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User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 746 posts, RR: 4
Posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 643 times:



Are there any helicopter pilots out there? What type of work do you do, and what is a typical pay range?


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User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 746 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 620 times:

Also, what certificates and ratings does one need to be a viable helicopter pilot?


Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 615 times:

Well, I fly the R-22, but for fun. I was flying it to get my lisence when I was condiering flying the Pavehawk for the Air Force, but then switched to the F-16. B
Basically, you need all the usual stuff like your medical, and either a helicopter lisence or a rotorcraft rating.


User currently offlineWestern727 From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 746 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 607 times:


I've done some checking, and it looks like I'd need the Private Add-On and the Commercial Add-On (Since I've already got about 130 hours of fixed wing (or "powered") time. And it looks like the instrument rating is less important in rotocraft (anyone out there correct me if I'm wrong...),but I'd still want to get that. Also, it looks like heli-training is more expensive, but not as much as I thought.



Jack @ AUS
User currently offlineAerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 592 times:

Yeah, most chopper operations are VFR, and helos can get ALL SORTS of exceptions to FAR rules. All sorts from minimum altitude to minimum visibility. So, instrument is a little less important in a chopper. Heli training is far more expensive, the cheapest you can go is the R-22, for roughly $170 per hour and up. Having a good background in fixed wing is good for things like getting to know air routes, ect., but as you''ve probably heard, everything you know about control and traffic pattern ops is out the door! From oval patterns to facing the ground to takeoff, it's all different. Like learning to walk again. But it can be the most thrilling experience of your life. You'll find you have the freedom to go anywhere, it'll be like black magic. I like say it like this: It will be 10 times harder to fly than a plane, but 10 times more fun! Good luck!

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