License requirement to fly a Coaxial Helicopter


Scott Waggoner
If it isn’t ultralight, then it would require a Private Pilot. Sport Pilot does not cover Helicopters.

Not sure about the category question. But I think it would be EAB.

Capt'n Gator

Junior Member
Do helicopters have an EAB category? What about training, can a helicopter CFI give you instruction in a coaxial? Why can't coaxial fall into lightsport with a Sport Pilot license?, they are less complicated than a helicopter..... After all, that is why gyroplanes don't fall in under the helicopter rating. I think you are just guessing Scott????


Gyroplane CFI
FAA: Helicopter means a rotorcraft that, for its horizontal motion, depends principally on its engine driven rotors.

For a coaxial helicopter the category is Rotorcraft and the class is Helicopter.

Your certificate would read; Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot, Rotorcraft-Helicopter

Any Rotorcraft- Helicopter CFI could legally give flight instruction in a coaxial helicopter. That does not mean they would.

Having an unpowered rotor is part of the light sport aircraft requirements.

There are many experimental, amateur built helicopters.


Active Member
Gonna be fun finding someone to do the maintenance on that thing. I have a hard enough time getting rotary service for my RX-7! ;)


Active Member
My point was that the more complex and unusual the design, the harder it will be to find a maintainer, without implicating the motor per se.