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I am looking for some advice. I have my private license for airplanes.

 

I only have 10.1 hours in helicopters at this point (5.5 in an R22, 1.8 in a Bell 47 and 1.2 in an S-300). Up to now, I have only been flying helicopters 1-2 hours per year. I have started pick-ups and set downs, done some local area flying and done pirouettes down the taxiway.

 

This summer I will be living close to an airport that has helicopter training (Northeast Helicopters in Ellington, CT). I will only be there for the summer since it is for an internship. They have both a S-300 and an R-22.

 

The R-22 is $280 per hour, but I need 14.5 hours before I would be able to solo because of the SFAR.

 

The S-300 is $300 per hour, but there is no minimum number of hours to solo. The problem with the S-300 is that there aren't as many places renting them, so I may need to eventually finish those 14.5 hours in an R-22 to be able to rent a helicopter.

 

Using this as some basic information, would it make more sense to fly the 22 or the 300? I don't want this to turn into a thread about which is better the 22 or the 300. That conversation has been beat to death many times. I'm curious as to which makes more sense given the situation.

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Well don't get caught up on the minimum hours to solo/checkride etc... You will NOT solo either a 22 or 300 in 14.5 hrs...

 

So, fly the one that you personally feel more comfortable in. Its only $20/hr difference, really small change in this game...

 

The renting scenario is a whole nother can of worms...

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Well don't get caught up on the minimum hours to solo/checkride etc... You will NOT solo either a 22 or 300 in 14.5 hrs...

 

So, fly the one that you personally feel more comfortable in. Its only $20/hr difference, really small change in this game...

 

The renting scenario is a whole nother can of worms...

 

That is what I would have said had I responded first.

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I have been renting for several years now, and I don't know of any local places that will rent the S300's they have.

 

Stick with the R22, it will give you more options, and if you want to rent for a weekend trip with your girlfriend, it will allow you to take at least an overnight bag! ;)

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Agree with everyone here. R-22. You won't solo that fast. While I have had students ready that quick it is pretty rare. Getting training done in the R-22/44 will give you a lot more options in rental locations.

 

JD

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