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Professional Helicopter Flight Training

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Helicopter and Airplane Flight Training @ ROTOR F/XWhether you want to fly for recreation, business or make it your profession, ROTOR F/X has an award winning flight training program designed just for you. Our expert and highly experienced  instructors will guide you through your training from complete beginner to professional career pilot with a focus on quality or training and safety of operations. Our range of programs and classes allow for training on your time and schedule with one on one attention all the way.

The industry is currently experiencing and ever growing shortage of professional pilots and this is an excellent time to consider this prestigious career.

Professional Career Instructors
Our high time CFII instructors have thousands of hours flight time with a 100% safety record and a 100% pass rate over the last 20 years. These are career instructors and our training is highly personalized one on one instruction (no group classrooms) and is individually structured around your needs and schedule. Although most flight training is done from Van Nuys, our instructors can come to you whether you are out of state or even overseas (TSA approval required for foreign students). You will not find a better training experience anywhere.

Safety and Aircraft
At ROTOR F/X our aircraft are meticulously maintained to the very highest standards by a professional team led by a factory trained 35 year career helicopter A&P and IA. Any issue, no matter how small, is immediately dealt with and publicly documented for all instructors and students to review. Our aircraft are hangared and detailed nightly so you'll always have a fresh, sparkling clean helicopter inside and out at your disposal. Flight training is a serious investment and you should have nothing but the best.

Facilities
Enjoy our spacious and modern facilities complete with class rooms, briefing stations, two FREE open access WiFi networks, flight simulators, lounge, aviation library with thousands of print and digital publications, kitchen and the friendliest and most encouraging atmosphere you'll experience anywhere. We are here to serve you and provide you the very best trainig experience possible. We maintain long business hours  seven days a week and encourage you to make the most of all the amenities we offer and spend as much time here as you like - think of it as your second home as we consider you part of our family.

Training Offered (TSA Approved for foreign students)Helicopter Flying Handbook

  • Recreational Pilot - Helicopter
  • Private Pilot - Helicopter
  • Helicopter Add-On to Fixed Wing
  • Commercial Pilot - Helicopter
  • Instrument Rating - Helicopter
  • Instrument Rotorcraft Add-on
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) - Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument (CFII) - Helicopter
  • External Load Training
  • Mountain Flying
  • Turbine Transition
  • FAA Foreign License Conversion

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Specialty Helicopter Flight Training Programs
In addition standard training classes we offer one of a kind specialty  programs for ultralight and experimental helicopter pilots not found anywhere else.   If you are the "drop everything else and get it done" type then see our unique Flight Speed™ immersion package. For the junior set from 13-19 years old sign up for one of our frequent three day camps and log the first hours towards your dream of a pilots license. See further information below for each of these.
  • Ultralight and Experimental Helicopter courses
  • Flight Speed™ Immersion courses
  • Junior Aviation Camp
  • Actors Workshop

Ultralight and Experimental Helicopter Flight Training Programs Mosquito Air Helicopter for sale @ ROTOR F/X
In addition to the helicopter training programs above ROTOR F/X has some unique offerings you will not find at any other helicopter flight school anywhere.  

  • Ultra-Light Helicopter Pilot - a unique program only at ROTOR F/X for ultralight builders and owners such as the Mosquito Air or XEL, 10 hours of concentrated dual "flight only" time. Although no pilot license is required for this category, professional flight training is dictated by necessity and common sense. Hours can count towards future ratings and is a minimum requirement from several manufacturers. International students very welcome!    FAA Part 103 Ultralight Regulations
  • Experimental Helicopter Pilot - an expanded Private Pilot course for experimental helicopter builders and owners including construction, setup, rigging, tracking, balancing and operator maintenance (dual and solo time may be performed in your own helicopter subject to our inspection and approval). Course is specific to your aircraft.

Helicopter Flight Simulator/Hover Trainer - a ROTOR F/X Exclusive  
Conquer hovering and ground maneuvering skills before investing in valuable dual time and then continue to enhance your technique as you progress through your training. The experience gained here could save you several thousand dollars off your total training cost and make you a much better pilot, all from the comfort of our hangar.

