Six steps to becoming a helicopter pilot

1. Start with the end in mind

Do you want to become a professional helicopter pilot?

There’s never been a more exciting time to become a pilot – with a growing demand for helicopter pilots worldwide. HeliSpeed Academy estimates that 255,000 new pilots will be needed over the next ten years and 50% of those pilots won’t have begun their helicopter training yet, so if you’re passionate about flying, now is the perfect time to learn!

We’ll sit down with you before you start your training and look at your end-goals, what type of pilot you want to be, and in what industry.

Do you want to fly for fun?

If you’re interested in a flying experience or learning a new skill, why not opt for a helicopter trial lesson or experience flight? The best way to get your first flying taster is to book a one-to-one 30-60 minute trial lesson with one of our real-world instructors.

So, whether you’ve always dreamed of flying a helicopter, or you’re interested in a career change – get in touch to book your first trial.

2. Explore our helicopter training courses

To help get you started, take a look at our training courses. If we don’t offer the course in-house, we’ll help to facilitate your training programme at the most appropriate helicopter training school. We’re a growing academy and so may be able to get ATO approved for the specific course you’re interested in!

3. Apply online

To submit your application, click ‘Apply‘ in the section of your preferred course.

4. Pass our assessment and selection process

After you’ve met the eligibility requirements of your preferred course, you’ll be invited to begin our assessment and selection process. This assessment typically consists of a computer-based aptitude test or a telephone interview.

5. Obtain a Class 1 medical certificate

Next, you’ll need to obtain a Class 1 Medical Certificate from a medical examiner. Your medical test will take up to 4 hours and will need to be approved by the relevant national aviation authority. In some cases, this can be secured at the time of your assessment. You can find more detailed information about all areas covered in the medical examination.

You can find more detailed information about all areas covered in the medical examination.

6. Arrange funds & book your course start date

While our fees at HeliSpeed Academy are competitively priced, offering unmatched value, we recognise that pilot training is a costly proposition. Training prices vary, depending on your chosen course.

You may wish to explore funding solutions and helicopter pilot student grants with one of our approved partners to alleviate the financial pressures of your training. To find out more about helicopter license costs and partnerships with independent organisations, please contact a HeliSpeed Academy Training Advisor.

Please note: HeliSpeed Academy is not a registered Financial Service Advisor (FSA). We are unable to provide professional advice, financial guidance or comments on questions related to lender financing options.

Becoming a Helicopter Pilot