Our fleet of well maintained helicopters offer safe and reliable training aircraft. We also offer pilot services, consulting, sales, primary and advanced training, and maintenance for helicopters. We are Michigan's premier helicopter flight school and can assist you in obtaining your helicopter pilots license. In addition, we offer helicopter air tours. Our multi-specialty facility and staff can fit all your Rotorcraft requirements.
At Michigan Helicopters, we expect every one of our staff instructors to provide their very best effort to cultivate each student they are tasked to teach. Our flight school management does not accept mediocrity as the standard. The flight instructors here are fully engaged in the success of our clients. Here at Michigan Helicopters, our instructors are engaged and passionate in providing quality education, as well as promoting safe aviation in our students. Our multiple locations listed below, are open 7 days a week, have an on-staff DPE and nearby off airport training facilities to allow our clients real world experience and training.
The Private Pilot Helicopter Rating is intended for those who want to fly helicopters for personal or business purposes and is also the first step for those who intend to go on to advanced helicopter ratings or who plan to become professional helicopter pilots. There are NO prior requirements. You can begin at any age, but you must be 16 years old to solo and 17 to graduate.
The Commercial Pilot Certificate is a necessary second step for those who aspire to become Professional Helicopter Pilots and / or Certified Flight Instructors. You must hold a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate before you can advance on the Helicopter Commercial Certificate and the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Rating, if you choose to become a Helicopter Flight Instructor.
The Helicopter Instrument Rating is intended for those who intend to go on to advanced helicopter ratings or who plan to become professional helicopter pilots. Many professional helicopter jobs now REQUIRE a helicopter instrument rating. This training allows you to fly without exterior visual references.
If you want to teach others how to fly helicopters, then this rating is the one for you. Molding our future generation of aviators is very important. Minimum requirements are a Commercial Pilot Helicopter Certificate with a Minimum of 150 Hours of Flight Time, Pass FAA Written "Fundamentals of Instruction" and Helicopter Flight Instructor Written "Knowledge Tests" Pass and pass the final FAA Oral and Practical Flight Test.
Your Instrument Instructor Rating (CFII) will allow you to teach other helicopter pilots to fly by reference to instruments, making you more employable as both an instructor and pilot.
This course is highly recommended for those individuals wishing to enter the corporate flying world. This is the highest certification level a helicopter pilot can achieve. The ATP Course is designed to give the student the aeronautical skill and experience necessary to meet the requirements of the ATP certificate and operate safely as an airline transport pilot.
Keeping your instrument currency is important to fly without visual references. During this check, you will perform Holding procedures and tasks,
instrument approaches, Unusual attitude recoveries and a general review of practical test standards.
This program introduces pilots to basic turbine knowledge academics. The curriculum can be tailored from a specific make and model turbine transition such as the R66 all the way up to larger single or multiengine turbine helicopters. Requirements: Hold a private pilot helicopter certificate. Course is: 2-3 days of ground school with 5 hours of dual flight instruction. Aircraft specific training include: AS365N, A109, BO105,EC120,EC130, EC135, R66, MD500
Operations, this course is available for all instrument pilots (corporate of EMS) that fly for a 135 operator. Our Night Vision Goggle (NVG) program is designed for Initial Certification or Recurrent training needs. The HNVGO consists of 8 hours of academics and 5 hours of flight training. The IIMC/CFIT program is a 1 day academic course analyzing statistics and human factors related to weather related accidents.
R22 / R44 SFAR73 Annual / Biannual Flight review or Aircraft Proficiency Check.
This training program allows rated pilots that have not flown recently to regain their certificate. The proficiency program is for rated pilots that are wanting supplemental training beyond their certificate to stay sharp at their skill level.
Only graduates of Michigan Helicopters can apply. The top tier candidates, once accepted, are placed in a rigorous training program which includes an operating experience phase which will emphasize direct experience over flight hours. This provides advanced training and guidance that results in career path acceleration while adding additional layers of safety. This approach provides for a reduction in flight hours traditionally required and replaces it with direct experience and evaluation.
LICENSING REQUIREMENTS AND COST OF TRAINING
For every level of license there are FAA minimum flight time requirements. In the case of the Private Pilot License the minimum hours are, for almost everyone, very unrealistic. The FAA requires that you have 40 hours of instruction for your Private License. However, 60-80 hours of dual is much more true to life and many take a little more.
All pilots, from student on, are required to pass an FAA structured medical exam provided by an FAA approved physician. In addition to normal, healthy body function, hearing and vision are also tested. No, you do not have to have perfect, uncorrected vision to be a pilot. But, your vision must be correctable with lenses to a relatively high level. Color perception is also important. For most people, the physical will not be a problem. However, certain, red flag areas do exist: history of drug abuse, psychological disorders, certain heart problems, and anything that may imply lapses in consciousness. If in doubt, contact an FAA approved physician and discuss your problem. Often, things can be resolved satisfactorily.
There will always be an industry need for helicopter pilots. Flying helicopters is exciting, challenging, empowering and just plain fun. But, like any worthwhile goal, the achievement of your helicopter pilot’s license(s) requires dedication, commitment, hard work, and, depending upon your financial condition, a level of sacrifice. All of our courses are tailored to each student and dependent on individual ability, over the course of 12-18 months, you can plan to invest approximately $85,000- $150,000 for your private pilot education. You can expect to spend $750/hour for flight time with an instructor, and solo time. Ground time is $95/hr. With that investment, we provide top of the line aircraft, talented maintenance technicians, experienced and friendly instructional staff, and a state of the art facility that has kept us as the highest rated helicopter flight academy in Michigan year after year.
