HAL Rotary Wing Academy, Bangalore (India) was established in February 2000 for helicopter flying training of abinitio civil pilot trainees. Academy was inspected and approved by the Director General Civil Aviation of India on 14 Feb 2000.
The status of academy and information on its infrastructure as on 01 Jan 2011 is as follows:
i. Validity of the Academy - DGCA approval No. 03 of 2001 Valid till 14.07.13
ii. Number of Helicopters held - 4 (Four)
iii. Types of Helicopters - Chetak (Alloutte) – Two
- Schweizer 300C – One
- Schweizer 330SP – One
iv. Number of Instructor - Flying Instructors – Three
- Ground Instructors – Three
v. Number of students (civil) - Civil – 6
- Non Civil (Army) – 10
- Non Civil (Coast Guard) – 02
- Non Civil (CPMF) – 07
vi. Class room facility - Available with multimedia projector
and black board
vii. Hostel facility - Not provided
viii. Flying Training Rate - Rs. 30,000/- per hour on piston engined Schweizer
(as on 01 Oct 09) helicopter 300C
- Rs. 35,000/- per hour on turbine engined Schweizer
- Rs. 65,000/- per hour on Chetak helicopter.
(Dhruv is not offered for training but is available for charter at the prevailing rates)
ix. Tentative Duration of training – 20 to 24 months for CHPL
08 to 10 months for PHPL
x. Name of Chief Flying Instructor – Capt Vishnu Singh Rawal
xi. Name of Chief Ground Instructor –
xii. Name of Quality Control Managers:
- Technical : Mr. Joseph Sakharia
- Training : Capt V.S Rawal
xiii. Name of Accountable Manager - Wg Cdr (Retd) U K Pillai
xiv. Number of student who obtained licence
- CHPL -26
- PHPL -4
xv. Other relevent information – Academy has current permit from DGCA to operate
Non-Scheduled flights (Charters and air ambulance).
Please see charter terms and conditions under the same website.
Types of helicopter operated by the Academy:
The basic flying training is carried out on Schweizer Helicopter Model 300C (piston engine type). Option is available to train on Schweizer 330SP (gas turbine type) at extra cost. In addition, the Academy has Chetak and Dhruv (ALH) helicopters which would be available for conversion training / skill test of licensed pilots and charter service.
The Academy will invite applications from registering candidates for flying training 3 to 4 months in advance of the completion of flying training of the previous batch of trainee pilots. The course duration will be approx. 20 to 24 months for Commercial Helicopter Pilot’s Licence (CHPL) and 8 to 10 months for Private Helicopter Pilot’s Licence (PHPL). The duration may extend depending on various factors. Application and prospectus charges are Rs. 300/- and registration fee (Non Refundable) is Rs. 20,000/-
Qualifications: Both girls and boys are admitted for the course. The requisite qualifications for Commercial Helicopter Pilot's Licence (CHPL) are as follows:
i) Age: Not less than 18 years on the date of
application to the DGCA for licence after completion of flying training.
Allowing for the course duration, the student may not be less than 17 years on
the date of joining the course.
ii) Educational Qualification: should have passed in Class 10+2 with Physics and Mathematics or its equivalent from any recognised Board / University.
iii) Medical Fitness: Class II medical fitness as certified by a DGCA empanelled doctor or Medical Establishment is adequate for issue of Student Pilot's Licence and to commence flying training, he/She should preferably obtain class I medical status prior to commencement of flying training or soon thereafter to avoid becoming ineligible for issue of CHPL Licence should he/she be declared UNFIT Class I during the middle of his/her flying training resulting in wastage of flying fee paid.
Qualifications for Private Helicopter Pilot's Licence (PHPL) are as follows:
i) Age: Not less than 17 years on the date of
application for DGCA licence. Allowing for the course duration, the student may
not be less than 16 1/2 years on the date of joining the course.
ii) Educational Qualification: should have passed Class 10 or its equivalent from any recognised Board.
iii) Medical Fitness: Medically fit class II as certified by a DGCA empanelled doctor or Medical Establishment for issue of Student Pilot Licence , FRTOL (R) and PHPL licence.
Candidates for PHPL and CHPL will be put through 100 hours of ground training to make them eligible to appear for student pilot licence viva test to be held at the academy. Thereafter CHPL students will undergo further 250 hours of ground training to be eligible appear for examinations in Air Regulations, Air Navigation, Aviation Meteorology, Technical (aircraft and engines) subjects as per the syllabus prescribed by the DGCA. The Academy will coach the students on these subjects. Passing of the ground subjects is necessary before he/she qualifies for issue of Pilot’s Licence by the DGCA besides completion of 150 hrs of flying training.
All students will be issued Fight Radio telephony Licence Restricted (FRTOL (R)) after they qualify for SPL. The test will be conducted at the academy but the licence will be issued by the DGCA after due scrutiny.
