All courses are priced at average student performance and not the minimum required times for each course. Please keep in mind that many of our competitors quote the minimums and not what you may actually spend on training.  Please see the Terms and Conditions for applicable discounts for excellent student performance for each course.

Professional Helicopter Pilot Program

Professional Pilot Program

The Professional Pilot Program is an all inclusive program that will take a student from zero time to a point where they will be able to enter the helicopter pilot job market. Students will obtain the following certificates and ratings:

  • Private Pilot Certificate (PPL)
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate (CPL)
  • Certified Flight Instructor Certificate (CFI)
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate (CFII)

This course is best done on a part-time basis averaging 3 lessons per week. However, some individuals may desire a faster course completion time and can accomplish all courses within as little as 10 months. Part-time students should expect an average of 24 months to complete the full program.

Airwest delivers a unique environment to any student who attends our courses by being able to see a company, from the sidelines, who works in and out of the professional helicopter world on a daily basis. Airwest’s unique base provides a relaxed learning atmosphere and a comfortable learning environment where students will be able to get up close to aircraft they may someday fly as a professional pilot and meet many of our employees who currently do.

This one of a kind surrounding and immersion into the helicopter industry is part of what we call “Real World Helicopter Training.” You will be taught the things our pilots have learned over the past so that you can learn from them and in return become a better and safer pilot.

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Pre-Requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Read, Speak, and understand English
  • 18 years of age or older
Flight Hours: 175
Flight Cost: $54,250.00
Ground Cost: $10,350.00
*Total: $64,600.00* *Length: *24 months
*Total cost and length of program will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the courses.

Individual Certificate / Rating Courses

PPL

The Private Pilot Certificate Course (PPL) teaches students the basics of flying a helicopter.  A student will be introduced to a variety of flight maneuvers including: hovering, takeoffs, landings, approaches, cross-country flying, airport/off airport procedures, emergency maneuvering, and smooth control coordination.  Students will also be instructed on a wide variety of knowledge areas pertaining to flight and aviation including: aerodynamics, weather, navigation, regulations, and airspace.

A Private Pilot Certificate allows an individual to fly for pleasure and take friends and family on flights.  It does not allow you to work as a professional pilot, but it is a necessary step for individuals who seek to be a professional helicopter pilot and can be considered a “license to learn.”

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Read, Speak, and understand English
Flight Hours: 70
Flight Cost: $21,700.00
Ground Cost: $3,757.50
*Total: $24,457.50* *Length: *33 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
PPL Add-On

The Private Pilot Certificate Add-On Course (PPL) is designed for a Private Pilot of a different category of aircraft (airplane, glider, etc.) to add the helicopter category to their existing certificate.  Students will learn the basics of flying a helicopter.  A student will be introduced to a variety of flight maneuvers including: hovering, takeoffs, landings, approaches, cross-country flying, airport/off airport procedures, emergency maneuvering, and smooth control coordination.  Students will also be instructed on a wide variety of knowledge areas pertaining to helicopter flight.

A Private Pilot Certificate allows an individual to fly for pleasure and take friends and family on flights.  It does not allow you to work as a professional pilot, but it is a necessary step for individuals who seek to be a professional helicopter pilot and can be considered a “license to learn.”

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Valid Private Pilot Certificate in another category of aircraft
  • Read, Speak, and understand English
Flight Hours: 45
Flight Cost: $13,950.00
Ground Cost: $2,700.00
*Total: $16,650.00* *Length: *23 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
IR

The Airwest Enstroms have been outfitted for instrument training.  Instrument training will give any pilot a more in depth understanding of our National Airspace System, services available to pilots while in the air, and a deeper understanding of reading gauges and interpreting the helicopter’s location and attitude in poor visibility conditions.  A pilot will become more precise, safer, and efficient during VFR, IFR, night, or limited visibility situations.

