Becoming a helicopter pilot can open numerous doors and put you on the road to exciting career opportunities. The private helicopter pilot training offered by Group 3 Aviation will provide you with all the technical knowledge and flight experience needed to successfully operate one of these aircraft.

Helicopter Pilot Training Course Overview

Group 3 Aviation offers a private helicopter pilot training course that meets all the requirements set forth in FAA regulations, Part 141 (a higher level of instruction completed in less time than schools that do not offer training under Part 141). Our pilot training includes 35 hours of classroom instruction along with 35 hours of flight time. You’ll receive training in principles of flight, navigation, meteorology and flight planning. At least 20 hours of the scheduled flight time will take place with a certified instructor, while the other 15 hours will include solo flight time. There are three different phases of this course, and in order to advance to the next one, students will be required to pass a comprehensive examination at the end of each stage.

Requirements for Enrollment

Those who wish to enroll in one of these helicopter pilot training courses must meet certain criteria as specified by the FAA. Students must be at least 17 years of age at the time training begins; 17-year olds will also need permission from a parent or guardian in order to enroll. Individuals must also be able to read, speak and write English fluently. An FAA third-class medical certificate is also needed, and applicants must hold a student pilot certificate or be licensed as a pilot in another type of aircraft before beginning classes.

Methods of Instruction

The methods of instruction will vary based upon the subject matter being taught. Classroom work will consist of a combination of lectures and video presentations, and may include some written tests. The flight instruction will include performing certain maneuvers, night flying, completing radio communications and conducting cross-country flights. Each student will progress at his or her own pace, with the average length of time needed to complete the course being around 10 weeks.

Licensing Requirements

Before becoming licensed as a pilot, individuals must complete all hours of instruction, including flight time. Upon mastering the skills needed to become a private pilot, the student’s instructor will approve final tests for the rating. The first is the FAA knowledge test, a computer-based exam that can be taken at Group 3 Aviation’s an authorized testing center. The final exam is an FAA oral exam and flight test with an FAA designated examiner. During this test, the examiner will first quiz you on the ground about your knowledge then you will fly together, where the examiner will have you performs a variety of flight maneuvers to prove your mastery. Upon successfully completing this final test, you’ll receive your private pilot helicopter rating from the designated examiner.

The dedicated instructors at Group 3 Aviation successfully trained hundreds of helicopter pilots. You instructor is your partner in achieving your goal. He or she will work with you at your pace to help you learn the skills and knowledge you need to successfully pass your FAA tests and become a private helicopter pilot.

From there, the sky is no longer the limit.