A helicopter pilot’s first steps
Realise that dream! Don’t continue to just fantasise about flying helicopters.
JUST DO IT!
Have you gotten a taste for flying helicopters after a trial lesson, or would you like to know more about the complexity of helicopters? Would you like to accept the challenge of mastering this multi-faceted flying machine? Do yourself a favour, and please consider ordering the starter package!
What does it consist of?
Within five flying hours, and in a relaxed environment, you are taught the basics of flying helicopters.
You will receive a pilot’s log book that registers these flying hours, so that you are all lined up for the remainder of the PPL(H) course, should you decide to carry on learning to fly helicopters.
What does the starter package teach you?
Along with your experienced instructor, you will take five flying lessons. These lessons are geared towards teaching you a number of basic tricks that are essential for learning about flying helicopters.
The emphasis will be on working towards controlling the helicopter during a forward flight. Think about flying straight on, climb and going down, and of course, turning corners.
Moreover, it is important to learn how to hover. This is the process of keeping the helicopter still mid-air, just above the ground. Beginners regards this as one of the most difficult exercises.
What does the starter package look like in practical terms?
Over a period of 6 months, you can decide when you would like to plan in your flying lessons. All lessons do need to be completed within this time frame. However, if you would like to fly once, twice or thrice a week, that is up to you.
The instructor will take you through the basics of flying a helicopter, which is an oral training known as ‘the briefing’. Then you go on to put your acquired knowledge into practice alongside the instructor.
Once your flight instruction has been completed and you are safely back onto the ground, you will be de-briefed, along with a cup of tea or coffee.
The Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter
You will be flying a Robinson R44 helicopter.
This is a 4-persons helicopter. Internationally, this is the most popular helicopter- it is the sold the most.
You can book your lessons by telephone. We will plan you in and you are assigned a helicopter and an instructor. Of course, we are subject to the weather conditions, which is why HeliCentre Heli Academy reserves the right to reschedule the lesson, weather permitting, without mutual obligations. We will always discuss this with you.
Al our students need to be EASA registered, which is why we will need to see a valid form of identification prior to your first lesson.
Also, we adhere to the minimum age restriction of 16 years old, and a maximum body weight of 130 kg for flying the Robinson R44. We will fly from our air base at Lelystad Airport.