Turbine Transition Course

Turbine transition training equips you with the expertise needed to navigate the power and precision of turbine engines, unlocking new horizons in your helicopter career.


Turbine Transition Course

At Blue Hill Helicopters, we understand the importance of versatility in the world of helicopter aviation. Whether you’re looking to challenge yourself in a new helicopter type, fly for pleasure, or pursue a professional career in aviation, our Helicopter Turbine Transition Course is designed to meet your unique aspirations.

Our course has been meticulously developed by industry-leading commercial pilots and a designated pilot examiner, each with years of experience in the field. We are dedicated to preparing you for the competitive job market and helping you take your aviation career to new heights, regardless of your goals.

Enrollment Prerequisites

  • Hold at least a private pilot certificate
  • Possess at least a current third-class medical certificate.
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English

Course Outline

Our Helicopter Turbine Transition Training Course is structured to provide you with comprehensive knowledge and practical skills. Here’s an overview of what the course includes:

Ground School (10 hours)
  • Operating Handbook
  • Performance and Limitations
  • Turbine Engines
  • Systems and Maintenance
Flight Instruction (20 Hours Dual)
  • Normal Procedures
  • Advanced Maneuvers
  • Special Operations
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Off-Airport Procedures

Expected Duration of Training

At Blue Hill Helicopters, we understand that each student has unique circumstances and preferences. Therefore, we offer flexibility in the duration of our training program. You can tailor this program to meet your specific needs:

  • Whether you prefer an accelerated course spanning just a few days to expedite your learning.
  • Or if you’d like to pursue training on a part-time basis, spread over a few weeks to accommodate your schedule and commitments.

We are committed to working with you to ensure you receive the training you need, precisely when you need it. Your success in transitioning to turbine helicopters is our top priority.

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What Does The Helicopter Turbine Transition Training Course Entail?

On the ground, our turbine transition training course includes a thorough introduction to preflight procedures, aircraft limitations, and emergency procedures specific to the appropriate turbine make and model. But it’s more than just a course; it’s an experience designed to be both fun and challenging.
In the air, you’ll embark on a journey that goes beyond learning procedures. You’ll start by mastering normal operating procedures, laying the foundation for your turbine piloting skills. But we don’t stop there. We believe in enhancing your flying experience and building your confidence in the pilot-in-command (PIC) seat.
As you progress through the course, you’ll delve into abnormal and emergency procedures, and these won’t just be lessons; they’ll be experiences. We’ll demonstrate and practice these scenarios until you develop increased confidence in your ability to safely maneuver the aircraft, no matter the circumstances.
Our ultimate goal is to not only help you meet the standards defined by the Practical Test Standards specific to your pilot certificate but to also make you a better overall pilot. We want you to feel comfortable, not just in the cockpit of a turbine helicopter, but in any helicopter you pilot. We aim to increase your confidence, hone your skills, and, most importantly, make your helicopter training an enjoyable and rewarding adventure.

What challenges do pilots face when transitioning from reciprocating to turbine helicopters

Power Management

  • Turbine helicopters require precise power management due to their slower power response compared to piston engines. Unlike piston engines, which have a relatively quicker response time, turbine engines respond more gradually to throttle changes. This necessitates a refined touch and skillful power management by the pilot.

Scanning Technique

  • Operating turbine helicopters demands a different scanning technique in the cockpit. Pilots will learn the new gauges and how to monitor engine performance. 

Start-Up Technique

  • Starting a turbine engine requires a specific sequence of actions and procedures, quite different from the start-up process of reciprocating engines.

What are the weight restrictions?

Unlike the Robinson R44, there are no seat limitation on the Bell 206 Jet Ranger.