Some are ecstatic flying fixed-wing aircraft; but for others, the lure of the rotor blades is powerful. The wap-wap-wap of the blades and the beating of the air mesmerize your inner being. And for some it is a profound moment; you know you must learn to fly this quasi-mystical aircraft. The love affair has begun.
Your quest to learn to fly a helicopter begins at a helicopter pilot school. Aspiring pilots can choose from several options when looking for the best helicopter school. The best path for you to achieve your dream depends on several factors, such as how you learn best, what pace you learn at and the availability of helicopter pilots schools near you, among other things. Follow along as we explore the pros and cons of helicopter pilot schools, to discover how you too can capture the dream.
For the sake of simplicity, this article will leave the military option out of our assessment. For more information on military helicopter pilot schools, check out Upper Limit Aviation’s other articles.
A helicopter pilot school, co-located at or in partnership with a college, recognize the benefits to both parties in offering degree opportunities paired with flight training. The more options they can give you for advancement, flying different helicopters or using your Post 9/11 GI Bill, the greater the motivation is for you to jump in the cockpit. And everyone wins.
If you’ve dreamed of taking to the skies in a helicopter for some time and you think it would be fun or maybe you’re still in high school but know you’re destined to become a helicopter pilot, then the helicopter pilot school at your local airport might be the perfect fit. And even though they may not have degree opportunities, some local helicopter pilot schools are Part 141 certified so you can still use your GI bill to help pay for the flight training.
Landing vertically or on a pinnacle on a mountaintop, helicopter pilot schools may be calling your name. Unlike flying an airplane, helicopter flying embodies a different set of sensations and affords opportunities to do some amazing things in the air. Your adventure can begin today!
Upper Limit Aviation representative, personal communication, January 22, 2016