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Rotary Training

Rotocraft / Helicopter Training is available through a partnership established between Artic's Air Academy, LLC and Castor Aviation, Ltd. , and meets or exceeds all standards mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 
Program training, instruction and equipment are maintained by Castor Aviation Ltd. and currently offer two (2) training options:
 
#1 - Private Pilot License
#2 - Commercial Pilot License
Both program outlines and fee structure appear below:
 
The first step in becoming a professional helicopter pilot is to obtain your private pilot certificate with rotorcraft rating.
#1) During the private pilot training you will receive:
 
  • 30 hours ground instruction covering: helicopter components, systems, instruments, basic aerodynamics; aviation weather, flight computer, weight-and balance, Aeronautical Information Manual; VFR Charts, navigational plotter, radio navigation, cross-country planning, human factors, FAA regulations, airports, heliports.
  • 30 hours dual flight instruction covering; basic procedures and flight maneuvers, pre-solo instruction, advanced maneuvers, night and cross-country flying, test preparation.
  • 10 hours solo flight covering; 7 hours local maneuvers, 3 hours cross-country maneuvers.

Cost break-down:

  • Dual Instruction: 30hr @ 280.00/hr ~~~~ $8400.00
  • Solo Flight: 10 hr @ 240.00/hr ~~~~~~~ $2400.00
  • Ground Instruction: 30 hr @ 40.00/hr ~~   $1200.00
  • Written Test: 1 @ 95.00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~   $95.00
  • Flight Test: FAA Examiner ~~~~~~~~~~~ $500.00
  • Flight time during test: 1 hr @ 240.00/hr ~~$240.00
  • Books and Supplies: Appox: 150.00 ~~~~~ $150.00

         TOTAL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $12,985.00

*** NOTE: All figures are estimates based on FAA minimum standards to receive your rating(s) and may vary depending on personal attitude and motivational levels.

#2) The Commercial Certificate will allow you to be a paid pilot with some restrictions.

  • You can give non-stop flight seeing tours as long as they remain within twenty five (25) miles of the point of origin
  • You can do agriculture seeding, spraying or pollination
  • Aerial Photography Flights
  • Bird Chasing
  • Banner Towing
  • Fire Fighting
  • Powerline and Pipeline Patrol
  • Limited Construction or Repair Work
  •  

During the commercial pilot training you will receive:

  • 20 hours ground instruction covering: applicable regulations, more in-depth look at all information obtained during private, advanced maneuver procedures.
  • 20 hours dual flight instruction covering: more advanced maneuvers, advanced emergency maneuvers.
  • 80 hours solo flight training covering: refining your piloting skills, building confidence as a Pilot In Command.
  • 10 hours instrument instruction in a fixed wing covering: VOR tracking, Holding patterns, lost com procedures, approach and departure procedures, charts.

Cost break-down:

  • Dual Instruction: 20hr @ 280.00/hr ~~~~~~~$5600.00
  • Solo Training: 80 hr @ 240.00/hr ~~~~~~~~$19200.00
  • Fixed Wing
  • Instrument Instruction: 10 hr @ 185.00/hr ~~ $1850.00
  • Ground Instruction: 20 hr @ 40.00/hr ~~~~~~ $800.00
  • Written Test: 1 @ 95.00 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $95.00
  • Flight Test: FAA Examiner ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $500.00
  • Flight time during test: 2 hr @ 240.00/hr ~~~~$480.00
  • Books and Supplies: Appox: 50.00 ~~~~~~~~~ $50.00
  • TOTAL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $28,575.00

*** NOTE: All figures are estimates based on FAA minimum standards to receive your rating(s) and may vary depending on personal attitude and motivational levels.

Advanced Training:
 
Contact Castor Aviation Ltd., directly to discuss advancing these skill sets, fee structure and scheduling: (907) 746-0673
 
Fixed Wing Add-On:
 
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) minimums mandate thirty (30) hours of flight time, twenty (20) hours dual instruction and ten (10) solo hours.
 
Some characteristics of "rotorcraft" flight are diametrically opposed to that of "fixed wing" and require a different mind-set. An add-on, can therefore be viewed as basically starting from the "novice" level in training.
 
Unless you are highly motivated and poses very acute motor skills, the average for this training is generally fifty (50) to sixty five (65) hours and varies with each individual.
 
The fee structure is comparable to that of the Private Pilot Training with Rotocraft Rating.
 

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Only a phone call away, (907) 746-2290 for that great helicopter experience.