Helicopter Flight School
Learn to fly a chopper
People who want to become helicopter pilots generally fall into one of two categories: those who already hold a pilot's license and those who do not. If you haven't had any previous flight training in a fixed-wing vehicle, you need to do that before you can learn to fly a helicopter.
A lot of the same advice we give on our page about finding a flight school applies to helicopter piloting.
In addition to that advice, we offer these tips to hopeful helicopter pilots:
- Be absolutely passionate. You're not going to make it through helicopter piloting school if don't truly love helicopters. Believe it or not, many people who investigate helicopter schools have never actually been in a helicopter.
- Prepare to move. There are a limited number of helicopter flight schools in the United States, and not all of them will be suitable for you. If you're single, moving away to school isn't too difficult. If you have a family, it's harder. You'll have to make arrangements accordingly.
- Have access to lots of money. Helicopter flight school costs a lot. In order to pay for your training, you'll need to have good financial backing. If you don't, you still have the option of getting your training from the U.S. Forces.
- Visit the school before you enroll. Get to know the flight instructors and ask past graduates about their experiences.
Many helicopter schools allow prospective students to take a free introductory lesson. This is probably the best way to find out how complex helicopter flight is and whether or not you think it might be a career that interests you.
Helicopter pilots serve many important needs in society. They fight forest fires, track criminals, monitor traffic and transport patients to hospitals. It's expected that there will be a steady demand for helicopter pilots in the coming years.