Many Helicopter operators, such as those in the EMS field, require pilots to have an Instrument Rating in order to be eligible for hiring.  Also pilots flying their own equipment will generally see an insurance reduction in their premiums by having an Instrument Rating.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Passed Instrument Knowledge Exam.
Flight Hours: 50
Flight Cost: $15,500.00
Ground Cost: $3,015.00
*Total: $18,515.00* *Length: *25 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
IR Add-On

The Instrument Rating Add-On Course (IR) is designed for an instrument rated pilot of a different category of aircraft (airplane, glider, etc.) to add the helicopter Instrument Rating to their existing certificate.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Instrument Rating in another category of aircraft
Flight Hours: 20
Flight Cost: $6,200.00
Ground Cost: $1,800.00
*Total: $8,000.00* *Length: *11 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
CPL

The Airwest Commercial Pilot Course (CPL) prepares students for the situations that a pilot may face when conducting professional flights.  It is often and frequent that commercial pilots are faced with scenarios where they must make quick decisions and fly to places they have not been before.  Through scenario-based training, students will be given scenarios where they will have to determine what options are available and decide the correct course of action.  This course also reemphasizes the basic and advanced maneuvers learned during the Private Pilot training and demands the students to be more proficient, smoother, and precise.  Students will also learn about the privileges and limitations that a commercial pilot can exercise.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Passed Commercial Knowledge Exam
  • 10 hrs Instrument Time (actual/sim.)
Flight Hours: 35
Flight Cost: $10,850.00
Ground Cost: $2,362.50
*Total: $13,212.50* *Length: *17 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
CPL Add-On

The Commercial Pilot Certificate Add-On Course (CPL) is designed for a Commercial Pilot of a different category of aircraft (airplane, glider, etc.) to add the helicopter category to their existing certificate.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Passed Commercial Knowledge Exam
  • 10 hrs Instrument Time (actual/sim.)
  • 75 hrs PIC (any category of aircraft)
  • 125 hrs total flight time
  • 70 hours in powered aircraft
Flight Hours: 30
Flight Cost: $9,300.00
Ground Cost: $2,700.00
*Total: $12,000.00* *Length: *15 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
CFI

For many aspiring Helicopter Pilots, becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) is the way they will initially build hours and experience in order to further advance their helicopter careers. Earning a CFI requires an individual to deeply understand concepts, rules, and maneuvers involved with helicopter pilot certification. CFI students must also learn how to teach. This section of our course discusses topics such as teaching principles and psychological aspects that affect the learning process. This course has a rigorous ground training schedule in order to adequately prepare students for the CFI practical exam.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Passed FOI knowledge exam
  • Passed CFI knowledge exam
  • Hold Commercial Pilot Certificate
Flight Hours: 15
Flight Cost: $4,650.00
Ground Cost: $2,880.00
*Total: $7,530.00* *Length: *19 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
CFII

The CFI job market is competitive and therefore many pilots will also want to earn their Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Certification.  This will make any pilot more employable and a better asset to any company they work for.  This benefits the instructor as well because they will be able to take more students on and therefore build more hours in a shorter amount of time.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Valid Private Pilot Certificate in another category of aircraft
  • Read, Speak, and understand English
Flight Hours: 12
Flight Cost: $13,720.00
Ground Cost: $1,305.00
*Total: $5,025.00* *Length: *9 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.

Specialized / Advanced Courses

Turbine Transition

The Turbine Transition Course is for pilots who are interested in flying a turbine helicopter or are thinking about purchasing a turbine helicopter.  It can also to be for professional pilots who seek to build their resume to help further enhance their employment opportunities.

The Airwest Turbine Transition Course emphasizes the differences between piston and turbine helicopters.  Students will learn about turbine engine operations, reading power gauges, start/shutdown procedures, and performance.  Flight maneuvers include normal procedures and emergency operations with an emphasis on autorotations.

*There are no refunds for this course. If an individual is unable to finish the course they may reschedule for a later date.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Private or Commericial Helicopter Certificate
Flight Hours: 5
Flight Cost: $4,750.00
Ground Cost: $360.00
*Total: $5,110.00* *Length: *3 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.
Vertical Reference (Longline)

Vertical Reference aka longline, operations are complex tasks that requires the full attention of a pilot during all phases of flight.  The Airwest Vertical Reference Course emphasizes safety and gives pilots not only the chance to learn and practice in a safe environment, but to learn rules to fly by for the rest of their careers.  These rules come from Airwest’s vast experience performing precision longline missions.  Our staff has over 100 years combined longline experience, performing missions such as fire suppression, logging, seismic, laying power line and poles, condenser lifts, and many other varied missions.  Learn from the best in the business.

Pre-requisites:

  • Valid Airman’s Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Commercial Helicopter Certificate
Flight Hours: 10
Flight Cost: $9,500.00
Ground Cost: $450.00
*Total: $9,950.00* *Length: *5 days
*Total cost and length of course will vary depending on actual student progress and the amount of Flight and Ground Time needed by the student to gain proficiency in order to complete the course.