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Helicopter Flight Training
Pay As You Go:
We offer a pay as you go pilot program if you are just interested in obtaining helicopter training.
Start Now with an Introductory Flight:
We offer discovery flights to find out if this is something you would love doing or as a gift for someone who has always wanted to fly a helicopter. Price includes ground school time and actual air time in Helicopter with you taking controls.
Taking an introductory flight is an incredible experience. We want you to get the feeling for how exciting being a helicopter pilot is and to get a good sense of the challenge that is in store. One of Austin Helicopter’s Certified Flight Instructors will go over how the helicopter works and how to control it. Then you and the Flight Instructor will take off. Over the course of the next half hour you will experience takeoffs, straight and level flight, hovering,landing and an amazing view. Not only will you land with a much more clear concept of what it means to be fly helicopters but will have flown one! We are available 7 days a week to take you for your first flight.
How to get started
Come and take an Introductory flight and see what becoming a pilot is all about. Next you will need to obtain a FAA Medical Certificate. We will refer you to an FAA Approved Medical Examiner in your area. Some of the areas they will test are: checking that your vision is correctable to 20/20, that you have good hearing and that you have no medical problems that would hinder your ability to safely pilot an aircraft. If you have specific questions or concerns feel free to contact us.
We are available to help you in arranging financing in order to help cover the cost of flight training. Most lending programs require that students have a cosigner for loan applications, decent credit standing, and 2 years of work history. We will help you walk through the lending process as well as offer you the opportunity to take advantage of Federal Financial Aid.
What kind of jobs are available for helicopter pilots?
Tours, Air Ambulance (EMS), Electronic News Gathering ( ENG), Agricultural, Search and Rescue, Fire Fighting, Wildlife and Game Counting and Capture, Aerial Photography, Heli Skiing, Corporate Charter, Off Shore Oil Support, Movies and Television, Seismic Oil Exploration, Logging, etc.
Why Choose Austin?
Our Pilots-In Austin, your Flight Instructors are employed by numerous commercial helicopter companies including US Helicopters Incorporated, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, PHI and Air Logistics. This means that you are being trained by pilots who have been through intensive training and have flown with some of the industries best pilots. They then bring that experience and knowledge back to you.
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Austin pilots have a wealth of real-world experience to help you learn faster.
Ryan has seen a lot of action since he was born 26 years ago in Grandview, Texas. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2004, and during his four years of Honorable military service, he completed two tours of duty in Iraq as a Machine Gunner.After his Honorable discharge, Ryan wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with the rest of his life, but he did know one thing: he wanted to learn how to fly helicopters.
“I liked the idea of going to work and doing something different every day. Plus, I could not see myself chained to a desk. At least with flying helicopters, my office would be at about 2000 ft! Also, it is something that not a lot of people do and I like that.”
Ryan began his training in 2008 and never looked back. He’s since completed his Private, Commercial, and Certified Flight Instructor certificates and is the Assistant Chief for Austin flight school and Part 135 charter pilot.
Ryan graduated from Everglades University where he earned working his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. When he’s not flying, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family.
The roads of life can take you many different directions, my road took a drastic turn after my husband took me to a seminar. He was already a fixed-wing pilot and was interested in flying helicopters, as we listened to the seminar he leaned over and said “I can’t do this (he travels for his job) but you can”, and I happened to be thinking the exact same thing.Helicopters had always fascinated me but not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be a helicopter pilot and here I am 5 years later being paid to fly! So, if helicopters have ever fascinated you like they did me, go take a ride or even better take a discovery flight where you actually get to fly the helicopter. You never know where your road will take you!
Carrie’s helicopter career began in 2008 after an unexpected joyride in Alaska. With an ear-to-ear grin she stepped off the helicopter and said, “Now I know what I want to do with my life!” She began her training in 2011 while she continued to work as a firefighter for the Austin Fire Department. Now retired from firefighting, flying helicopters is her third and final career (she was an engineer before firefighting). She obtained her private, commercial and certified flight instructor certificates all through Alamo Helicopters, and is now thrilled to share the joy of flying and teaching helicopters with others!