What You Will Learn
How to Fly Solo
Basic Helicopter Operations
Airport & Heliport Operations
And So Much More
This course is the first step for every pilot. You learn how to safely conduct basic flight maneuvers and proper aeronautical decision making, flight planning, meteorology, aerodynamics and phases of flight, and all regulations and restrictions pertaining to the Private Pilot Certificate. After safely demonstrating selected maneuvers and sound judgment in the aircraft, you get to do something you will remember for the rest of your life; fly solo for the first time. Every detail of that experience will be vivid in your memory from what the weather was like to how the aircraft felt when you looked over and realized your instructor’s seat was empty. Soloing in a helicopter is an experience not many people have achieved and it is something to be proud of.
During the next phase of your training, you will take the helicopter on cross-country flights. Our location here in the midwest makes for a phenomenal training experience, with a great combination of rural and city flying you will get to see it from a perspective few others get. This part of the training also includes an amazing night flight. The night flight is a game changer, and if you weren’t already in awe of views you get from the air during daylight just wait until you see a major city from the air at night!
Once you have completed the solo and cross country requirements, you will take the FAA practical test, also known as a check ride, with an FAA-designated examiner. When you successfully complete the check ride, you will be a private pilot! The FAA minimum hour requirement for a Private Pilot Certificate is around 35 hours of ground training and 40 hours of flight training. The National average seems to be around 50-60 hours before someone is truly ready. We can’t guarantee a specific minimum for completion—everyone learns at different rates.