency check according to the type rating entry in the license with a FOCA examiner
  • valid medical class 2


You can find an overview of the costs for the entire training course in our training brochure.

Depending on the intensity, previous experience and the type of helicopter selected, prices are calculated individually. We will be happy to provide you with a non-binding consultation and prepare a customized offer for you.

Download our training brochure here

TR Airbus H125 combination package with the simulator

Obtain the type rating for the Airbus H125 with our combination package with simulator.

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