Our professional pilot program is designed for students with no prior aviation experience. It includes all certificates and ratings you need to successfully start your helicopter career. During this program you will obtain a Private, Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, Flight Instructor Instrument certificates and ratings. You will graduate with 200 hours of helicopter flight time, thus complying with the SFAR-73 regulation. All your flying will be in the Robinson R44.
At Blue Hill Helicopters we tailor this program to your needs. You can do it at your own pace – part time or full time. At the end of the program you will have numerous of career opportunities in the helicopter industry.
At Blue Hill Helicopters we hire our own students as flight instructors to give them the opportunity to gain flight experience in a busy environment. We prepare them for their next ventures whether it is flying tours in Grand Canyon, Off-Shore in the Gulf of Mexico, charter or corporate in NYC or flying EMS nationwide.
Unlike the majority of US Flight Schools that solely provide instruction or tours, Blue Hill Helicopters combines your experience with professional photo flights, golf ball drops and Santa drops. Whether you want to fly tours, charters or fly medical helicopters. We have great connections to major companies in the Grand Canyon, Gulf of Mexico and New York City.
Private Pilot Certification is the first step in the FAA certification – this is the initial step for every pilot. Pilots who only wish to fly recreationally will need this certificate. However, if you want to turn helicopter flying into a career, the journey must continue.
Instrument rating teaches you to fly the helicopter solely by reference to the instruments. A desirable skill to possess in clouds or any situation where visibility is impaired.As most helicopters fly in visual conditions, it is not a requirement to have an instrument rating. However, it is a required rating for many jobs and by many employers. For instance, if you want to fly EMS (Emergency Medical Service).
A Commercial rating is required for a pilot to be employed as a professional pilot. Most times it is not enough just having a commercial pilot certificate. Adding a Flight Instructor Certificate will help build the necessary hours and experience to be employable. Only having a commercial pilot certificate would limit your initial job opportunities to flying tours.
After gaining your commercial certificate, the most common career path for a helicopter pilot is becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). Most pilots choose this path because they want to pass on the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their own training. In doing so, flight instructors improve and develop their own understanding of aviation.
As a Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII) you are qualified to teach and instruct students who are in the process of obtaining their instrument rating.