A commercial helicopter license requires that the pilot have 150 total hours, minimum, and 100 PIC (Pilot in Command) time. PIC time is earned flying solo in the pursuit of your Private License and any time, after attaining your Private License, where you are acting as the pilot of the helicopter-even while receiving flight instruction.
Flight training, for all levels of license, requires both ground and flight training. There are a number of flight training schools around the world that provide this level of training. Helicopter flight training is expensive! Much more expensive than fixed wing (airplane) training. Why? Because helicopters are expensive machines to acquire and operate and insurance costs, already high, have risen steeply since 9/11/2001. Many find that flight training in the U.S. is somewhat less costly than training elsewhere, but numerous options exist. This page focuses on U.S. flight training.
PURSUING A CAREER AS A PILOT
Most introductory pilot jobs, require the pilot to have somewhere between 500 and 1000 hours piloting the helicopter, with most leaning towards the 2000 hour+ side. Working as a helicopter pilot can take you into many different industries, all over the world. Helicopter pilot opportunities include training, offshore support, fire fighting, law enforcement, agriculture, pipeline and utility support, sightseeing, executive transport, fishing, EMS (Emergency Medical Services), search and rescue, logging, test piloting, and more. It can be a rewarding and satisfying career path.
Getting your pilot's license can take as little as a year to two years depending upon how often you fly each week, and the number of times you fly each day. Others, pay as they can, taking longer to complete the process. There is no right way or wrong way to become a helicopter pilot and no penalty for taking longer to get there.
There are generally two paths to pursuing a career flying helicopters: the civilian path and a military career. If you’re thinking about the military option, please contact a recruiting office nearby and get the details from them. Read the small print carefully. Please realize, however, that as a military pilot, you are a military officer above all, with all of the attending duties, responsibilities and commitments first, and a pilot, second. This page will describe the civilian career path.
All professional helicopter pilots must at least be in possession of a Commercial Helicopter License. Nearly all, however, have also attained their Certificated Flight Instructor’s (CFI) credentials (for reasons that will soon become clear) and many have their instrument rating as well. So, how do you get there from here?
The typical license progression moves through Student, Private, Commercial, and CFI. Many will acquire their instrument rating between Private and Commercial. The instrument rating, though not mandatory for some jobs, is increasingly becoming either a significant benefit or requirement for many of the better jobs. It will also make you a better pilot.
TRAINING IN DETROIT HAS MANY BENEFITS
The busy city and its airspace allows us to practice challenging approaches and confined area landings. Michigan's weather is perfect for flying as cold weather allows for more lifting power. Oakland International Airport has a control tower allowing a net of safety from Air traffic control during training. During the winter months, the temperatures allow you to add cold weather training should you want to fly a job in Heli-skiing, Alaska Pipelines, etc. Flying in Michigan. We are open 7 days a week, have an on-staff DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) and nearby off-airport training facilities to allow our clients real world experience and training add real-world value to your training!
Off-site Training for all programs are available per customer request and extra cost.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM OUR TRAINING PROGRAMS
Book a discovery flight with us today and come find out what makes us the #1 flight school in the local area! This is your chance to see what it would be like to train with us and experience what it would feel like to be a pilot!
At Michigan Helicopters, we expect every one of our staff instructors to provide their very best effort to cultivate each student they are tasked to teach. Our flight school management does not accept mediocrity as the standard. The flight instructors here are fully engaged in the success of our clients. Here at Michigan Helicopters, our passion is providing quality education, engaged instructors as well as promoting the same in our students.
We teach honest aviation while always adapting and learning to our diverse student and client base. Instruction provided here is more than what you need to pass a test, its what you need to be a phenomenal, safe pilot. Success is NOT measured by the amount of flight hours. Instead, safe piloting, continued motivation, good aeronautical decision making, and representing helicopter aviation in a positive manner is how we view success.
We accept Military- MICHIGAN TUITION ASSISTANCE funds for helicopter training. NO GI BILL funds unfortunately.
Fly yourself with a well qualified Flight Instructor over the City, River, and downtown. Go home with your own Pilot Logbook, signed by your flight instructor! We employ the best of the best. When it comes to helicopter instruction, our aircraft, our instructors and our facility are the best in the nation. You get what you pay for. If you want to fly SAFE, well maintained aircraft, loaded with avionics, then come fly with us. If you want cheap, then we urge you to fly elsewhere.
Whether seeking a career as a professional helicopter pilot or pursuing a private helicopter pilot’s license, flying helicopters is like nothing else you have ever done or will ever do. And, it is never too late to begin. New people are entering the field every day-from their late teens to their 50s and older. And, it should go without saying-women pilots are every bit as welcome and have the same opportunities as men.
Our flight school will give you a training regimen carefully orchestrated and laid out rather than off the cuff training. We have a 100% accident free safety record, 100% pass rate, 24/7 maintenance capability, and quality instructional staff. We also provide on site consultation and aircraft acquisition. So when you are ready to join us up in the air, give us a call as our flights get booked up well in advance. Thank you for visiting and we hope to fly with you soon!
**Weight restrictions apply, total passenger weight must not exceed 800 lbs, Individual passenger weight must not exceed 300 lbs **All changes to reservations require seven (7) days advance notice to avoid any additional rescheduling costs. Any Participants or Individuals who have physical health conditions or concerns such as broken bones, pregnancy or other conditions which are considered to be unsafe may be ineligible to participate. All participants must have a valid photo ID (Passports, Drivers License, or State ID) Children accompanied by a Legal Guardian are not required to have a Photo I.D. unless they are 16 years of age or older. All helicopter flights may be cancelled by the Pilot due to high winds, heavy rain, fog, or other inclement weather conditions. The flight will be rescheduled at no additional costs if this occurs but there are no refunds.