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Frequently Asked Questions About Helicopter Flight Instruction

December 7, 2019 Leave your thoughts

Are you interested in becoming a helicopter pilot? Whether it’s something you’ve dreamed of doing as a career or a hobby, there are opportunities for you to get up in the air with the proper training and certification. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about helicopter flight instruction in Montana.

How long do I need to spend on training before I’m able to become a professional pilot?

The answer to this question really depends on how frequently you’re able to get up in the air and how much time you’re able to commit to the training program. Most people take on flight training in addition to the other responsibilities they have in their lives, so the amount of time it will take to become a pilot will really hinge on the speed at which you learn and how much of yourself you’re able to devote to the program at any given time.

The general recommendation is to try to fly three or four times a week and to study regularly while you’re at home. A realistic timeframe is 18 months in a professional pilot program, but the process can be expedited with hard studying and extra time in the air.

How much will it cost for me to go through the training program?

This depends on how long it takes you to complete the program, but on average you can expect to pay anywhere from $12,000 to $25,000. Average students will be somewhere in the $20,000 to $22,000 range. The best way to lower your costs is to fly as much as possible and to make sure you stay on top of your studies while not in class.

How soon can I start training?

This depends on course enrollment in your area. You may need to provide proof of citizenship, and will also need to complete an application. After that, your start date depends on when the program for which you are applying will begin accepting and training new students.

Does completing the training give me good odds of getting a job?

Yes—there is actually a national shortage of helicopter pilots at the moment, so the prospects for people who complete the training are quite good. Helicopter pilots are used in a variety of fields, and demand has been high for some time, and this is not expected to change anytime soon. Now, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to get a job offer right away from the company that provided your training, but you don’t have to worry about being extremely limited with your prospects once you are fully trained and certified.

What types of fields require the use of helicopter pilots?

Helicopter pilots can get jobs in a wide variety of industries, from commercial flights to tourism to journalism to medical to military and much more.

For more information about getting your helicopter pilot’s license, contact Rocky Mountain Rotors today about helicopter flight instruction in Montana. We look forward to helping you better understand the process and hopefully get started on your training!

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