  • Helicopter Hover Trainer/Simulator - learn how to hover before taking your dual training - save valuable hours and substantial costs
  • Indoor training not susceptible to weather minimums or day/night restrictions
  • Excellent trainer for transitioning to single seat ultralight or experimental helicopters
  • a ROTOR F/X Exclusive - we have the only one in the world

Introductory Discovery Helicopter Flight LessonHelicopter Flight Training Lessons @ ROTOR F/X
Not sure if helicopter training or career is for you? We invite you to come for an orientation and an introductory flight where you will experience helicopter flight first hand. Your personal helicopter instructor will familiarize you with our helicopters and then take you on a flight where you will be given actual flight instruction. There is no better way to discover this amazing experience.

Once your flight is complete you will receive a certificate noting your first flight lesson and receive an official endorsement in your very own pilots log book to document the occasion. This is a real lesson and the time logged can be used towards obtaining your pilots license.  After the lesson you can discuss and explore further training or career options with your instructor.

The helicopter discovery flight also makes a great gift for the aviation enthusiast in your life - or yourself!

Discovery Helicopter Flight Lesson - includes helicopter, instructor, official pilot log book and lesson completion certificate. We can issue a gift certificate upon request if this is for someone other than yourself



Professional Helicopter Pilot Program I and IIHelicopter Flight Training Lessons @ ROTOR F/X
An All Inclusive Training Package up to Commercial, Instrument and CFI, and CFII


These all inclusive and comprehensive training programs will take you to the pinnacle of professional training and includes aircraft rental, flight instructor, ground school tuition, fuel and books and supplies. There are two levels to choose from, both with very substantial savings over incremental training. If you are planning on a career as a helicopter pilot this is your fastest track and very best value. We hire qualified graduates.

Professional Helicopter Pilot Program I Professional Helicopter Pilot Program II
Private Pilot Course (85 Flight Hours) Private Pilot Course (85 Flight Hours)

Commercial Pilot Course
(50 Flight Hours)

Commercial Pilot Course (50 Flight Hours)
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Pilot Course (60 Flight Hours)
  Certified Flight Instructor
  Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument 
   
Typical Incremental Training Cost: $62,300 Typical Incremental Training Cost: $79,125
PHPP I Package Cost: $55,000 PHPP II Package Cost: $70,000
Savings $7,300 Savings $9,125

* Assistance with booking local accommodations provided
Veterans may be eligible for partial or full tuition for professional training 


Flight Speed™ Immersion Training
This is not for everyone but if you have the time, determination and desire to "just do it" this method will get you your license in record time along with an extraordinary and rewarding experience. The itinerary is up to you but you'll leave from Van Nuys with your instructor and head out for any destination you choose - Dallas, Seattle, Omaha, Miami or even Bangor, Maine. Each day you'll fly several segments learning new skills and perfecting previous lessons. In between flights and in the evenings you'll hit the books covering all your knowledge requirements and ground school. Along the way you will be exposed to an unparalleled range of flight experiences that might otherwise take years to gather. By the time you return to Van Nuys you will have your license in hand and an adventure to last a lifetime. This is definitely the ultimate flight training experience!  

Junior Aviation Camp 
(for 13 - 19 year olds)
At ROTOR F/X we truly believe in the future. If the dream of flight is in your future and you are currently  between 13 and 19 then this three day camp will get you off to a great start towards that goal. You'll learn all about aviation, get all your questions answered and experience flight at the worlds busiest general aviation airport. You'll begin to fly a real helicopter with your FAA certified instructor and log real time towards your pilots license - your first log book is included. Other activities include a behind the scenes airport tour and even a chance to fly the latest in RC helicopters and airplanes. Lunch is included daily in this $495 package. Call for current dates and to book early as these camps are limited attendance an fill up fast.  
Actors Workshop

Spend two days with us to learn the ins and outs of aviation. Prepare yourself for that next opportunity that requires  aviation knowledge as a pilot or member of a flight crew. You'll show up at audition with the tools to convincingly portray your character and a log book to prove you've had exposure to real flight. Two day workshops are held on scheduled group class basis but if you already have the part we'll also provide a custom immersion course in practical theory, actual flight or both - even on location.
Foreign Students
Come and train in Los Angles where you will be immersed in an environment that will prepare you for any career path. Contact us for assistance with the application process for visas and training approval. Assistance is provided with local short or long term housing.

