Month: March 2016

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Flight Training Considerations – Helicopter Fleet

Learning to fly a helicopter is a rewarding and exciting career or hobby that will serve you your entire life. A lot of research goes into finding the right school for you. One important item to consider when researching flight schools is the helicopter fleet offered for your training.

Helicopter Fleet and Flight Training

When investigating the ideal flight training facility, it’s important to consider your helicopter fleet options. Does the school limit you with only one helicopter make and model? Do you have options to build experience in different engine types, rotor systems and power systems? Are there choices that allow you to choose the aircraft you’re most comfortable flying?

One downfall of many a helicopter training school is the fact that they only teach their students to fly one type of helicopter. Here at Group 3 Aviation, we ensure that students who attend our Los Angeles helicopter school are trained and able to fly a variety of helicopters as this can make a huge difference when it comes to applying for pilot positions.

A Starting Point for Our Students

All students enrolling at our helicopter training school will begin their training in the Schweizer 300CBi helicopter. These two-place flight machines offer excellent handling properties and auto-rotational characteristics making them ideal for beginner students. As a result, many students are able to earn their ratings far quicker than in other helicopter models, saving hundreds of dollars. One of the main features of these helicopters is their safety. Their exceptionally stable rotor system is not prone to dangers posed when learning to fly on two-blade systems and it provides plenty of time for an instructor to correct student errors. Most of our primary student training is undertaken in these helicopters to save students money, build confidence and increase safety.

Upgrading to the Robinson R44 Raven II

This very popular model of helicopter provides the perfect opportunity for students who are ready to transition to something larger and more maneuverable. With a two-blade rotor system and a larger engine, students also receive valuable education and experience with different aircraft. The R44’s four-seat capacity has also made it ideal for our helicopter tours, charter trips and aerial photography trips. The R44 II offers slightly higher speeds of around 135 mph as well as a range of approximately 400 miles. Once a student has mastered the art of flying this model, they are usually able to fly almost any other helicopter, as these are relatively advanced machines.

Enrolling for Our Flight Training Courses

Contrary to popular belief, students who wish to fly helicopters do not need to know how to fly a plane beforehand. We encourage those who wish to enroll in our helicopter flight training program to come in for a low-cost demo flight, where we’ll provide ground and flight training, giving you a taste of being a helicopter pilot as you take the controls. While you’re here, we’ll show you our aircraft and let you see, feel, touch, ask questions about and even fly one to help you determine the best choice for you.

Students who go on to become helicopter pilots usually enjoy an exciting and lucrative career that can last for many years. And of course, it’s just really, really cool!

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Best Time to Visit Los Angeles

Unlike some international destinations, Los Angeles, the City of Angeles, offers something for everyone year-round, making every day a good day for visiting Los Angeles. However, we have a few insider tips to help you schedule the best time to visit Los Angeles. The largest metropolitan area in California, Los Angeles and its surrounding cities, beaches and mountains offer a little something for every taste. While there are great things to do year-round, here are a few insider tips for the best time to visit L.A.

Best Time to Visit Los Angeles

Looking to enjoy the sights without a few million of your closest friends? The spring (March through May) and fall (September through November) offer the warmth and beauty of the area without the crowds. Popular amusement parks see lower numbers when the majority of the country’s children are in school and beaches offer more peace. Lines are shorter at tourist attractions and the entertainment industry is in full swing with more opportunities for tickets to show tapings.

Also, with the oppressive summer heat away, the air is clearer in the basin, not only offering more breathability but also stunning views of the mountains surrounding the area. In our opinion, these are the most beautiful times to take a helicopter tour of Los Angeles. You can literally see for miles, up into the high desert and out to the islands all in the same flight.

Best weather in Los Angeles

Historically, our weather is hot in the summer, pushing folks to the mountains and beaches to escape the heat. Spring and fall cool off a bit, making all of Los Angeles comfortable and enjoyable, with average temperatures being in the 60s and 70s. There is less of a chance of precipitation during the spring months, making walking around and sightseeing all the more pleasant for tourists. In the fall, the temperatures are a bit higher than spring, lingering in the 70s, but travel rates are much cheaper with no high travel time between Labor Day in September and Thanksgiving in November.

Often, the weather is warm enough in the early fall for tourists to enjoy the beaches of the Los Angeles area without the crowds.

Things to Do in Los Angeles

The number of things to see and do in Los Angeles are almost as limitless as your imagination. Aside from the usual tourist attractions and amusement parks, there are a number of local events taking place year round. In the spring, line up to see all of your favorite actors and actresses as they celebrate the year’s great films with the Academy Awards. Checkout the California Poppy Festival and UCLA Jazz/Reggae Festival, or head out to Coachella. As for the fall months, visitors can partake in the Orange Street Fair, or experience a new movie-going experience at the Downtown Film Festival, for starters.

No matter what reason you have for vacationing in Los Angeles, the spring and fall months can be best times to do so. The weather is great, crowds are smaller, and there is a wide variety of activities to experience. Check visiting Los Angeles off your bucket list this spring or fall and be sure to include a helicopter tour!

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