How To Become A Helicopter Pilot!
The first thing to know is that you can save money by not getting all your flight hours in a helicopter! Helicopters are expensive. So, get your private pilot licence (around 40 hours) over the next, say 6 months. Spread out the hours to match your budget. Get your private pilots licence in a cessna or small aircraft that runs about 75 dollars an hour.
Then, once you have this, you can begin helicopter training. I think it only takes 10 additional hours (in addition to the 40 you got for your private licence) to be a certified helicopter pilot!
I have about 1000 helicopter pilot hours through military service. If you are young enough, I recommend the military because they pay for everything. The army will accept pilots older than you may think. Up to around 40 years old.
I hope this was helpful, and remember, you can take a helicopter lesson at anytime, even without a pilots licence. It may run around 150 to 200 dollars an hour. It was about 100 plus instructor per hour when I did it 15 years ago. But the R22 Robinson or Sweitzer 256 or 300 aircraft are a pretty good place to start.
So, in short, go take one lesson and be sure it's something you want to do, then learn everything about the helicopters you can. They are a strange beast and lots of fun. Like Sikorski, (father of the helicopter) said, physically they are not supposed to be able to fly.
Good job on your decision to start flying and have fun with it. I hope this was helpful! New Idea Guy.
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