My experience from initial enrollment to completion of FAR Part 141 Private Pilot Helicopter Course, Robinson R-22 Beta 2, with 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.
The duration of your training will depend on how frequently you are able to fly and how much time you dedicate towards your studies. The FAA minimum requirement is 40 hours of flight training and 40 hours of ground school to qualify for your Private Pilot check ride, however these minimums are rarely met. You will need to keep training until you are proficient enough to pass your check ride. According to the national average, most students take 60-80 hours of flight time, and our students typically fall in that range as well. Flying part time, 3-5 hours a week, it will take 3-4 months to complete your Private Pilot training.
To meet FAA minimum requirements, your private license will cost $11,225. According to the times mentioned above, we have seen our students average between $12,000 and $16,000. You will save more money by flying frequently and remaining current on your flight training and ground school information.
We do accept various forms of financial aid including GI Bills and loans from certain banks. This works on an individual basis, so please verify with us before submitting your loan application. Contact any of our pilots for more information regarding GI Bills and applying them to your training.
View our GI Bill page for more information.
Yes! We are SEVP approved to issue foreign students an M1 visa for flight training. We have also expanded our facilities and staff to ensure the highest level of instruction is available for each student. Visit our foreign students page for more information regarding our SEVP program.
We offer an introductory helicopter flight lesson. This is the perfect opportunity to gain actual flight time and see whether or not you would like to pursue a future in aviation. This package includes 15 minutes of ground instruction and 45 minutes of flight time over the beautiful San Diego coastline!
Corporate Helicopters is very well connected within the helicopter industry. We have aided in the acquisition of jobs for many helicopter pilots, both students and staff. We pride ourselves on the level of training provided to all of our students, and encourage them to pursue their passion for aviation.
No. We operate out of Montgomery field airport, and our offices are not equipped with living facilities. We do have recommendations that are near to our facilities and are working on obtaining discounted pilot rates for these locations.
No! Corporate Helicopters only requires a fee of $2,500 to be placed on account in order to receive the block rate discount. Our block rate is $275 per hour in the Robinson R22 and is only available for students enrolled in our flight school, who maintain a minimum of $500 on account at all time.
No. You can learn to fly helicopters without any previous aviation experience or knowledge. We suggest an introductory flight to anyone considering becoming a pilot, it is a great way to experience the thrill of flight and determine if you would like to pursue a career in aviation.
Helicopters are extremely versatile and are used as a tool for Fire Fighting, Electronic News Gathering (ENG), Aerial Survey, Executive Transport, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Power line and Pipeline Patrol, Wild Life Protection, Aerial Crane, Sight Seeing Tours, Aerial Filming, Photography and more. Pilots tend to fly for multiple types of work throughout their extensive careers.
The FAA requires a student to be 17 years to receive a Private Pilots license. At Corporate Helicopters we require a student to be professional and mature and will not start a training program until the student reaches 18 years old.
- Vince Carter, Private Pilot
“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.”Daniel Mosquera, Flight Student
“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.”Dave Cloutier, Flight Student
“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.”Josh Young, Flight Student
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.Jim Hannemann
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!Greg Simons