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Type Certifications

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How does one achieve a type certification on your pilots license?  I was talking to Bell about getting a 206L type cert. and they said Bell does not add the type cert to your license, that you would have to contact FAA?

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  1. Elliot Block on Mar 06, 2014

    You do not need a type certificate for any helicopter below 12,500 pounds. Of course if you want to fly a Robinson, you need to get an endorsement from an instructor that fulfills SFAR 73.

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  2. Kris Kortokrax on Mar 06, 2014

    Prior to August 1997, a type rating was added to a pilot certificate at the ATP level. There are may pilots who have certificates with type ratings for a Bell 206 and other small helicopters.

    There are also many foreign countries who place type ratings for small helicopters on their pilot licenses.

    For a U.S. pilot certificate issued after 1997, type ratings are only placed on the certificate for helicopters weighing over 12,500 MTOW. There are very few of these and most are used in external load operations.

    For the Robinsons, you do need to meet SFAR 73 initial requirements, as well as flight review and 61.57 currency on an ongoing basis. You do not need to deal with SFAR 73 for the Robinson R66.

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