Many of the students at Palm Beach Helicopters plan to continue training and become helicopter industry professionals. It is for this reason that Palm Beach Helicopters offers the Career Pilot Program. By combining several of the courses offered, PBH can offer a comprehensive training package to our career minded clients.
The key to obtaining employment in the helicopter industry today is understanding the requirements and needs of the operators. As an entry-level helicopter pilot, flight instruction is often the first step on the career path. On April 14, 1995, the FAA imposed a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR-73) requiring 200 hours of helicopter flight time in order to instruct in a Robinson R22/R44.
Since approximately 75 – 80% of the flight training facilities in the US operate the Robinson R22 / R44 as entry-level training aircraft, meeting the minimum requirements to work in this model of aircraft would only make sense. This would give you the greatest potential for employment upon completion of your training. In addition, the helicopter industry today is insurance driven. The insurance providers require operators to meet minimum pilot requirements with regard to hours, experience, and training. These requirements often match those set forth by the FAA SFAR-73.
When developing a plan of action to get you from no experience to that first helicopter job, you must take all of this into consideration. Palm Beach Helicopters offers four (4) plans in our Career Program. They are the Commercial Pilot, Pro Pilot, Pro Pilot Plus, and the Pro Pilot Supreme. Each course offers a different level of training to best meet the needs of the client. The prices for these courses includes the cost of enrollment fee, books, written exams, medical exam, examiner fees, ground instruction, and pre and post flight briefings.
Commercial Pilot Course: $57,516.50 Consists Of:
This course combines the private, Instrument and Commercial rating. A commercial rating allows you to legally work as a pilot however there are very few opportunities for employment at this level.
• 151.5 hours of flight time