Hello to all,
This is my first post so try to go easy on me. I'm not as green as they come, but I am a novice. Although I've had my A&P license for over 35 years, it was never used in the field. I've been spending that time being an elevator mechanic and, for the past 20 years, as an independent owner of an elevator service and repair company.
Over the years, I've been trying to get back into aviation, not as a mechanic but as a pilot for my own pleasure. While the business was growing, attempts at finding enough time to train and attend ground school didn't pan out and it went on the back burner.
Well, I'm back in a club training in fixed wing but my heart is somewhere else and that's why I'm reaching out. They dropped their helicopter training program but I'm planning on staying to get the fixed wing PPL.
I want to begin training in a helicopter but I want to reduce the expences by owning it while I build time. Eventually it's going to happen so why not now?
1. I understand it is very expensive to train. Most schools seem to use the R22 or 300C to reduce costs and to introduce the student to the fundamentals. They're trainers; i don"t want to spend the money on a trainer and be stuck with it.
2. The Enstrom F28/280 seems to be the go-to aircraft for its durability, high inertia rotor and good reputation but it's still a 2 seat-er and I would eventually like to bring a few friends/family on trips.
3. Because of the power demand, the next step is obvious. The mission is having at least 4 seats to fit 2 big men and their wives. Is it possible to train in a turbine powered aircraft as a beginner? As an owner?
I'm sure it sounds crazy but I'm worried about spending money on something I'll grow out of after training.
So, with that long winded explanation, I'm looking for some worldly advice:
Should I buy a used Enstrom to do my training and build up measurable time or go right for the turbine that I have my eyes on. I assume the insurance rates will be high with either until I build up hours.
Looking for some guidance.
Happy and Safe New Year.