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My dad used to fly for the Army in a OH 58D helicopter until 96 and has since retired. I often hear him mentioning that he misses flying. His birthday is coming up in august and I was thinking that would be a great gift for him to be able to fly again.

He is currently on medication that would prevent him form flying alone so I think the only way to make this possible is for him to fly with an instructor. I have been looking into some helicopter flight schools and they all use Robinson type helicopters. But I think he would enjoy it even more if he could fly an OH 58D or the civilian version of it (206A JetRanger).

Any suggestions on where I might be able to find a flight school with this type of helicopter in the Los Angeles area?

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My dad used to fly for the Army in a OH 58D helicopter until 96 and has since retired. I often hear him mentioning that he misses flying. His birthday is coming up in august and I was thinking that would be a great gift for him to be able to fly again.

He is currently on medication that would prevent him form flying alone so I think the only way to make this possible is for him to fly with an instructor. I have been looking into some helicopter flight schools and they all use Robinson type helicopters. But I think he would enjoy it even more if he could fly an OH 58D or the civilian version of it (206A JetRanger).

Any suggestions on where I might be able to find a flight school with this type of helicopter in the Los Angeles area?

 

There are very few 206A still around. A large number of them have been converted to B models. Besides, I believe that the 58D is more like the 206B3. There are several 206 operators around the LA area.

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There are very few 206A still around. A large number of them have been converted to B models. Besides, I believe that the 58D is more like the 206B3. There are several 206 operators around the LA area.

 

Thank you for the correction. I wouldn't really know I was just going of of what I found on another website (can't remember where that was though). But how do I find an 206 operator? Like I mentioned he will most likely need to fly with an instructor.

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I think your dad flew a OH 58A or C model since the OH 58D is based on the 407 and didn't begin production until 1995. I would call Group 3 Aviation. I don't think they have a 206 for training, but I bet they know who does. You're probably looking at $900 an hour or so.

I have to correct myself: it seems that the D model goes back to '86.

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