CHPL Students will thereafter need to qualify in Radio Telephony Restricted to Aviation RTR (A) test conducted by the Wireless Planning Cell (WPC) under Ministry of Communications, at different centres in the country every alternate month of the year. On passing this test called a Certificate of Proficiency in RTR (A), issued by the WPC, the DGCA issues FRTO licence
As per the existing regulations, a student for PHPL shall satisfactorily complete not less than 10 hrs of flying to be eligible to appear for DGCA conducted ground subjects examinations and there after further 30 hours of flying as per the prescribed syllabus. An ab-initio CHPL student must complete 25 hours of flying to be eligible to appear for all the ground subjects examination conducted by DGCA and thereafter further 125 hrs of flight time as per the syllabus laid down.
A holder of Commercial Pilot’s Licence on Aeroplane (CPL) or higher licence (ATPL) who has not less than 500 hrs of flight time as Pilot in Command (PIC) on aeroplanes, will need 30 hrs of flight time on helicopter, to qualify for Commercial Pilot Licence on helicopters. A holder of CPL who has satisfactorily completed not less than 300 hrs of flight time as PIC on Aeroplane shall require to complete not less than 20 hrs of flight time on helicopter to qualify for Private Pilot Licence on helicopters.
Training Fee Charges:
for Flying Training effective from Oct 09 are as follows:
Rs. Per hour on Helicopter Type
1) Fee for pilot training,
2) Fee for Proficiency Check/ Skill Test
3) Registration Fee for Pilot’s Training Course
4) Training Kit , one time payment of Rs. 7500/-
Both for CHPL and PHPL trainees
5) Library Fee , one time payment of Rs. 5000/-
The above charges are subject to revision from time to time based on increase in operational costs if any. The total course fee would change based on revision, if any, of flight time requirement for the licence as determined by the DGCA and also if any additional flying training is warranted in specific cases.
Registration fee is not refundable but adjustable towards the flying fee. The flying training fee is payable in installments. The first installment is at the time of admission and the subsequent installments progressively with every 25 hrs of flying.
1. The payment schedule for flying training, proficiency / skill test, endorsement etc will be advised on admission.
2. In case of discontinuance of the course before completing stipulated hrs, the students will be charged flying fee for the number of hours flown.
3. In the event that a pilot trainee is unable to come upto the required performance level and needs additional hours of flying to reach the standard, he/she will be accordingly charged extra for the additional flying after obtaining concurrence from their parents/guardians, for arranging additional finance.
4. In the case of ‘drop out during the ground training stage the quantum of fee liable to be forfeited by the student shall be decided by the Academy after taking into account the rate applicable for each ground training class, number of classes attended and other dues if any.
5. All payments should be in the form of DD in favour of HAL Helicopter Division payable at
Application for Pilot’s Training:
The Application Form may be down loaded from this website. The Application Form duly filled in legible hand with all the details shall be sent to the address given hereunder. The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
· 10 + 2 or 10th Pass Certificates as applicable for CHPL/PHPL.
· SSL Certificate or equivalent for proof of age.
NOTE: Only Xerox copies to be sent. Originals should be produced at the time of interview:
· 10 prints of passport size digital color photographs of the candidate with the name printed below
· A DD for Rs.20,000/- in favour of HAL Helicopter Division payable at Bangalore towards the Registration Fee.
· Police Verification Certificate. (Mandatory)
· Verification of education qualification (10th and 12th std) by the board/university (which can also be produced after joining the academy)
· Preferably with prior class I/class II medical fitness certificate (Optional)
· In case of existing licence holders, copies of license, medical assessment, flying experience log book extract.
Interview and Selection:
On satisfying the application requirement, the candidate will be intimated about the date of selection test and an interview. Selected candidates will be directed to any of the DGCA empanelled doctors for medical examination. The doctor’s fee and the clinical lab test charges for medical evaluation are to be met by the candidate. For the purpose of medical examination, the candidate should come prepared to stay in Bangalore for at least 2 days. Candidates are to bring with them all the originals of the certificates mentioned in the application for verification and return.
The Chief Instructor of the Academy is the sole authority to decide about the selection or otherwise of a candidate and this cannot be questioned in any court of law.
After successful completion of the interview and medical examination, Academy will issue admission letter to the candidate. Admission is subject to payment of the first installment of the flying fee by the due date of joining.
Boarding, lodging & Conveyance:
Students are to make their own arrangements for their boarding, lodging and conveyance.
Agreement to be entered into by Parents/Guardians:
The admitted candidates and their parents/guardians together will have to sign an agreement on Rs. 50/- stamp paper accepting the ‘terms & conditions’ of the Academy.
Seats of the helicopter are insured to a maximum extent of 7.5 Lakhs per seat. Students desirous of higher insurance cover should obtain additional personal life insurance policy which should cover aviation risk.
The admitted candidates are subject to Aircraft Act 1934, Rules 1937, DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements and HAL Security / Admin regulations, procedures and norms.
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The Chief Instructor
HAL Rotary Wing Academy
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.,
Prototype Hangar, HAL Airport Service Centre
HAL Gate 30, Vimanapura Post, Bangalore – 560 017
Ph: 080- 22311750, 22316003
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Website : www.hal-india.com/helicopter/trainingacademy.asp