What is a proficiency check?

A proficiency check is an assessment of your skills and knowledge in a particular operational area. Helicopter Pilots are required to undertake proficiency checks to ensure they continue to be competent conducting particular kinds of operations.  With the constant changing legislation and requirements we are here to help ensure that you stay current and legal.

At the Aviation Centre we view the PC as an opportunity for you to practice and refine your skills and airmanship points.

Revalidation – If you are current you will have to fly emergency procedures, circuits, general handling exercises and instrument flying.  We are keen to listen to your needs as well and practice some of the exercises that you may not have flown for some time to make you the best pilot that we can.   There is a minimum of 2 hours on Type within the previous year which can include the Proficiency Check.

Renewal –  If your rating has expired, you will have to complete some training prior to your Helicopter Proficiency check.  Depending on how long your rating has expired will determine how much training is required.

If you are unsure or if you have any doubts then the best thing to do is get in touch with us and we can give you the advice based on your requirements.  We are here to help you.


  • Can be flown up to 3 months before the date of expiry
  • Minimum of 2 hours in the previous year, which can include the Proficiency Check


  • Expired by 3 months – Training as required plus the PC
  • More than 3 months expired – A minimum training sessions required