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  1. Robinson R66 flight training being offered for $660/hr dual for the next four weeks only. This isn't a offer of paying to fly along on a commercial job - it's a discounted rate on helicopter training. You'll fly with one of our CFIs and practice the maneuvers you want to work on. The helicopter lives in McMinnville, Oregon at Jerry Trimble Helicopters. We're an hour outside of Portland, and have student housing a couple miles from the airport. You can find more information about the aircraft at our website. If you have more questions, give us a shout at the number below or come dow
  2. I'm trying to start a career as a helicopter pilot. I'm at a job right now that i hate, but it pays enough for me to get lessons. I've been doing research, and I've seen that getting an airplane ppl will save you money when getting your helicopter ppl. Has anyone gone this route starting off, and could they tell me if it was worth doing? I'm also in the army reserves, and I've debated going active duty as a helicopter pilot. I talked to a WO recruiter and he said the best route would be going active duty. The trouble with that is it's not a guarantee I'll make the warrant officer position, a
  3. Hi all, As requested by Goldy, I will put some info on the Guimbal Cabri G2 I did my flight on 09/05/2012, the bird has only 46h since out of factory. The flight was just in order to see difference between R22 and G2. At this time I just get my PPL on helicopters with 53 hrs. The day was fair, clear sky, wind 5 to 8 kts, 13°... almost standard day! Exterior: It is a little bigger, look heavier, neat surfaces, roomy. Preflight is easy, all panels, latches, etc are well adjusted, made in fiberglass. Very fews items to check, all easily accessible. Engine compartment can open wide, so acces
  4. Looking for extremely cheap Turbine PIC and CX time? Bell 206B3 going from Baltimore, MD to Washington State on 12/4/2017. $385 an hour, all inclusive for the aircraft. That comes with the aircraft hourly, fuel, and instructor. Does not have the ability to log IFR. Must get own hotel for couple nights during repo since rate is so cheap. Great for time building. Please message me at info@flycharmcity.com or cal 410-707-1013 if interested! Thanks all!
  5. Flight from Bermuda Dunes, CA (KUDD) to Lake Havasu, AZ (KHII) on 3/25/17 for a photo op with experienced ATP/CFI. About 2 flight hours. Pilot will need to wait approx. 2 hours at Lake Havasu City before return flight. $150/hr (expect about 2 hours)Saturday 3/25/17Depart KUDD at 0700, return around 12002 hour wait time at Lake Havasu CityAny experience level welcome Christopher Cheek (760) 898-4079 christopher@bigblueaircorp.com
  6. Hi, I am doing some research for a training video on airfoils used on training helicopters (main and tail rotors). The emphasis is on Robinson helicopters, but I'd appreciate help from people with Enstrom & Schweizer experience. Robinson R22/R44 Main = Symmetrical, Tail = Asymmetrical Hughes/Schweizer Main = ???, Tail = ??? Enstrom Flacon/Shark Main = ???, Tail = ??? Any other small training helicopter? Many thanks for your time, Regards, J
  7. Hello everyone, I'm a new member on this group. Looks like a great forum. I need some help. I wish to become a helicopter pilot and would really appreciate your guidance. (background:I'm in my second last year of engineering from India) I had the following few questions in this regard: Your help is much appreciated.  Which country has the best institutes for helicopter training?  Among the institutes in the recommended country which are ranked on the top?  Which helicopter should one train on?  Which is the best terrain for helicopter training?  Are there any special requirements for
  8. Hello, everyone! I'm new to the site so apologies if this has already been covered somewhere, if it is, I wasn't able to find it. A little bit of backstory: I've been wanting to become a pilot for awhile but have been waiting until I had enough funds to get through my PPL relatively quick. My end game is to become a commercial pilot and while I am well aware of the cost and time investments involved it is the location of my school/training facility I'm inquiring about. I hail from South Florida but am interested in flying for the working abroad opportunities. I was told by another helicopt
  9. We are currently running a discount rate for our R44 this summer out of San Carlos, CA. This is not a ferry flight. There is no minimum purchase. We are offering time in our R44 RI $395/hr wet. Instructor rate not included as it varies. Time purchased is YOUR time and we will spend it working on whatever it is you need. Opportunities include: Private and Commercial Instruction Instrument Instruction R44 transition and experience to meet various SFAR 73 requirements Recognized 'Mountainous Terrain' time Cross Country and Night experience Class B experience A chance to fly in the b
  10. Hello ladies and gents, I've been perusing the forums on here and this has to be my favorite site who seems to have the most info and helpful people.(sorry for the length) My name is Randy, I have done a ton of research into this program for a couple months now. I am currently a civilian EXTREAMLY interested in the WOFT. Yesterday I took the time to actually go see a recruiter, although everything I saw online said they wouldn't be much help because they will be pushing me to go enlisted and transfer over. Yes my recruiter did in fact try this with me but I do have a feeling he will be
  11. Hi all, I am currently going through instrument (Colorado Heli- Ops) and have been fighting fire in the summer to pay for flight school. The downside is that by fighting fire, I'm unable to fly at all during the summer which obviously hurts my ability to maintain the skill level I have reached the previous winters. I was curious what jobs other people did during their training that allowed them to train fairly frequently and pay for most of their flight hours? I'm trying to avoid loans and external financing, but if anyone has info on that too it would also help! Thanks
  12. With all the flight schools offering different types of training aside from the norm(private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and CFII) what other training should a new pilot try to get. For example night vision, long line/external load, mountain flying, turbine transition... Also, does it really matter which piston helicopters you train in? Is turbine time during training going to be beneficial down the road? In other words,, after the schools are done feeding you their sales pitch, what's the most essential training and in what aircraft?
