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Do many Helicopter schools use accelerated training programs or offer them? I only know of one and thats Baker Aircraft in OR. Most schools I have talked to the average 12 to 18 months or more to go from knowing nothing to CFII. Is accelerated training becoming more popular? Is there anyone out there who has done an accelerated program and went from nothing to CFII in less than six months? Anyone know of any schools other than Baker Aircraft that offer an accelerated training program in a 300c for $245/ph? Thoughts? Comments?

 

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While any school can do that, they have to be prepared to offer that much time in the aircraft. Sometimes that has to be booked a few weeks in advance.

 

Obtaining 200 hours of flight training in less than 6 months can be done, but it is hard and requires a special type of commitment. The fastest I've ever seen it done was 5 months and 1 week, and all the stars aligned. We tell people 6 to 9 months for full time training, and that doesn't include any time off, which most people end up taking.

 

12 to 18 months is part time training, and is realistic if the student gives it 20 hours a week of their time. Give it 40 hours a week and treat it like a job and cut those times in half.

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I can't imagine what it would take to become proficient enough to fly to CFI standards in 6 months! I have seen way to many people that think they are going to fly 5+ hours a day, become sooo drained after about 2 that training beyond that would do them more harm than good for the reasons of performance dropping off and discouragement setting in. Obviously it can be done but it's not for everyone and I imagine it's not even for many. Heck, I have seen students after 30 minutes of hover practice ready for a NAP! :)

Good luck if you go for it...prepare to be mentally AND physically DRAINED!

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You are correct, it isn't for everyone, and it does take total commitment to get it done.

 

Of course, most people hear what they want to, so we continue to have people trying to train full time while working full time. It doesn't work, but generally no one listens to me until they are a few months into it.

 

It takes 4 hours a day, 5 days a week at school, then 4 hours a day, 5 days a week at home studying, to do it in 6 months. And that is if the stars align, sometimes they don't, which is why it can take 9 months.

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The school must be aware of your intentions nd be equally committed.

 

Suggest taking your time through at least PPL, then accelerating if you find you are so inclined.

 

Time savings is usually done by getting x-country requirements for Instrument and Commercial done expeditiously. Plan this time carefully...you can be abused by the school if you are not aware of the requirements in the FARs. Take charge of YOUR training. If a flight is not done to fill a specific FAR requirement, why are you spending your money?

 

If your performance is becoming stagnant, it may be time to take a few days off.

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You are correct, it isn't for everyone, and it does take total commitment to get it done.

 

Of course, most people hear what they want to, so we continue to have people trying to train full time while working full time. It doesn't work, but generally no one listens to me until they are a few months into it.

 

It takes 4 hours a day, 5 days a week at school, then 4 hours a day, 5 days a week at home studying, to do it in 6 months. And that is if the stars align, sometimes they don't, which is why it can take 9 months.

 

 

I remember seeing some Japanese students at one of my schools quite awhile ago, but they did PPL to CFI in about 6 months! You live, breath flying 10+ hours a day, 6 days a week! One of the Japanese girls got all of her ratings, left for about a year, then came back and did 40 hours in an A109(her company paid for it), and went back to Japan...now that's a good company, eh!

 

If you don't have to work to support yourself, and money isn't an issue, then you betcha you can do it in 6 months...depends how bad you want it! BUT, most of us can only do it part time at best! I flew once a week for 2 years to get my PPL....now that's a commitment! :D

 

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Rob

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