Have come into a little bit of money and I have just been made redundant. So I feel I have enough money to maybe start Helicopter Pilot Training.
I have some questions for all you Rotary Heads out there.
Q1 Is there an age restriction on whether I may train or not? I am 41.
Q2 It would be nice to get my PPL & then ttrain for my CPL so……is £25,000.00 enough to see me through.
Q3 How hard is it to make the jump from PPL to a CPL?
Q4 Is it hard to penetrate the commercial route as future employment?
Q5 In regards to Q4 what roles are there in the UK for someone with a CPL.
Q6 What is the ideal amount of hours required for someone to consider taking you on.
Q7 Is it easier to find a school that will take you right through from PPL to CPL to Instrucctor, if so where in counties above?
Q8 How Stringent is the Medicals?
Q9 What subjuects should I start getting my head into i.e I know theres Meteorology!
Q10 Any Chat forums for UK?
Thanks in advance
Q11 Also can you do say 10 hours in a Flight Simulator through a school and that count as logged hours, towards your 45 hours??
Most of the helicopter pilots on here are from the US, so you should try to find a flight school near you where they can give details that are applicable to the regulations and curriculum in your country. I will answer some of your questions as well as I can, but please check the details.
I don’t think £25,000 will be nearly enough. It is about $50,000 – $60,000 in USD, and the UK will be more expensive. This school shows their hourly rate as £290 per hour.
I don’t know if that is average or not, but it sounds about right. I believe the requirement in the UK is 155 hours: 155 x 290 = £44,950. This does not include books and materials, ground school, testing fees, instructor training, etc., etc.
I have no idea what the job requirements are in the UK. In the US, people typically work as a flight instructor to build flight experience. It usually takes 1000 hours to get an entry level job as anything but an instructor.
Your age shouldn’t be a problem. Check here for medical information:
The school will teach you everything you need to know. This FAQ has a list of the basic knowledge areas you will cover:
Flight School Listings
Check here for flight schools in your area. Do some shopping around and research before choosing a school.
Also, many people come to the US to take advantage of lower costs. Schools like the one below offer programs for European certification:
I don’t know of any that are in the UK, but check the following:
I hope this has been at least partially helpful. Again, it is difficult to answer some of your questions because the details will be different in each country. Good luck!