  13. Looking at going to a school that's training students using the Schweizer 300 and the new Cabri. Was wondering if by training on these platforms I'd be setting myself up for failure or if I'll still be marketable when it comes time to instruct(if not for the same school) and later for employment. Thanks for your help. And in case you're wondering, the school in question is Precision Aviation. Any other suggestions for schools would also be greatly appreciated but they must meet the following criteria: 1. Working with a college degree program 2. In a larger city or within approx. 30/45 m
  14. Hello My name is Kyle and im 25 years old living in miami, fl. I am really interested in becoming a commercial helicopter pilot. Im am looking for all the advice I can get on prices, schools, ways to get the money, loans? everything! also if i get my private license i can then wait a little and start saving for the commercial part right? Anyone know of good places around Miami? If there is anyone who is experienced with all this and has become a pilot I would love to email back and forth. Well thanks guys hope to hear from someone!
  15. Hi everyone, I've got a question about which helicopter to continue training/time building in. I've got my single & multi engine airplane cert's with instrument privileges and am currently working on my Airplane CFI. I currently have around 300 hours TT. So all additional Heli ratings will be add-ons. However, my original PPL was in a Heli and I currently have around 75 hours in a S-300cb. I'm about the start flying heli's again and am wondering (considering the goal of landing a job as a CFI), based on your experience, is it better to 1) Continue to build hours in a S-300 and ther
  16. Anyone know a helicopter flying school near Chicago/in the Midwest that's associated with a college offering VA benefits?
  17. Hi my name is William Fine. I am trying to raise some money to pay for the rest of my CFI/CFI-I training. I currently have 186 hours, and haven't flown in over a year. I have been working but its difficult to save up the necessary money on top of living expenses. In addition to raising money for the training, my goal is to start a clothing brand for helicopter pilots. Any additional donations will go towards starting Rotorhead apparel. I will come up with more designs, colors options, sweatshirts, hats, beanies, and set up my own e-commerce website. Please help me follow my dreams and finish
  18. Im new to the forum and I am in the process of checking out a few flight schools so Ive been doing a lot of researching and reading a ton of forums lately and I went from being very excited to pursue a passion of mine, flying, to feeling like I am going to hate it or might be making the wrong career choice due to all the negativity I read from people; And not just from random people, but from actual helicopter pilots. Ive read everything from crappy/long hours, horrible pay, cant financially support yourself with this kind of career, not worth being in debt from school, guaranteed divorce, m
  19. If there are any pilots or future pilots in the Northern Virginia area, I have 107 hours of R22 dual instruction prepaid at American Helicopters in Manassas, VA. My wife's job moved us to CA last year and I've continued my training out here. I'm trying to sell the hours at a discounted rate of $220/hr. That's dual instruction only. Normal rates are $265/hr. I hope this is the right forum to be posting this in. If not, please let me know. Otherwise, if you are training or have thought about starting to fly, let me know if you want some cheap hours. Thanks!
  20. I was talking to a pilot lately who recommended that I try to do my commercial training in a 44 rather than a 22 if I can afford it. I can't really afford any training, but I'm doing it anyway, so what's another $5K? My flight school does 44's by collective time and 22's by hobbs time, so for flights in the 1.2 to 1.3 range the price difference over the course of a "normal" commercial course is about $5K all told. Is it worth the extra cost? Will it be a significant feather in my cap?
  21. Pilots, local aviation entities, and community members are invited to join precision for a fly-in and industry day at Chehalem Airpark (17S) on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Come explore and share what aviation has to offer in the Pacific Northwest. There will be airplane and helicopter ride as well as plenty of BBQ food and drinks. Also, come check out the first Guimbal Cabri helicopter in the U.S.
  22. There are new regulations for 135, among others, concerning the pilot training/testing. "for rotorcraft pilots, procedures for aircraft handling in flat-light, whiteout, and brownout conditions, including methods for recognizing and avoiding those conditions. " I'd assume that is theoretical training/testing? I would have a hard time testing my pilots' white-out capabilities in South Carolina. 2014-03689_PI.pdf
  23. Hello. LunarCat Labs has started to make some free youtube videos/graphical animations. (I have completed one as of this post). It is free on youtube for anyone to view. So far, my plan for the videos is to have them be supplements that help visually display the concepts being learned. I have started by making a video on Energy Management. I think I will do an SFAR intro next or some of the other SFAR topics.... Not sure yet. I am just now learning the software (blender) I used to make the animations so hopefully the videos will get better as I get better. Enjoy and feel free to commen
  24. How hard is it to get a job instructing at a different location than where you trained? Also, are there other career opportunities for low hour pilots (200 hours) other than flight instructing?
  25. Hello everyone. My name is Manuel Gomez. I'm a Major in the USAF. I am conducting a study on FAA Night Vision Goggle training requirements for my Master's with Embry-Riddle University. If you are a pilot with a private pilot license or better, I'm requesting your assistance by filling out an anonymous, 5-minute survey. Data will be collected until 8 May 13. The results of the surveys will be available by request after that date. Please contact me with any questions at gomezm1@my.erau.edu The survey can be found here: http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/1224129/Night-Vision-Goggles-Training-R
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