Whether your goal is to be a career pilot or if you just want to fly for fun, each student pilot begins with the Private Pilot’s license, which permits you to carry passengers. By FAA regulation, private pilots may not operate an aircraft for compensation or hire, although operating expenses may be shared with passengers.
The Private Helicopter Pilot Course will familiarize the student with the helicopter, flight controls and their flight characteristics, the flight environment and a multitude of maneuvers learned over the course of instruction. At the end of the Private Helicopter Pilot Course, you will have acquired the aeronautical knowledge and flight proficiency necessary to be a rated helicopter pilot. For an in-depth look at the syllabus and training environment, we invite you to our school to meet the Chief Flight Instructor.
No previous flight experience is required.
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Read, speak, write and understand English
- If a non-U.S. citizen, the student must undergo the flight training application
process mandated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
* Students may train at an earlier age, but can not be a licensed pilot until the age of 17. The minimum age to fly a helicopter in solo flight is 16.
Dual Flight Instruction
Private Pilot Course Total (estimate)**
** Hours are based on Part 61 FAA minimums, not average completion times. Candidates with no helicopter experience will likely require an average of 10 more hours of dual flight instruction. Rates listed are block rates, available when customer chooses cash deposit option of $3,000 deposit increments. Add $10/hr for regular rate on aircraft rental. Prices for books & supplies, the knowledge test, the FAA’s practical test and your medical certificate may vary slightly.