1Why do you use the Robinson R22 and R44 for most of your training?
The R22 and R44 are still the industry standard helicopters for training, and almost all of the flight schools worldwide use them as their basic trainers. Robinson time is important in the early stages of your career - if you are a private pilot looking to hire you will always find a Robinson helicopter available somewhere, and if you move on to instructing you will almost certainly be instructing in Robinson helicopters
2My aim is to be a flight instructor to gain experience in the industry. What ratings is it important for me to gain?
You will find many more opportunities if you hold both a CFI and CFII, and if you have Robinson R44 time. You should aim to complete at least 25 hours of R44 time during your training so that you will be eligible to teach in them as per the FAA regulations
3Is the Instrument Rating (IR) really essential to a professional pilot?
It is not essential if you are interested in doing mainly VFR work in your career. If you plan to work offshore or in HEMS, for example, an IR is essential and you will not get hired without the rating. Also if you choose to instruct in the early part of your career, a CFII rating is very useful to increase your job opportunities, and you need an IR before you can progress to the CFII
4Does the school have FAA Part 141 approval?
Yes, the school has FAA Part 141 approval for the private pilot and commercial pilot certificates, holding Air Agency Certificate No. 6MBS191L
5Does the school have an EASA ATO approval?
Yes, the school has EASA Approved Training Organisation Approval, holding approval No. GBR.0310, for its locations in the UK and the US
6I already hold fixed wing licenses, can these licenses be converted to helicopter licenses?
Yes they can, we can offer you a conversion route to convert any fixed wing license or certificate into a helicopter license or certificate. We can offer you a conversion route to convert any ICAO fixed wing license into an FAA helicopter certificate or an EASA helicopter license
7Do I have to complete all of my training in one location - either in the US or the UK?
No, the school has approved training bases in the US and the UK, and students have complete flexibility in where they undertake part or all of their training. Training for FAA certificates and/or EASA licenses can be done at either of the school’s locations