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Training Accommodations and HousingHelicopter Flight Training Lessons @ ROTOR F/XHelicopter Flight Training Lessons @ ROTOR F/X
We have arranged for a special rate for you at our very pilot friendly Air-Tel Plaza hotel and conventions center, conveniently situated right on the airport with a front row seat to the famous "16 Right" at Van Nuys. When booking just mention you are training at ROTOR F/X to get the discount. It couldn't be easier - if you arrive at LAX, collect your bags and step onto the concourse where a luxury coach comes by every 30-45 minutes. For $7.00 it will take you to Van Nuys Fly-Away terminal where you will be picked up by shuttle for the three block trip to the hotel. If you do want a car rental it is available at the hotel and can be arranged at booking time or on your arrival. You'll be picked up and returned to the hotel for each lesson. Enjoy your stay at the busiest GA airport on the planet and feel free to take in all the Los Angeles area has to offer. Airport and tower tours are available at the airport as well.

Financing and Educational Resources
Sallie Mae - Career Financing
Utah Valley University - Professional Pilot BS Degree  (online)



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Private Pilot - Helicopter
The Private Pilot License is for individuals who plan to fly for personal business and/or pleasure and not engage in work for compensation or hire.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for a Private Pilot Certificate, a person must:
  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, or have such operating limitations placed on his/her pilot certificate as are necessary for safety.
  • Hold at least a valid third-class medical certificate
  • Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Obtain a minimum of 40 flight hours

FAA Minimum--- 40 hours
Dual---20 hours
Solo---10 hours
Solo or dual---10 hours
Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)

FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
3rd class medical
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks
Immersion training completion time: 10 to 20 days


Private Pilot Add-On-Helicopter
If a pilot already holds a private fixed-wing license, and would like a private helicopter license, this is considered an additional aircraft rating, rotorcraft/helicopter. You are adding on to your existing pilot license. Pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken a FAA written exam, will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

FAA Minimum--- 30 hours
Dual---20 hours
Solo---10 hours
Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)

Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 3 to 6 weeks


Commercial Pilot- Helicopter

The Commercial License is for students planning to engage in pilot task for compensation or hire. The commercial training includes requirements in addition to the requirements for private pilot.

Eligibility requirements:

To be eligible for a Commercial Pilot Certificate, a person must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language, or have such operating limitations placed on his/her pilot certificate as are necessary for safety.
  • Hold at least a valid second-class medical certificate
  • Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Obtain a minimum of 150 flight hours

FAA Minimum---150 hours (private through commercial)
Dual---40 hours
Solo/PIC---110 hours
Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)

FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
2nd class medical
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 3 to 6 months


Commercial Add-On- Helicopter
If a pilot holds Private Fixed-Wing License, and wants a Commercial Helicopter License, this is considered an additional aircraft rating, rotorcraft/helicopter. You are adding to you Commercial Fixed-Wing Rating, pilots will not be required to take an additional written exam. International pilots who have never taken and FAA written exam, will be required to do so, or a restriction will be placed on their FAA license.

FAA Minimum---55 hours
Dual---20 hours
Solo---35 hours
Ground School (Approx. 10 hours)

Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks


Instrument Pilot- Helicopter
 Many employees, such as EMS (Emergency Medical Services) and Offshore oil Transport Operators require an Instrument Rating.

