January 19, 2016| 282

Helicopter Pilot Salary: How Much Can You Make?

John Peltier If you’re considering a career as a helicopter pilot , one of the many aspects you’re undoubtedly wondering about is a helicopter pilot’s salary. I wish there was an easy answer for this, but the truth is that with all of the helicopter pilot jobs available, the helicopter pilot salary range is very wide. But that’s one of the things tha …

January 14, 2016| 18

Mixing Airplanes and Helicopters: Safe VFR Airport Operations in Class G

Wilson Gilliam, Jr. A small, white helicopter floats across the sky, practicing different types of approaches to the Class G airport in Virginia. The student pilot pulls the red trigger switch on the cyclic, still timid with inexperience. “ November 2045 Romeo turning right base, 28, Hampton Roads Airport. ” The pilot of an incoming twin engine airplane …

January 12, 2016| 70

The Differences Between Helicopter Flying and Airplane Flying

Margie O’Connor When asked how helicopter flying is different from flying an airplane, my response has always been the same: it’s much more difficult to eat a sandwich while flying a helicopter, whereas, in a well-trimmed airplane, light finger pressure on the yoke is enough to hold the aircraft straight and level while eating a sandwich with …

January 3, 2016| 33

Why You Should Earn Your Helicopter Instrument Rating

John Peltier If you know any airplane pilots , there’s a good chance a number of them have their instrument rating and actually use it in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC). The same can’t be said for helicopter pilots though – many do have their instrument rating but have never, and will never use it. Instrument flying is a completely differe …

December 1, 2015| 34

How to Become a Helicopter Pilot

Learning to Fly Isn’t as Hard as You Think Wondering how to become a helicopter pilot ? The first steps to getting into a cockpit are clearly defined, and most people qualify to start training immediately . Here are the details you need to know. You’re watching the quintessential over-the-top car chase scene and the star is making a getaway so fa …

September 4, 2015| 7 0

Helicopter Pilots: Landing a Good Job Includes Networking

What is your industry network and who is in it? If you don’t know, you need to know. For helicopter pilots, landing the best job is all about pilot skills, experience, AND networking. Of course, you will need a good resume, the right type of experience, and some very good people skills. But even more important, you must be known by those who …

September 1, 2015| 20 0

The Cicare CH-12 Helicopter

The CICARE CH-12, is the latest offering from the Cicaré company . It is a two-seat light helicopter for civilian use that is sold as a kit. This product summarizes the experience of Augusto Cicaré and the creativity of an avant-garde design team . The result is an aesthetically stunning helicopter for both exterior and interior lines, an unprecedente …

August 6, 2015| 39 0

SFAR 73: What is it and Why is it Important for Student Pilots?

Due to a series of “student pilot” accidents involving Robinson aircraft the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), on March 27, 1995, established a specific training requirement for the R22 and R44 helicopters. These requirements applied to students under instruction , pilots acting as pilot in command (PIC), and flight instructors. Bel …

July 12, 2015| 28 0

Caleb Mason: ULA Graduate and Ag Pilot

Caleb Mason, Upper Limit Aviation graduate and current Agriculture Pilot (or Ag Pilot), recently shared an update regarding his commercial pilot journey – bringing us up to speed about what has transpired since he finished the ULA flight training program less than a year ago . Ag Pilots fly specially-designed helicopters to apply herbicides, in …

May 28, 2015| 25 0

More Female Helicopter Pilots in the Industry

There is a very recent upward trend of female helicopter pilots entering into the “male dominated” helicopter industry. We believe this is good news, and this movement seems to be world wide. At Upper Limit Aviation we are finding that more women are donning flight suits with the aspiration of becoming commercial helicopter pilots . This …

May 12, 2015| 13 0

Enstrom TH180: Will it Compete with the Robinson R22?

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has a new training aircraft called the TH180 but the company had been keeping the details of this new helicopter confidential until Heli Expo last March 2015. Could this helicopter, the Enstrom TH180, answer the call for a low-cost training alternative to the Robinson 22 , which is by far the most widely used helicopte …

May 7, 2015| 21 0

Landing Helicopter Tour Jobs

“Almost every day during flight training or flying tours you’ll have an incredible Ah-Ha moment.  You are in the air when it  hits you; you can’t believe you get to fly helicopters for a living,” said Troy Barnum, former helicopter Flight Instructor for Upper Limit Aviation. An aptitude test taken in high school is what ignited the spark …

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