frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions about becoming a helicopter pilot

What separates Higher Ground Helicopters from other similar training facilities?

Is there a cut off age for being a helicopter pilot?

Do you need to fly an airplane first, to fly helicopters?

What can I expect to be paid as a helicopter pilot?

Is there financing options available?

How long will it take me to finish my training?

Why do you need 200 hours of helicopter time?

Can anyone become a helicopter pilot?

What kind of helicopter careers are available?


Q: What separates Higher Ground Helicopters from other similar training facilities?
A: Higher Ground Helicopters' Complete Professional Helicopter Career Program provides the student with all the necessary flight and ground training required to be employable as a helicopter pilot at one complete price.

Most flight schools only sell their programs at the FAA minimums which normally result in students incurring increased cost toe complete. Our programs cover everything form the books to the final check rides giving our students a complete understanding of costs from day one.

Most flight schools only take students to the minimums to get their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) rating. Our program takes the student to 200 hours total flight time at 90% education standard, making them employable immediately upon completion.

Most flight schools only offer ground school on a one on one basis increasing student costs. Our program offers a group ground school, decreasing cost and increasing uniformity of our training program.

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Q: Is there a cut off age for being a helicopter pilot?
A: You must be 18 years of age and there is no top out age, as long as you can pass a 2nd class medical (a basic physical) and have 20/20 corrected vision.

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Q: Do you need to fly an airplane first, to fly helicopters?
A: No, you will begin your training in a helicopter from day one, flying airplanes is not a requirement.

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Q: What can I expect to be paid as a helicopter pilot?
A: Flight instructors make between $15 and $25 an hour starting pay. A helicopter pilot can expect to make between $35,000 and $45,000 in the first two years of employment. From there the salaries go up to $50,000 and $60,000 for mid-level jobs and upwards to over $100,000 for twin engine and high skill jobs such as corporate, news and logging. AOL Salary Center has information about median salaries for helicopter pilots.

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Q: Is there financing options available?
A: Higher Ground Helicopters does offer financing options. Depending upon OAC, students may have all training costs covered and payments deferred until completion of the program.

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Q: How long will it take me to finish my training?
A: That depends on the open availability of the individual and how well you retain the information. The student with a full time job will take on average between 14-24 months.

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Q: Why do you need 200 hours of helicopter time?
A: Our all inclusive program and increased education standard make up capable of producing a more competent and safe pilot. Unlike most schools we hold our students to a 90% education standard, which is 20% higher than the regulated FAA minimum.

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Q: Can anyone become a helicopter pilot?
A: Anyone with good health, correctable vision to 20/20 (glasses and contacts are permitted) and those who have dedication, motivation and passion for aviation will go far in the industry.

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Q: What kind of helicopter careers are available?
A: Helicopter pilot careers
-Law Enforcement
-Fire Fighting
-Drug Abatement
-Charters and Tours
-Search and Rescue
-Air Taxi Service
-Air Ambulance/EMS
-Corporate VIP Transport
-Offshore Oil Rig Support
-Aerial Photography/ Surveillance
-Electronic News Gathering
-External Load/ Heavy Lifting
-Agriculture Support
-Logging Operations
-Certified Flight Instructor

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