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Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:25 am

Hey there. One thing I have been looking at for a while now, is getting a helicopter license. I started my PPL-A, but dropped it when I ran out of money. I haven't picked it back up, as I don't foresee a career flying planes. However, helicopters seem to be a whole different ballgame.

A couple of questions:

1. While initial cost of training is higher, is it easier to get a job due to the lower amount of pilots?
2. What can you expect in starting pay as a helicopter pilot?
3. This one is directed at Law Enforcement officers. If your department has an aviation unit, how easy is getting in there? I will have a BA in Law Enforcement, and if I go ahead with my plans, also hold CFI/CFII in helicopters.

Thanks,
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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:34 am



Kai, I can't answer your specific questions with any degree of accuracy, but every helicopter pilot I've spoken with has stressed that you'll save time and money by getting your PPL-A before starting your rotary-wing training.

Their rationale was, why pay $250/hr in a helicopter to learn about pilotage, radio communications, traffic patterns, etc, when you can learn the same fundamental skills in a $50/hr Cessna, and use the money you save on advanced helicopter lessons.

Best of luck...we expect photos.  Wink




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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:41 am

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 1):
Their rationale was, why pay $250/hr in a helicopter to learn about pilotage, radio communications, traffic patterns, etc, when you can learn the same fundamental skills in a $50/hr Cessna, and use the money you save on advanced helicopter lessons.

I do have 47 hrs of fixed wing time, so I have most of the fundamentals down. I guess I just have to decide whether to finish my fixed wing rating, then do a rotary add on, or just go from scratch with rotary. Benefit of finishing fixed wing is...well I can fly an airplane as well then  Smile
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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:52 am

Anybody by chance have a helicopter school to recommend? I noticed that most are in FL (go figure..) and most run about $50,000 for around 200 hrs.
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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:01 am




Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 3):
Anybody by chance have a helicopter school to recommend?

I know the owner of this flight school, and can attest to his professionalism and quality operation:

http://www.bijanair.com/index.php




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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:25 am

When I was involved in it (it's been a few years) it was a lot cheaper to get your rotary wing add-on to a fixed wing license than to get the rotary wing first.
 
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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:57 pm

Check out UND if you want a four year degree with your training, only school in the world to offer a degree in helicopter aviation. Plus you may get financial aid or scholarships to help. Email me if you want more in depth answers
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RE: Helicopter Training

Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:39 pm

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 4):
I know the owner of this flight school, and can attest to his professionalism and quality operation:

Thanks, I'll check it out.

Quoting Exarmywarrant (Reply 5):
When I was involved in it (it's been a few years) it was a lot cheaper to get your rotary wing add-on to a fixed wing license than to get the rotary wing first.

Get all the way up to CFI/CFII in fixed wing, and then add on the helicopter from there? Just private and commercial?

Quoting Wiggidy (Reply 6):
Check out UND if you want a four year degree with your training, only school in the world to offer a degree in helicopter aviation. Plus you may get financial aid or scholarships to help. Email me if you want more in depth answers

I don't know if I want to go to another four year school. I will already have a Bachelor in Law Enforcement this fall, so the flight training might just be on the side.

Thanks everybody for your help.
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