To fly different kinds of helicopter, you require a 'type rating' for each specific type on your licence. In order to keep your type rating valid you must also complete a 'proficiency check' (PC) each year with an examiner.
ICE Helicopters can provide various type ratings, turbine ratings on the R66 or MD520, and also has an in-house examiner for flight tests and PCs.
The type rating course length varies depending on the helicopter type, but is usually 5 hours or less. After completing the course, there is a practical flying test with a CAA approved examiner to assess your competence at handling the aircraft.
Your instructor will ensure that you are ready for your test and to fly the new type safely and with confidence. Our objective is simple - to ensure that you are prepared for your test and that you are ready to fly the new aircraft type safely and with confidence.
We currently offer type ratings on our Robinson R44, R66, Cabri G2 & MD520N and are able to conduct training on your own Bell 206.
Whether you are progressing through the career of being a pilot or just wishing to learn to fly a new type of aircraft, ICE are pleased to offer turbine training.
The vast majority of commercial helicopter operations use larger turbine powered helicopters, such as tours, aerial filming, corporate and air ambulance. These engines can deliver a much higher thrust-to-weight ratio, and are more suited to operating at high altitudes. Turbine helicopters still fly the same as piston helicopters, however to start-up and manage the engine is very different and if carried out incorrectly, could lead to a huge amount of engine damage.
Our turbine rating courses are comprehensively planned and designed to enable you to get to grips with the differences of a turbine engine whilst also learning to safety fly the aircraft and is carried out on the Robinson R66 helicopter.
If you are already a pilot and would like to have a go in the R66, we can offer a 1 hour experience flight which will give you a taste of flying a more powerful turbine aircraft and can count towards your type rating should you wish to continue.
R66 Course Minimum Flight Times
Initial Turbine: 5 hours
Additional Turbine (without R22/R44 rating): 4 hours
Additional Turbine (with R22/R44 rating): 3 hours
R66 Turbine Startup
Licence Proficiency Check (PC)
A proficiency check must be taken annually to maintain currency of your helicopter type rating. At ICE Helicopters we have both internal and external CAA authorised examiners who can provide you with a revalidation up to 3 months prior to your expiry date, or renewal for the Cabri G2, MD520, Robinson R22, R44 & R66.
The requirement for revalidation (provided the rating is current) is to have flown two hours in the previous 12 months (including the PC which typically lasts around 40 minutes). If the rating has lapsed and is no longer current, then two hours must have been completed in the previous 12 months before the PC can be taken. If you haven't managed to log the full two hours, then one of our instructors will be pleased to fly with you and complete some pre-test training.
We are available to conduct PC's 7 days a week and for type ratings which have expired by more than five years, we can arrange a course of training to bring you up to the standard required. In this case the type exam (multiple choice) may also need to be taken. To discuss your requirements or to book then please do not hesitate to contact us.