Helicopters are one of the most remarkable forms of transportation out there. Being a helicopter pilot takes a lot of time, money, skill and dedication. If you don’t have all of those; I suggest you find another career. Being a helicopter pilot is a fun and exciting career.
As a helicopter pilot, there are many different types of jobs available,here are a few:
Helicopter flight instructor, test pilot, fire fighter, offshore support,law enforcement, agriculture,pipeline and utility support, executive transport, sightseeing, fishing, emergency medical services, search and rescue, logging, cargo lift, news media, photography, aerial surveying, forestry, game control, traffic reporting and more.
Salary levels vary greatly by industry.
Typically a commercial helicopter pilot will make anywhere from $25,000 to $100,000 a year, depending on your total helicopter flight time and your experience. Commercial Helicopter Pilots can easily make over $100,000 a year with the right helicopter company.
So if you’re really interested in becoming a helicopter pilot for recreation or as a career, please read the following steps:
You need to make sure that you will like flying in a helicopter before you start your helicopter lessons.
Flying a helicopter is much different than flying an airplane.
Most helicopter training schools offer introductory helicopter flight (also called trial helicopter lessons).
A typical helicopter introductory flight will cost you anywhere from 150 to 200 euro, depending on your location,and will last about half an hour or more.
This time will also count toward your helicopter pilot’s license.
You need to do some research on helicopter flight schools.
Research all the flight schools in your area.
Here are a couple things to look at:
Cost of helicopter training and financial aid options.
What types of helicopters are used for training?
What kind of availability do the instructors and helicopters have?
Instructor credentials-How many hours do the helicopter instructors have?
How long has the helicopter school been in operation?
What are the Insurance requirements?
How many hours does the typical student take to get the helicopter Pilot License?
Check to see if you have the requirements to start your helicopter training.
You can start your helicopter training at any age.
You can solo the helicopter at 16 years of age and then get your private pilot helicopter license at 17 years of age.
Eligibility requirements for your Student Pilot’s Certificate:
(you do not need a student pilot’s certificate to take helicopter flying lessons, you only need it once you’re ready to solo the helicopter):
You must be at least 17 years old.
You must be able to read, speak and understand English.
You must hold at least a current third-class medical certificate.