Helicopter Pilot Training – Flight Schools, Helicopter Pilot Licenses And Federal Aviation Regulations (Far)

April 7, 2010

There are numerous ways to gain helicopter pilot training. Some methods include attending flight school, obtaining an undergraduate degree in aviation, gaining hands-on experience with an airline, or training as a helicopter pilot in the military. If you arent sure about what kind of training to choose, take a look at the following options.It is possible to gain pilot training through hands-on experience (as mentioned above). To do this, you will have to gain 40 hours of flight time, 20 hours of flight training, and 10 hours of solo training. In addition to this time spent in the sky with a licensed instructor, you will also have to have 3 hours of nigh flying, 3 hours of cross-country training, 3 takeoff and landing trips, ten hours of solo flight time, and 3 hours of flight time exercised 60 days before any formal testing.All of the above information pertains to section 61 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR). This section of the FAR is heavily dependent upon hands-on training, though formal training is also important. While this may seem like a simpler option than an extensive amount of formal training, gaining a license based upon FAR 61 is also incredibly time consuming. Then again, if you prefer to train through experience, then this type of training may be ideal for your learning style.141 training also includes a lot of hands-on experience, though this type of training requires enrolment in flight school. 141 training includes class work, specific courses, and a general scholastic type of atmosphere. The FAA must approve all class work that will be part of any 141 training program. Generally, 141 training will take 35 hours to complete, while section 61 training will take 40 hours to complete.If you have a lot of time to complete your helicopter licensing, then enrolling in a flight school in order to obtain 141 training is probably a better bet. However, 61 training can be just as worthwhile if you only want to gain hands-on experience. As with any other kind of academic course or training, the best way to determine the program thats right for you is to figure out what kind of student you are. Students who benefit from hands-on training may find 141 training lacking, while students who prefer a structured classroom environment will enjoy 141 training.Either way, some type of formal training is necessary in order to gain a helicopter pilot license. No matter what kind of pilot you want to become, make sure that you follow the necessary training steps. While each country differs according to the type of training that you will need, all countries require helicopter pilots to have valid training before attempting to fly a helicopter of any kind.Completing the helicopter pilot training and helicopter pilot licenses requirements opens the doors to some of the best, most fulfilling and lucrative careers available in today’s economy. Whether you wish to fly for fun, to support your own business or to serve another sector, becoming a helicopter pilot is one of the best ways to make it happen. Want to fly? You can! Becoming a helicopter pilot is attainable for nearly anyone – all you need is the proper drive and training!

Flight Training In East Africa/Kenya/Tanzania/Uganda And The Rising Costs For Training And Tough Regulations

March 7, 2010

East Africa  has  Soroti in Uganda as one of the latest and old pilot training schools followed by East Africa School of Aviation based in Kenya for ,Air Controllers  course, Flight Dispatch and operations course, Engineering ,Management courses in aviation. Kenya has emerged as one of the fastest pilot training area with Wilson Airport leading with over 5 flying schools and with the launching of Orly Airpark recently which will mainly provide private aircraft parking and training to decongest the Wilson Airport.

 For your pilot training course you are advised to engage a consultant in aviation. There are many schools in Kenya but some do not advice professionally but they are only after money and it might take you over 3 years to complete your flying hence need to engage a consultant who has the knowledge  and experience which school provides quality, effective and efficient service. The consultant will also assist you on a daily basis and engage the school on why they are not following the syllabus or taking too long for a certain course and this will put them on their toes to improve in there area of weakness. As a student is you complain there will be bad blood even lead to suspension and thus affecting you mentality which will ruin your career.

 1. Examination Fees and Other Charges hiked by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

 The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority propose to introduce a new “flight safety charge” of usd 2 per passenger on internal flights and kshs 50 on domestic flights. Stakeholders have warned repeatedly that it is better to collect one ‘commuted’ annual fee per aircraft rather than a little fee for each service. The annual fee for licenses are being virtually doubled, such as, Students Pilot License will go up from kshs 500 to kshs 1, 000, a CPL from kshs 2,700 to kshs 4,500, and a Type Rating from 900 to 2,000.

 Costs of sitting examinations are being tripled. In the PPL, Air law will increase from 500/- to 1,500/- , Navigation from 500/- to 1,500/- , etc. All CPL Subjects are proposed to go up from 1,100/- to 3,000/- each.

 Ethnic discrimination still remains a feature in conversion of CPLs “foreigners” will pay kshs 16,000/- for writing  a conversion paper of their  foreign CPL, while “Kenyans” pay only kshs 10,000/-.

 ATPL conversion exams will cost foreigners kshs 32,000/- whereas Kenyans will pay kshs 16,000/-. While we have these variations, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority is supposed to be reminded that ICAO regulations states that all aviation fees and charges must be the same for everybody, foreign or indigenous.

 There are consultants who can organize for ground classes for Engineers, Pilots for those who want to convert their licenses before they sit for the exams and it normally takes 4 weeks for South Africa & American trained students and for British 1month and 2 weeks in class to be able to pass the exams.

2. Uganda CAA Scuttles Student Training.

 The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has now instructed all the flying schools that no hours flown will be logged before having obtained the Student Pilots License. In Uganda the issuance of the Students Pilot License takes weeks and month with the loss of applications, the need for a separate “security” check and the obvious miscommunication and loss of documents possibilities between CAA and security body.

 The new Uganda Civil Aviation Regulations apparently require this and the CAA is now enforcing it and disallowing any flight time done by students during their interminable wait for the SPL.This means that before a school can start flying with a student, if he wants to log that time, then there will be a delay of unknown duration while the application is processed. This basically kills off flight training in Uganda for all but the very patient.

 Instructors feel that it certainly takes away any attraction of a trial lesson in that the student can no longer log this 30 minutes. And when all fired up and excited from the trial lesson they will now have to wait weeks or months to begin training .This will effectively reduce the number of people wanting to start training.

 Flight schools are now struggling for survival in Uganda, despite the fact that there is a good demand and the airlines are crying out for new Ugandan pilots.

 Though costs are being hiked for pilot training, it is also based on the value of the earnings after completion of the course. The highly paid pilot in general aviation first officer kshs,120,000=00  and airlines pay  lowest kshs 300,000=00 and thus no need of alarm when the costs rises.



King Schools Video: IFR Currency

April 10, 2009

Haven’t flown for a while? We could help! Everything you’d need to know about Instrument Currency you can learn from King Schools. Watch this clip to learn more. And click here to purchase this “IFR With Confidence – DVD” course www.kingschools.com For the complete King Schools selection, please visit www.kingschools.com

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