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Recommended/best heart of LA, CA helicopter training..?


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#1 PilotPaul

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 16:15

I am new here and looking for some good insight from people familiar with the area. Looking into training locations in central Los Angeles to get my add-on Helicopter Commercial & CFI with..? I currently hold an ATP & CFI. I would like to find a place to train that is a nice fit for me to accomplish this. Possible even be able to be picked up as an instructor with them when I am finished. I’m 50 years old and have a diversified aviation background. Helicopter mechanic for 10 plus years, Agricultural pilot/crop duster for 9 years, Fire fighting tanker pilot 3 years. Government contractor aircraft mechanic for 7 years. Finally figured I should do this. I am not in search for the school with the sharpest epaulettes just looking for solid training and instructors. It can be part 91, 61, etc. Any suggestions are wholly appreciated.



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 13:17

Seriously folks I thought this forum was the go-to spot for helicopter industry insight. Out of the dozens of helicopter schools in and around Los Angeles no one out there has a single thing to say, any recommendations or advisements against a single one…? I was hoping to get some firsthand experience advice. Company web sites are pretty useless for making an informed decision. They all say they are they best around and show you glossy photos, along with only positive over the top testimonials. 



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 13:40

If you had asked when I got my ppl I would have recommended my school, but only if you flew with my old instructor and/or one other guy, the other instructors I wasn't so hot about,...well maybe one other guy?

If you asked me after my instrument/commercial training, I would not have recommended my school (same school by the way).

Recommendations aren't worth much anyway! Went to take my car in for its 100k service and a guy "recommended" a shop to me, said they were the best, he always had a good experience there. Me, not so much! Eventually I had to take my car somewhere else to get fixed what they screwed up!

Go on a few demo flights, interview a few instructors, and see for yourself who will be your best fit!

First school I talked with was not the school who trained me,...didn't like her attitude!

,...but if you really insist on a recommendation pm Goldy he's the Socal guy around here.

Edited by r22butters, 08 June 2017 - 13:45.

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 13:50

Checking them out firsthand is definitely on my to do list. Just doing my initial due diligence right now in an attempt to thin/narrow down my picks for checking out.



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Posted 10 June 2017 - 20:44

With your background I would go to Western Helicopters.
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Posted 13 June 2017 - 22:07

Check out Revolution Aviation, they operate out of John Wayne.
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Posted 14 June 2017 - 13:10

Yes, check out Revolution Aviation as they now offer the Guimbal Cabri G2 to use for training along with Robinson's products.  More schools are starting to use it but they're the only in California so far I believe.


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 13:36

Yes, check out Revolution Aviation as they now offer the Guimbal Cabri G2 to use for training along with Robinson's products.  More schools are starting to use it but they're the only in California so far I believe.


Awesome, I've been wanting to check one of those out,...and a five hour drive south is a much nicer prospect than a twelve hour drive north to the one at Precission!
The only dream I have left is to live long enough to see the pilot shortage. Its been about fourteen years since they first told me it was coming, so,...

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Posted 14 June 2017 - 13:52

The G2 gets delivered to Revolution in July last I heard


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 14:22

The G2 gets delivered to Revolution in July last I heard

Ah yes I remember seeing that they "acquired" one back in February but I see now that the Vertical article says they take delivery mid 2017.


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Posted 14 June 2017 - 17:26

Another vote for Western in Rialto.  Farther than you want but worth it.  Might talk to Civic in Carlsbad as well.  Bit far I know but solid guy owns it.



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Posted 19 June 2017 - 22:48

Helistream in Costa Mesa. Top notch school. Western is good too, but chances of being hired are slim. Very slim.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 23:53

Helistream in Costa Mesa. Top notch school. Western is good too, but chances of being hired are slim. Very slim.

Western is very much a more advanced training school, much less of a initial training school. Not your average group there. Most of the CFI's have 10,000 plus hours, some that just retired probably 3 times that number. LA has changed over the last 10-12 years, used to be schools everywhere. One by one they fell off the map.


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