Private Helicopter License:

 A private class license allows you to fly a helicopter for recreation, personal, or business use while carrying passengers and cargo. However, compensation may not be received for flight services. This program is intended for those students who may be learning to fly as a hobby, or who are planning to purchase their own helicopter, it is also the first step to a Commercial Pilot License.  The flight training portion of the Private Pilot Course is divided into three phases:

 

Phase 1- Pre-Solo (Approx. 20hrs)

The object of this phase is to get you to the level that you can safely perform all the basic flight maneuvers and procedures.  The goal is to prepare you for the next phase, solo flight!  Phase 1 will take a minimum of 20hrs dual instruction.

 

Phase 2- Student Pilot and Solo Flight (Approx. 20hrs)

During this phase you will develop and hone in your skills.  After qualifying, you can fly the helicopter on your own, during supervised sessions.  As your skills develop, you will be prepared for phase 3. Phase 2 requires a minimum of 20hrs, which 10 of those hours must be solo.

 

Phase 3- Checkride

This is the phase in which we will hone in your skills to a level that you can prove to the FAA you are ready to be a helicopter pilot.  At the end, you will be examined by an FAA designated examiner.

 

Ground School

All students must pass the FAA written examination. An oral examination will be part of your FAA checkride. This is the foundation of aeronautical knowledge necessary make you a great pilot.   You will be given the one-on-one guidance needed to prepare for both the written and oral examination.  Most of this knowledge can be obtained through a home study program.  You should be ready for the written after about 20 hours of study.

 

FAA Requirements:

            -Minimum of 40 hours flight training

            - FAA written examination

            - FAA oral examination

            - FAA flight test (checkride)

            - Class III Medical Certificate

 

 

 

Commercial Helicopter License:

 A commercial class license allows you to fly a helicopter for recreational, personal, business, or commercial purposes while be compensated for flight services. This program is intended for those students who desire to pursue helicopter flight, beyond recreation, into a professional career.  The flight training portion of the Commercial Pilot Course is divided into three phases:

 

Phase 1- Private Pilot (Approx. 40hrs)

For most pilots, it makes sense to obtain their private rating and build from there.  The main reason is that as a Private Pilot you may carry passenger and the time you spend flying with your instructor can be recorded in your logbook as Pilot-In-Command time.

Phase 2- Experience and Advanced Skills

During this phase, we will take you to the next level of helicopter flying.  It includes congested area flying, advanced maneuvers, advanced emergency training procedures and preparing you for the challenges faced by commercial pilots.  This also includes the more advanced techniques needed for landing on mountain tops, roof tops and confined areas.  This type of flying is required by pilots who fly such missions as air medical, law enforcement and off shore.

Phase 3- Checkride

The last few hours will be spent preparing you for the specific requirement of the flight test.

Ground School

This class prepares you for both the written exam and oral exam phase of the Commercial Pilot Certification.  The Commercial Pilot written examination is based on the same material as the Private Pilot test, but a higher standard. The detail and depth of knowledge will be attained through one-on-one training with your instructor and with a home study program.

 

FAA Requirements:

            -Minimum of 150 hours flight training

            - Obtain FAA private helicopter license

            - FAA written examination

            - FAA oral examination

            - FAA flight test (Checkride)

            - Class II Medical Certificate

 

Helicopter Instruction Rates:

Dual Flight Training: $325.00/hour

**Block time discounts are available. Please inquire if interested.**