Forest Air Helicopters training school offers Private and Commercial flight training as well as aircraft differences training and other ratings. Our instructors are not only dedicated to excellence in flight training, but are also working charter and utility pilots, so you get the benefits of training that is backed by real world pilot knowledge and experience. Our busy operation allows students to be immersed in the day to day operations of a working helicopter company. This unique blend of training school and real operating environments leads to a more immersive aviation experience for our students.

 

Private Licence:

A private pilot’s licence allows you to fly for your own fun and enjoyment. You cannot make money off your flying when you have a private licence. But you can still carry passengers and fly your helicopter almost anywhere you like.

What do I need?

  • A PPL licence consists of a minimum of 40* hours of flying.
  • You must be at least 17 years old when you sit the flight test.
  • You will be required to pass an English language assessment.
  • You will need to pass the CASA PPL(H) exam that covers all the theory subjects.
  • You must pass a class 2 aviation medical.

*This is a minimum only, most people will require more flight time to meet the required standards.

What does it cost?

The cost is $525 + gst per flight hour.

Additional costs are involved in the exam, medical, flight test and other incidentals.

When can I start?

Right now! Give us a call on 1300 731 450 or contact us

Commercial Licence:

A commercial licence is required if you want to have a career as a helicopter pilot. A commercial licence will allow you to fly a helicopter as a pilot and get paid for it. There are many different aspects to helicopter operations in Australia. Power line inspections, mustering, charter, offshore transfers, and aerial crane to name a few and they all require you to have a commercial licence.

 What do I need?

  • A CPL licence consists of a minimum of 105* hours of flying.
  • You must be at least 18 years old when you sit the flight test.
  • You will be required to pass an English language assessment.
  • You will need to pass the 7 CASA CPL(H) exams that cover all the theory subjects.
  • You must pass a class 1 aviation medical.

*As the rules currently exist, the 105 hour course will only be available for students who can sit and pass a flight test on or before 31 August 2018. It is expected that this will change in the future to allow students sitting their flight tests beyond this date to do the 105 hour course or something similar. Currently students sitting a flight test after 31 August 2018 will need to do a 150 hour course.

What does it cost?

The cost is $525 per flight hour.

Additional costs are involved in the exams, medical, flight test and other incidentals.

When can I start?

Right now! Give us a call on 1300 731 450 or contact us.

 

Trial Introductory Flight

Come in for a trial flight. A trial introductory flight (TIF) is the perfect way to make sure this is really the career for you. A trial flight is just like a mini flight lesson. It includes a full pre-flight briefing on the effects of controls in the helicopter as well as relevant safety info and we will answer any questions you might have.

Then we take to the sky for a full 30 mins flying in our training area where you get to take the controls and have a go! If you’re not sure if flying is for you, then a TIF is a great way to experience the thrill with no commitment. They also make great gifts.

Call us today to arrange your trial flight experience. Only $299! Give us a call on 1300 731 450 or contact us.

 

Theory:

Learning to fly involves study and passing exams. There is just no getting around it. The private pilot’s licence theory exam is a single exam covering all the subject areas. The commercial pilots licence theory consists of seven exams each covering a separate subject area. The subject areas are; Air Law, Aerodynamics, Human Factors, General Aeronautical Knowledge, Operations and Planning, Navigation, and Meteorology.

Forest Air Helicopters is not currently running theory classes. While we can assist students who choose to self-study. We recommend students wanting to do full time theory classes talk to us about courses that are available in their area.

 

Why Choose Forest Air Helicopters?

Experience: We have been a working helicopter company since 2005. Our Chief Pilot and CEO, John Murray, has 44 years of flying under his belt and combined our team has 70+ years and over 27,000 flight hours. Our business is diverse, with expertise in many different areas of helicopter operations. Because our instructors are also working charter and utility pilots, your training comes with real world backing and experience.

Engineering on Site: Forest Air also includes Forest Air Maintenance Engineering, providing in house engineering services for our fleet. There is no better way to learn about the inner workings of a helicopter than seeing one in pieces for an overhaul.

Our Training Environment: The physical training environment in our region is unique in Australia. Within 40 minutes of leaving the base we can be up in the snow at over 5,500ft for some tricky mountain flying and altitude landings, or out in the flat west for some challenging navigation practice. The large amounts of uncontrolled airspace with diverse terrain results in training experiences that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the country. Albury airport allows practice with controlled airspace and working in and around regular public transport and other air traffic.

Life Style: Most of the Helicopter training schools in Australia are located in the big cities. It’s expensive to live and expensive to commute. Albury/Wodonga and the surrounding area offers a unique and affordable lifestyle while you undertake your training. Fancy some snowboarding or skiing? Falls Creek ski resort is close by.   

 

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