I moved to San Diego 3 months ago with the intention of doing a discovery flight with Corporate Helicopters. I absolutely loved it and want to pursue learning to fly helicopters. My instructor Josh was amazing and has great techniques of teaching. He described concepts in the correct terminology but can easily convey to someone who is just learning and relate to other aspects in order for the student to understand what he is teaching. He was very positive and loves what he does. Corporate Helicopters is great, very nice and enthusiastic staff and is in a great location. I go there sometimes just to hang out and gaze at the helicopters. Thanks a lot Corporate Helicopters, I loved my experience and hope there will be more in the near future!
New regulations from the Veterans Benefits Administration require flight schools to have an annual GAAP accounting audit that will cost our flight school a large sum each year. Without this audit, they will terminate our VA renewal application.
Unfortunately, we are one of the first schools to be affected by the new regulations. All flight schools in the United States will have this same requirement upon their renewal date. Very few of them can afford this extensive audit that must be carried out by CPA’s and attorneys.
What can you do?
If you are a prospective VA student, we encourage you to contact your Congressman about this issue and ask them to remove this requirement or ask for it to be reduced to a more reasonable Certified Audit instead. You can also contact the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Phil Roe.
Keep in mind, the new regulations limit your choice in schools and you may have to move out of the state to use your benefits.
We are proud to have trained many veterans and we have hired some of our best veteran students after training them. We wish you the best of luck in pursuing your flying career.
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Information & qualification requirements
The GI Bill is an excellent way to earn your helicopter pilot’s license.
You’ve earned your benefits.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill may be used for vocational training.
Veterans who have opted to receive the Montgomery GI Bill may use those benefits for vocational training as well.
Read the information below, as well as the flight training information on the US Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information about benefits and flight training.
Contact us for more information.
Prior to enrolling, a student will need:
- A Private Pilot’s License
- A valid Second Class Medical Certificate
- Certificate of Eligibility of Benefits
- Apply and Enroll in the appropriate GI Bill program through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Note: The GI Bill does not specify any category/class of aircraft, therefore students can be enrolled directly into the Commercial & Instrument training programs. Fixed wing Private Pilot’s License suffices the VA requirement.
Post 9/11 GI Bill
Those who have served on active duty after September 11th, 2001 may be eligible for Chapter 33 benefits. The Post 9/11 GI Bill offers to pay the actual net costs for tuition and fees, or $10,970; whichever is less, per academic year. Any costs accrued over the approved amount will not be reimbursed. Since Corporate Helicopters is not associated with an institute of higher learning, veterans will not receive a housing allowance or the books and supplies stipend. Once the veteran elects to receive the Post 9/11 GI Bill they may not convert back to the Montgomery GI Bill. Initially, payments must initially be provided by the veteran. Once the appropriate forms are processed, the veteran will be reimbursed.
Montgomery GI Bill
Those who have not elected for Chapter 33 benefits and have paid the initial $1,200 may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits. The Montgomery GI Bill offers to pay 60% of approved charges for training. Under the MGIB, veterans are not eligible to receive a housing allowance or the books and supplies stipend. Payments must initially be provided by the veteran and once the appropriate forms are processed the veteran will be reimbursed.
If you wish to use your VA benefits to attend flight school, you should first apply or call the Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Customer Service Hotline at (888) 442-4551. After you complete the online steps, your Certificate of Eligibility will be mailed to you.
Currently, Corporate Helicopters is not associated with any institutes of higher learning or degree seeking programs.
I took the Introductory Helicopter Flight Lesson, and if possible I would have rated it 6 out of 5 stars. My instructor Will was awesome and despite the fact that I’ve never flown a real helicopter before I was fully in control of the helicopter within about 10 minutes! It was a HUGE amount of fun and was the best part of the trip to San Diego. If you’re thinking about giving this a try, stop thinking and just sign up right now! It’s absolutely worth it!
I did an introductory lesson with William today and it was spectacular. Good instruction, good equipment and can’t find a better setting than coastal San Diego.
I got my private pilots license here and am currently going through instrument and commercial instruction. If you want to fly helicopters this is the place to learn.
Took introductory class today. Thank you Corporate Helicopters for such a great experience. My instructor, Jose, was excellent. Patient, calm, clear and funny. A complete professional. I can’t wait for my next lesson!
I had the most amazing experience with my first introductory flight lesson today! Vince Carter was the pilot/instructor and even though I was feeling a little nervous, he made me feel very comfortable. I got a thorough introduction of the controls, how they maneuver the helicopters, and how sensitive they are. Thank you for an awesome experience!
My experience from initial enrollment to completion of my training, Corporate Helicopters has been nothing short of absolute excellence. The atmosphere and environment provided by the staff and CFI’s consistently maintained the utmost level of professionalism, always keeping safety a top priority. Lessons were concise and well integrated into the current publications for Helicopter/Rotorcraft Aviation. Corporate Helicopters provided me with a knowledge base and pilot skillset that when carried into my FAA Check Ride, my FAA Examiner (Robinson Helicopters Chief Test Pilot!) was inclined to comment that my Oral Exam was excellent, that I was in fact very well prepared, further stating that my Practical Test was of Commercial Pilot quality. He then complemented my CFI Bryan Pederson as well as Corporate Helicopters for producing an excellent addition to the General Aviation community. Bryan accompanied me to the Check Ride and while initially nervous of my CFI being present it was a confidence building experience, many of which Bryan has provided throughout my training. I highly recommend Corporate Helicopters for anyone seeking Flight Instruction.
“I have been coming to Corporate Helicopters for the past two months to earn my Private Pilot License. It has been a great experience from day one. They have great staff members and very experienced, knowledgeable pilots to train you and get you where you want to be. Their helicopters are very well maintained, which says a lot when you are going up in the air with them.”
“From my first intro flight, the flight instructors at Corporate Helicopters have been professional and extremely flexible to fit my training in between my busy travel schedule. They have continued to make flight training truly enjoyable.”
“Corporate Helicopters has given me the opportunity to receive a higher caliber of professional flight training in a great location that gives us experience in busy airspace and sunny days year round to keep training moving quickly. Their large fleet of well maintained air craft and knowledgeable friendly personnel make flight training at Corporate Helicopters a win-win situation.”
I was smiling for the entire flight, so much so that my face hurt… I was hooked immediately. I set out to earn my helicopter rating.
I want to send my sincerest thanks and gratitude to Ivor Shier, Garner Sheperd, and the Corporate Helicopters team. Their dedication and efforts, as well as their encouragement, helped me to fulfill my dream of flying helicopters!
I will always cherish the time I spent as a student at Corporate Helicopters, and would highly recommend them to anyone seeking an environment of professionalism, encouragement and dedication to achieving their goal of becoming a Commercial Helicopter Pilot.
I am thoroughly enjoying my first position as a pilot here at Helicopter Adventures in Myrtle Beach, SC. I hope that I will see everyone at Corporate again some time, and wish all of you success!