Professional helicopter training academy - pilot flight school

Helicopter Academy is the only flight school in the world that can guarantee graduates a job working as an instructor pilot on a photo contract. The contract does not require thousands of hours like those jobs that transport people. Helicopter Academy is one of the leading helicopter training academy flight schools in the nation and provides top quality pilot training for all ratings including private, commercial, instructor, instrument and ATP ratings.

Helicopter training

For about $81,750 of helicopter time we will train you from zero to 300 hours and including the private helicopter license, the commercial helicopter certificate and the instructor helicopter certificate in our Robinson R22 helicopters. Your first hours of dual instruction are billed at $300/hour. When you complete your private license the remaining hours are $250/hr. You can complete your private helicopter license in as little as 35 hours. After the private rating you'll do almost exclusively photo flying with an instructor and will learn this skill that is valuable to our photo contract and making you a valuable pilot to us. When you approach the 300 hours you'll need to take the instructors rating (CFI) for $5000 and we'll give you a job like we have to every graduating pilot since our founding in January 1986. (35 hours x $300 hour [$10,500] + 265 hours x $250/hour [$66,250] + $5000 CFI class = $81750. We recommend you get 25 hours in the larger Robinson R44 helicopter and this is an extra $250/hour for these flights but it is not a requirement for a job with us. An Instrument rating also available for $10,000 (which is 20 hours in the R22 and 20 hours in our Fly It Simulator; expect to fly 335 hours total) and we recommend this rating but it is not required for a job with us. We have been in seamless operation with the same owner/manager and now have a large fleet of properly maintained rotorcraft. This school is authorized under Federal laws to enroll non-immigrant students at our FAR Part 141 school. See details. We offer cheap housing in South Florida where you can fly every day of the year! If you can’t come to Florida we can usually keep you in your job and in your bed and bring a helicopter to you. We know of no other helicopter school that has more nationwide locations than we do or that can guarantee you a job if you meet our simple insurance requirements of 300 hours and Instructor rating (obtained at our school).

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Guaranteed jobs

HA is the only school in the world that can guarantee you a helicopter pilot job. This is very important if you are looking at training elsewhere because we are the only flight school that offers students a job after training. We operate a fleet of helicopters and like other schools our insurance requires 300 hours helicopter time and an instructor's rating to fly for us. We train you to 300 hours and an instructors rating and offer you a job as long as after your first training hour with us all your subsequent hours and ratings are with us. We offer a first job to all graduates as an instructor pilot on a photo contract and showers hours and opportunities on our pilots that is unique in the helicopter world.

Accredited Flight School

We are Accredited by the FAA under FAR Part 141 to enroll students.

We are Accredited by BOATPIX.com, LLC as a flight school to work on a photo contract.

We are affiliated with Utah Valley University to enroll students for flight training while students attend that University in an online degree program known at the Global Aviation Degree. Apply here.

Helicopter Flight School Training Financial Aid

Helicopter Academy flight training programs offer a wide variety pilot financial aid options to help you attend our flight school and realize your dreams of becoming a professional helicopter pilot if you do not have access to $81,750.

Student testimonial

I would like to thank you again for your amazing program. I learned more than a few things with HA that are now vital for my flights here. I miss the Boatpix flights a lot and hope somehow I will fly for you again.

Laurent Abat-Roy

Pilot salaries

Helicopter Academy is one of the leading schools for flight training in the nation. FAA approved - Part 141.

Our recent graduates that have accumulated about 1200 hours "pilot in command" time have been receiving offers at $52,000 a year to fly to oil rigs. They build about 600 hours a year in this "offshore" work and at about 3,000 hours they're reporting salaries of $85,000 a year. A pilot that flew for us ten years ago reported he's currently making $120,000 a year but has to travel and live out of a suitcase. We have placed graduates throughout the industry and the world. The highest paying jobs are outside of the United States, in remote areas or both.

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Ratings offered

We offer helicopter instruction for the following ratings:

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