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for an Instrument Rating (helicopter) a person must:

  • Hold  a Private Helicopter Certificate
  • Have at least 50 hours of powered aircraft with other than a student pilot certificate. Each cross-country flight must have a landing point more than 50 nautical miles from the original departure point, and have at least 40 hours of instrument training.
  • Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination.

FAA Minimum---40 hours
Dual--- 40 hours
Ground School ( Approx. 20 hours)

FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 4 to 6 weeks


 Instrument Add-On- Helicopter

 FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for an Instrument Add-On (helicopter) a person must:

  • Hold  a Private Helicopter Certificate
  • Hold an Airplane Instrument Rating
  • Pass FAA oral and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of instrument helicopter instruction

FAA Minimum---15 hours
Dual--- 15 hours
Ground School ( Approx. 10 hours)

Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 1 to 3 weeks


 Certified Flight Instructor- Helicopter
 As a low time pilot, the best way to continue your education and burld flight time is to become a Certified Flight Instructor.

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for a Certified Flight Instructor Rating a person must:

  • Hold either a Commercial Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Pass A FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Obtain at least 3 hours of helicopter instruction and any necessary as to be proficient to pass the FAA flight examination.

FAA Minimum---3 hours
Dual--- Approx 10 hours
Ground School ( Approx. 15 hours)

Two part FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 3 to 5 weeks


Certified Flight Instructor Add-on- Helicopter

FAA Requirements

To be eligible for a CFI Add-on (Helicopter) a person must:

  • Hold either a Commercial Pilot Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate for Helicopter
  • Hold any other Category and class CFI rating
  • Pass FAA written, oral and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of helicopter instruction.

FAA Minimum---15 hours
Dual--- 15 hours
Ground School (Approx 10 hours)

FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 3 to 5 weeks


Professional Pilot- Helicopter
The Professional Pilot Course is an intensive training course for people who want to become a professional helicopter pilot. This course is highly recommended to get the most for your training dollars.  It allows an individual to meet the qualifications for an Instrument Rating, Flight Instructor Rating. For little additional cost and External Load Rating can be added.

Course includes:

  • 200 hours flight time -110 Dual, 90 Hours Solo
  • 70 hours ground school
  • Private Helicopter
  • Commercial Helicopter
  • Instrument Helicopter
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Certified Instrument Flight Instructor
  • Books & supplies
  • FAA Written Exams
  • FAA Examiner fees
  • FAA Flight test

Average course completion time: 8-12 months


CFI-Instrument- Helicopter
A Certified Flight Instructor for Instrument allows you to teach Instruments to students and better further your career, in addition to staying current on Instrument flying. Being a CFII also makes you more versatile and valuable to any perspective employer.

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for a CFI-Instrument (helicopter) a person must:

  • Hold a Commercial/Instrument Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Hold a CFI Helicopter Rating
  • Obtain at least 3 hours of helicopter instruction and any necessary as to be profiecient to pass the FAA flight examination

FAA Minimum---3 hours
Dual---Approx 10 hours
Ground School (Approx 6 hours)

FAA written exam

Books & supplies
FAA Examiner Fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 1 to 3 weeks


CFI-Instrument Add-on- Helicopter

FAA Requirements:

To be eligible for a CFI-Instrument Add-on (helicopter) a person must:

  • Hold a Commercial/Instrument Helicopter Certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a CFI Helicopter Rating
  • Pass a FAA written, oral, and flight examination
  • Obtain 15 hours of helicopter instruction

FAA Minimum---15 hours
Dual---15 hours
Ground School (Approx 10 hours)

FAA written exam
Books & supplies
FAA Examiner Fee
FAA flight test

Average course completion time: 1 to 3 weeks


External Load- Helicopter

To be eligible for External Load training a person must:

  • Hold at least a Private Helicopter Certificate
  • Logged at least 90 hours Rotorcraft Helicopter Flight time
  • Obtain 15 hours of helicopter external load instruction

FAA Minimum--- None
Dual---Approx 15 hours
Ground School (Approx 10 hours)

Books & Supplies
Ground Handling Crew

Average course completion time: 2 to 3 weeks


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