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Helicopter Flight Training Courses

With a commercial helicopter pilot license, an exciting and varied career awaits you.

Whether you have your heart set on firefighting or emergency medical services, or you dream of flying tourists over breathtaking scenery, Hillsboro will help you get there. Our flight school has the helicopter flight lessons and courses you need to start your career.

All of our helicopter flight training courses are Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved and we offer Federation Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 61 and Part 141 training. We also offer European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved courses.  We even offer specialty helicopter flight courses to include with your FAA helicopter training—like external load operations and mountain flying—so that you can set yourself up for the career you’ve always dreamed of.

Training Programs

and Additional Ratings

Professional Pilot Program

Our helicopter pilot school offers a full training program for people whose goal is to work as a career helicopter pilot. The Professional Pilot Program includes helicopter flight lessons for these certificates and ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor.

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EASA/FAA Professional Pilot Program

Our first-of-its-kind EASA/FAA program is for international students who wish to pursue a helicopter pilot career in Europe. It includes the same certificates as our FAA helicopter training program, plus all required EASA coursework.

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Additional Ratings: Specialized

If you want to prepare for a more challenging and exciting career, it’s a great idea to add specialized helicopter flight lessons to your Professional Pilot Program to further enhance your skills and expand your career opportunities.

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FAA Helicopter Training

We offer pilot training under both FAR Part 61 and FAR Part 141.

What does that mean?

This means we have two different ways to approach your training. Both FAR Part 61 and Part 141 training demand the same minimum standards for you to get your pilot certificate, but FAR Part 141 is more methodical and refined in its approach to helicopter flight lessons.

Flight instructors approved by the FAA can train you under FAR Part 61 anywhere—whether they’re attached to a flight school or not—and they can follow their own method.

FAR Part 141 training is given through approved flight schools, like Hillsboro Aero Academy, who have had our course curriculums reviewed and approved by the FAA. This means we’ve perfected our courses over time, found the best path for your training and we stick to it.

Your long-term goals and learning style will determine which FAR part is right for you, and we’ll help you decide.

Helicopter Flight Training FAQs

Our Professional Pilot Program includes private, instrument, commercial, and flight instructor courses. We also encourage student to obtain their CFII as well. Current program costs can be found here.

The program estimates are based on average program pricing. The only item not included in this estimate is the cost of the Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) for your FAA examinations, known as check rides.

At Hillsboro Heli Academy, you will join a large community of students and instructors ready to provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills required for pursuing your dream to fly. You will participate in one-on-one flight and ground instruction with a certified flight instructor who will prepare you to meet the FAA requirements for each certificate or rating.

Our helicopter program is designed to take less than 15 months to complete if you are a full-time student committing to being on the flight schedule five times per week. Your training speed can change depending on how often you fly, amount of study time you commit, and the time of year you start your training.

The first step in your training program is the Private Pilot Certificate which is where you learn the fundamentals of operating a helicopter. You will have to complete solo and cross country flight requirements, in order to take the FAA examination also known as a check ride with an FAA-designated examiner. The FAA requires a minimum of 35 hours of ground training and 35 hours of flight training for this certification. However, most people require more flight hours to become proficient enough to pass the exam, often averaging 50-60 hours.

If you are learning to fly, you are required to take 3-5 hours a week of classes until your helicopter pilot training instructor deems you capable of flying. Completing helicopter pilot training can take about 6 to 18 months.

It can seem difficult initially to learn to fly a helicopter. However, our helicopter flying lessons are designed to encourage effective skill development, practical learning, and consistent enthusiasm for upskilling.

Helicopter Pilot Course & Classes FAQs

The minimum age to get a helicopter pilot license in the United States is 17 for a Private Pilot Certification and 18 for a Commercial Pilot Certificate.

The required hours for a helicopter pilot’s license depend on your goals and learning style, but our FAA-approved programs cover Private, Instrument, and Commercial Certificates. It typically ranges from 40-70 hours for a private pilot license and more for advanced certifications.

A valid FAA medical certificate is required before helicopter pilot training. It ensures you meet the medical standards set by aviation authorities for safe flight operations.

To join helicopter pilot training, you typically need to be at least 17 years old, fluent in English, meet medical requirements, and hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Helicopter ground school is an integral part of our training programs. Whether pursuing FAA or EASA certification, it helps you understand what is essential for safe and successful helicopter piloting.

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