Gain flight time and real-life, on-the-job experience while flying a turbo-charged, piston engine Enstrom helicopter. You’ll fly over mountains, cities, in challenging weather, and ATC in every type of airspace (B,C,D,E,G and TRSA). This is a great opportunity for any commercial pilots looking to build time. This is on-the-job experience at a drastically reduced rate. You’ll do the flying and our pilot will do the observation. Expect long days of flying (8+ hours a day). Come for a few days or for the month. You’ll cover your travel expenses to our base in Ohio, but we usually can provide transportation to/from an airport. You’ll love the challenge, gain tremendous experience and enjoy spectacular views. You’ll not find another regularly available opportunity at such a low rate. We have been booked every month since 2012, and we have open slots starting in October. You’ll want to book your time now because our rates are going to be going up in 2015.
2014 Discounted Price: $150/hr
Regular Rate: $175/hr
(No other discounts available at this time. We may post promotions from time to time. Rates may be subject to change without notice. First come, first serve basis. Schedule flexibility is a must as weather and maintenance delays can be a possibility.)
Contact our program coordinator, Jessica, at email@example.com.
*This opportunity was formerly advertised by Jon. We’ve gotten a great response, and now we have updated how this is being managed.
Here are some testimonials from other people who have flown with us (Taken from the previous post thread):
Posted 19 December 2012 - 16:09
I´m just back to Florida after doing the whole patrol, and really would just like to give a recommendation to other aspiring pilots who are done with their training and want to gain both some work experience from "the real world" of flying, and some more flight time in your logbook.
The pipeline inspection flying is technically somewhat more advanced that what you do at flight school, as we fly to follow and inspect terrain. You get training in handling the aircraft and at the same time perform other tasks.
Not to mention all the beautiful scenery you get to see during this kind of flights...!
All in all - highly recommended!
Posted 14 February 2013 - 21:36
Another satisfied customer here. I did three days at the beginning of Feb and had a great time (despite some weather challenges, but that just added to the real world experience). For those in the no man's land between training and employment, this is a great option. I'm trying to work some more time into my schedule as soon as I can.
Posted 13 May 2013 - 11:02
I just completed the OH-NH-OH route (6 days, 30 hours - poor weather reduced the hours a little)...fantastic time. I enjoyed flying the F28F in real world conditions (coordinating with ATC to transit Class B, C, D airspace; evaluating weather, choosing fuel stops, daily maintenance, etc.). [They] are great to fly with, demoed a couple maneuvers and gave me a break when I wanted, but otherwise let me fly the entire time. A great value for half the price of banging around the pattern in an R22.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:37
I just completed the OH-WV-KY route (13 - 18 May). I had a great time. I enjoyed flying the F28F. I learned a lot about pipeline patrols and the industry that requires the service. The route was through rural country with great scenery. We didn't cross through much controlled airspace so if that's a challenge you're looking for I recommend the NE route. As always, evaluating weather, choosing fuel stops, conducting daily maintenance, and identifying locations to stay the night are good experiences… I flew most of the time but he gave me a break when I wanted. I agree with previous posters: a great value for half the price of an R22.
Posted 02 June 2013 - 08:21
I did pipeline for 2 years in the Kentucky,Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and WV area. A lot of good experience and real world flying. I owe my career to my pipeline flying, I still go back and help out my old boss on occasion actually. Something like this is a great opportunity for a lower time pilot. Much more beneficial than flying the pattern for hours.
Posted 14 September 2013 - 11:56
I just got back from flying two of the three patrol legs... It was the most rewarding helicopter experience I've had to date, and the amount I learned exceeded my expectations exponentially.
We logged 68.8 actual skids up hours in 9 days. We flew nearly 5,000 nautical miles, landing at over 30 airports in 12 states from New Hampshire south to Tennessee. We even flew into Canada briefly in the SFRA for Niagara Falls (and got some killer pictures of the falls). I gained experience talking to ATC in several Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and even TRSA airspace areas. We got cleared to make a tight lap around the downtown Boston skyline at around 400' AGL, flying in between buildings, over the USS Constitution, Harvard University, and the legendary Fenway Park.
We skimmed the shores of the Finger Lakes in upstate New York, flew through several mountain ranges, and followed pipeline in West Virginia with switchback turns so tight on ridge lines we had to make torque turns just to stay on course. We flew in temps ranging from 40 degrees to heat indexes over 100 on days that ranged from severe clear to dodging thunderstorms and flying through heavy rains. I learned flying tips and tricks that could only come from a pilot who has experienced nearly every condition Mother Nature could throw at helicopter.
We found great restaurants and breweries in every state we stopped in, and met some incredible people along the way. We drove some courtesy cars that were barely roadworthy, and ate dinner with the owner and his family of one of the FBOs in Kentucky who was passionate about helicopters.
We made off airport landings, and stopped for fuel at some of the neatest little airports you never knew existed. (2B2 on Plumb Island, MA comes to mind).
We had some great laughs, some near white knuckle moments, some head winds, some tail winds, and ultimately the greatest flying experience I could have imagined. I made some great connections, and lasting friendships. I was exhausted after my 9 day stretch, but now as I sit here crammed in the back of a 737 on the long ride home, I already miss it.
I would like to share my experience flying… in April 2014.
First word that comes to mind is WOW! What an experience! I flew for 30 hours on this patrol, through 4 states, both populated and rural areas, did I mention already LOW level What a blast, at times I felt like I was a racecar driver, tight turns left and right at the same time minding the ever changing terrain.
After researching available choices for my time building needs, this opportunity came on top! …
It's been a week since I flew and I still barely touch the ground