Is it hard to learn to fly a helicopter?
What's involved in learning to fly?
Once you have gone solo, you continue to build both dual and solo experience, based around the training syllabus. For solo flights your instructor will OK each flight and you must go alone – sorry, no passengers! The next step is to sit and pass the Private and/or Commercial Pilot written exams. The questions are multi-choice nature and the syllabus for them is fully covered in training manuals.
How long does it take?
What about medical examinations, eye sight, age?
What happens when I get my licence?
So what are the job prospects like? Can I get a job?
Short term getting a job is difficult and you will have to be willing to travel away from home in search of anything that will afford you a ‘foot in the door' of someone's hanger. Be prepared to work for little money in remote locations, initially on the ground in a supporting role. The jobs will not come to you, so you will need to be proactive in your approach.
Commercial operator versus flight training school, what is the difference?
How do I start?
Professional Pilot Programme
HELiPRO is the largest commercial helicopter operator in New Zealand that offers professional pilot training. Our comprehensive flight training programmes ensure students gain a high level of experience in all areas of commercial helicopter operations. A student's involvement in these operations provides invaluable experience that employers regard highly and that most other training organisations cannot offer.
HELiPRO provides a range of private and professional helicopter courses with the Professional Pilot Programme (formerly known as the Cadetship) being the most popular course to date.
"The primary objective of the Professional Pilot Programme is to produce a Commercial Helicopter Pilot who is adequately prepared to enter the selective and demanding environment of the helicopter industry"
The Cadetship course was introduced at the beginning of 1997 after our Chief Pilot grew frustrated at the lack of basic knowledge of prospective employees being screened for a pilot position. He found that too many new Commercial Pilots were only being taught how to fly a helicopter and pass their flight test, and not how to operate a helicopter in a commercial environment.
The Professional Pilot Programme is a twelve-month course split into three separate sections.
Section one (14 weeks) is the orientation and theory component of the course. During the orientation week students complete an introductory flight and assessment as to their suitability for the course. Week two is the start of the theory component of the course at Nelson Aviation College.
Section two is the first flight training section of the course with the students completing approximately 40 hours of their flight training. Basic crewman training covering safety around the helicopters is also undertaken within the first week of this section.
Section three is the start of the “commercial” training component of the course. The first week of the section covers advanced crew training. The flying component of this course starts after the crew training. During the six months of this section students will be actively involved in commercial operations. Students will also spend time at other bases to experience different commercial operations.
Within the 152 hours of practical flying you will receive the following minimum flight times:
Upon completion of the Professional Pilot Programme you will hold the following licences / endorsements: