Learn from a helicopter instructor with over 20 years experience (CFII-H & CFII-A)
Jazz Pilot’s chief pilot/instructor Randy Waldman gives helicopter lessons for beginners and beyond, including up to advanced instructor, instrument rating, ATP and turbine transitions. The helicopters that are currently available are the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Hughes 269 (Schweizer 300), Robinson R22, and Robinson R44. Instruction can also given in your privately owned aircraft, such as the Bell 407, OH 58, Bell 47, Hiller 12C, Alouette 2, Alouette 3, Enstrom, MD500, MD520N, MD600N, EC120, EC130, Astar AS350 and others.
Flying a helicopter is an exhilarating and almost magical experience. The art of hovering a helicopter has been equated to trying to balance on a beach ball in water. Learning to fly a helicopter is a very intense and personal experience, but can be one of the most fun and liberating experiences you can imagine, once the connection between your brain and your body (the muscle memory) all begins to come together and work as a unit. With proper instruction, you can achieve your goal at JazzPilot Helicopter Training.
Whether your goal is strictly as a hobby, or working towards a career in aviation, my reward as a helicopter instructor is to see someone go from taking their first baby steps, to flying like a confident, seasoned pro, with safety always a priority.
Everyone learns at a different pace, and absorbs information in different ways. I like to find what works with each individual and build on it. When I dedicate my time to someone, we set a goal and accomplish it.
There are numerous different rotorcraft helicopter pilot ratings you can earn and add to your rotorcraft license: Private, Commercial, Instrument, Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), and Certified Instrument Instructor (CFII), ATP which is Airline Transport Pilot rating. You can also take a helicopter turbine transition course, which can teach you the intricacies of flying a turbine (jet) powered versus a piston (automobile type) engine aircraft. For an example, see our video of the Astar AS350 startup.
There are many different types of helicopters that you can fly and train in, such as the Hughes 269, Schweizer 300, Robinson R22, Robinson R44, Bell 47, Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Hiller 12C, Enstrom, Bell OH-58, Alouette 2, Alouette 3, Bell 407, MD 500, 520N, 600N, EC 120, EC 130, Brantly, Sikorski, Agusta and others. Deciding which one to fly usually depends on budget, availablity, size and comfort.
If you already have experience with piston aircraft and want to take your training to the next level with turbine aircraft, check out our TURBINE HELICOPTER TRAINING PAGE, but for helicopter training for beginners don’t hesitate to get in touch. You’re in the right place!