Costs Involved in Learning to Fly Helicopters


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Make sure you get along with your instructor – you’ll be spending a lot of one-on-one time together. Image by Helen Krasner

Free Flight Training? Research, and Enjoy

It is occasionally possible to obtain free flight training in exchange for washing aircraft, work around the airfield, or becoming a radio operator at a small airfield – although barter is far less frequent than was the case in former times.

It is worth doing some research in advance to find the most economical helicopter school, but you should remember that the basic cost is not everything. It is far more important that you like the school set-up and will be able to have an instructor you get on well with. This can make a significant difference in terms of the number of hours it will take you to learn to fly – and therefore the total cost. If you’re not sure which school to go with, consider taking a trial flight lesson.

Finally, make sure you enjoy the flying course! Don’t agonise over every extra hour, or worry if it takes you longer than you thought it would. After all, when you have your license, you will want to continue flying – and you will have to pay for this. There is not much difference. So look on it as a part of your life from now on, and have fun!

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