FAR 141 Flight Instructor Certification Course – Helicopter

The helicopter Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) certificate allows a pilot to work as a flight instructor, teaching flight and ground courses to students who are learning how to fly.

The FAA 141 CFI course requires a minimum of 25 hours of flight instruction and 40 hours of ground instruction. Students training 3-5 days a week can expect to complete the CFI program in 6-8 weeks. Students who train less frequently should expect to take more time to achieve their certificate.

As a helicopter flight instructor, you can begin your flying career by teaching others to fly. The Certified Flight Instructor training program is part of Group 3 Aviation’s coordinated syllabus designed to incorporate the teaching of aeronautical knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge to in-flight training. The CFI course syllabus is comprised of 3 stages, with each stage requiring a written exam and stage check flights with our chief flight instructor or assistant chief instructor. Each phase follows a planned progression, incorporating academic studies and flight training in the aircraft.

Students working on their CFl will be trained to deal with real-life situations that will enhance their confidence and teaching abilities. This training provides a high degree of flexibility for adapting to the individual student’s needs and experience.

Through ground instruction, textbook assignments, video presentations and mock ground school, you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of instructing
  • Flight instructor responsibilities
  • Planning instructional lesson plans
  • Critiquing and evaluating students

You will also learn how to teach the following:

  • Physiological and aeromedical factors
  • Aircraft flight manual and Sections
  • Principles of flight
  • Aerodynamics
  • Regulations and publications
  • Pre-flight inspections
  • Aeronautical decision making

In-flight training incorporates instructional techniques on:

  • Standard maneuvers
  • Performance maneuvers
  • Emergency maneuvers

Basic FAA Requirements for the CFI:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Read, speak, write, and understand English.
  • Hold at least a commercial rating.
  • Complete the course requirement of 25 hours flight training.
  • Pass an FAA knowledge test
  • Pass an FAA oral and flight test
  • An FAA-issued medical certificate

Flight Instructor Rotorcraft / Helicopter Course Costs in Schweizer 300CBi

Course prices based on FAA minimums.  Optional training available in Robinson R44.

  • 25 Hours Dual Flight Instruction: $11,750
  • 40 Hours Ground Instruction: $2,800
  • Total Flight and Ground Course:  $14,550

Additional Required Costs:

  • Books and Materials: $250
  • FAA Knowledge Test: $155
  • FAA Oral & Practical Exam: $750
  • Helicopter Rental for Flight Exam: $770
  • Total additional cost.  $1,925

Due to the unpredictable cost of aviation fuel, Group 3 Aviation incorporates a variable hourly aircraft fuel surcharge rate. This allows for an adjustment to your course price based on the actual pump price of our fuel purchases. The flight costs estimated do not include fuel surcharges. All rates are based on the block rates. The rates are wet with fuel covered up to $4.00 per gallon and surcharges are applied past this fuel rate.

Additional Estimated costs – Costs for books are estimated and are purchased online.

Robinson R22/R44 students must meet SFAR73 2(a)3(i-iv) Awareness Training requirements prior to manipulating the flight controls. A Rental Deductible Waiver is required for rental of Group 3 Aviation helicopters when a company flight instructor is not aboard. Waivers can be purchased through Group 3 Aviation. The cost for Schweizer 300 CBi is $700 for a 1 year waiver and hourly rate waivers are also available. This includes rental of aircraft for solo flights during flight training and practical exams. The waiver covers the 10% aircraft hull insurance deductible in the event of an accident and does not protect you from liability.

Rental of aircraft for the practical flight exam or “check ride” can be up to 2.0 hours but average is about 1.5 hours of flight time during a flight exam.

Designated Pilot Examiner (commonly referred to as a DPE) is a senior pilot designated by the FAA to conduct oral examinations and inflight or flight simulator check rides (collectively called “practical tests”) with pilot applicants to determine their suitability to be issued a Pilot Certificate or additional rating on their Pilot Certificate. Group 3 has a DPE on staff and can also arrange a check ride with the other DPE’s for CFI and CFII courses or if staff DPE is unavailable.

FTD – Group 3 Aviation’s training equipment includes the FAA Approved Frasca TruFlite-H Flight Training Device for helicopters.

Rates current as of 9/21/2015

Required Books:

  • Pilot Operating Handbook for Aircraft Model (Schweizer 300CBi, or R44)
  • Jeppesen Schweizer 300CBi Helicopter Bundle
  • Aviation Instructor’s Handbook
  • Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
  • FAA Aviation Weather
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight
  • FAR/AIM Current Edition
  • ASA Prepware: Certified Flight Instructor Current Edition
  • ASA Practical Test Standards Flight Instructor Rotorcraft
  • Pilots Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
  • Airport/Facility Directory – Alaska Supplement

Required Pilot Supplies:

  • E6B Flight Computer [Manual]
  • Flight Plotter [Rotational style]
  • Standard Pilot Logbook
  • Flashlight with red and white light features
  • Ultimate Knee-Board

Aeronautical Charts:

  • Los Angeles Sectional
  • Los Angeles Terminal
  • Los Angeles Helicopter Route Chart

Other Equipment:

Group 3 Aviation equips each helicopter with David Clark headsets at no extra cost. However, we recommend pilots purchase their own headset for personal use and comfort. We recommend either Bose or David Clark headsets for our helicopters.