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Upper Limit Aviation - Murrieta
"Career Pilot: It takes a pilot's license, desire, and attitude!"
37350 Sky Canyon Dr #323,
Murrieta, California 92563
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Upper Limit Aviation - Murrieta
Welcome to Upper Limit Aviation at Murrieta
Become a helicopter pilot and learn to fly helicopters with Upper Limit Aviation. Helicopter flight school located in Murrietta, California!
To find the right helicopter flight school you need to do some research. Make a list and visit some schools if you can. At a minimum, call the school and talk to an instructor. Ask about their safety record, financing options, graduation time and rate, time-building opportunities, and job-placement opportunities. Once you are satisfied with the answers, then you can ask about the price.
Be prepared to temporarily move if you need to – nothing will set you up for success more than selecting the right school!
You can complete your academic training via a home study course or in the classroom with an instructor. The latter is recommended because it’s much easier to ask questions as they come up, or have things explained differently.
Knowledge areas that you’ll need to learn and will be tested on include physiology, emergency procedures, helicopter systems, weather, chart reading, navigation, and regulations.
FAA Requirements for Helicopter Pilots
- Here are the requirements for your private helicopter license, straight from the Federal Aviation Regulations:
- Be at least 17 years old
- Be able to read, speak, and write English
- Be endorsed by an instructor who certifies that you are prepared for the written knowledge test
- Pass a written knowledge test
- Be endorsed by an instructor who certifies that they conducted your required training and that you are ready for the practical test (the check ride)
- Meet aeronautical experience requirements outlined in the regulations (flying time and conditions)
- Pass the practical test (check ride)
- Hold at least a student pilot certificate (medical clearance)
- Comply with all applicable Federal Aviation Regulations
You can complete your academic training via a home study course or in the classroom with an instructor. The latter is recommended because it’s much easier to ask questions as they come up, or have things explained differently. Knowledge areas that you’ll need to learn and will be tested on include physiology, emergency procedures, helicopter systems, weather, chart reading, navigation, and regulations.
A Private Helicopter License Requires 40 hours of Aeronautical Experience. These 40 hours Must Include:
- 20 hours of training from an authorized instructor
- 10 hours of solo flight training to include
- 3 hours cross-country
- One cross-country over 100 miles with landings at three points
- 3 takeoffs and landings at an airport with a control tower
- 3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter
- 3 hours of night training to include a cross-country over 50 miles and 10 takeoffs and landings
- 3 hours of training within 2 months of the practical test
Remember that these numbers are minimums! Only a few pilots will actually get their license right at 40 hours. Most pilots will require somewhere around 50 hours before they’re ready for the practical test.
After You Get Your Private Helicopter License
Build time when you can so that you can reach the ultimate goal of getting a commercial license! Ways to build time include pursuing your instrument rating or going flying with another pilot and splitting costs.
Never stop studying. You’re a brand new pilot now, and there’s a lot of knowledge to maintain! Not only that but a lot of it will be changing – the FAA changes airspace and regulations every year.
Stay on top of it! A good idea to stay disciplined about this is to have one study topic per week. Make a calendar and tackle this topic throughout the week. This won’t just make you a better pilot, but your life could depend on it!
It’s never too early to start researching potential employers. Don’t get too hung up on one because it’ll still be a few years before you have the experience necessary to apply for these jobs, but it’ll give you a good idea of what’s out there and what you want to focus on during your training.
Getting your private helicopter license is an achievement that you should be very proud of – you worked hard for it and put aside part of your life to pursue this dream. You’ll never have more fun flying than during your helicopter training. Make the most of it!
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Funding & Financing
Part 141 FAA-Approved Flight Training
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)