Professional Helicopter Pilot Training

Educational Objective:

Alyeska Helicopters Professional Helicopter Pilot Training Program is is designed for individuals seeking a career as a professional helicopter pilot. This course brings the student from Private Pilot to CFII. The Flight Instructor Certificates give the pilot the ability to build the necessary flight time by instructing as most helicopter operators require additional hours for entry level employment opportunities.

Admission Requirements:

A student must be 18 years of age, hold a second class FAA Medical Certificate, and be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Length of Program:

This program runs approximately nine months to one year for full time students. Lengths of programs are based on a four day a week schedule.

Program Content:

  • 125 hours of Dual Flight Instruction (R-22/44)
  • 20 hours of Solo Flight
  • 105 hours of Ground Instruction

While it is an intimidating workload, you simply need to break it down and look at it one certificate at a time. This is a comprehensive overview of what you will achieve by going through all of our courses. For a more detailed understanding of what you are undertaking at each phase, refer to the individual programs below and click on the program name for further information.


You will take your first flight with your instructor and be introduced to the basic aerodynamics of flight and the various components of the helicopter as well as basic approach and departure procedures before moving onto your first solo flight. Aviation weather is an ongoing subject, but this is where the foundation for future lessons begins. After mastering the basic maneuvers, you will learn various advanced maneuvers and off-airport operating procedures. Towards the end of the program, you will learn how to prepare and then undertake a night flight.


To begin, you will gain a working knowledge of the function and use of the flight instrument components and systems. You will become familiar with various other types of instrument navigation and all documentation dealing with IFR flight including IFR and VFR charts. Heavy emphasis will be placed on weather factors and hazards in relation to instrument flying. You will be shown how to utilize and comprehend various weather publications and review previous maneuvers. Towards the end of this rating, you will plan and conduct a cross country IFR flight.


Everything that was touched upon in the Private course will be expanded upon. Various commercial pilot elements will be introduced and you will need to demonstrate response capabilities in simulated emergencies. Running commercial operations and their individual characteristics will be emphasized and you will conduct your solo night flight with VFR requirements.


Now that you have accumulated the necessary flight knowledge, you will switch seats and fly from the instructor’s position. You will demonstrate the capabilities of instructional flight for all maneuvers and the ability to evaluate a student’s flight skills. At this point, you will begin to learn the ins and outs of an instructor’s responsibility and conduct as well as various styles of teaching methods.


There will be more in depth instruction of the instrument panel and flying with the various other navigation techniques and maneuvers. You will need to demonstrate a substantial understanding of the airport environment and situational awareness.

Program Cost* FAA Minimum Average
Private License   $ 12,650.00   $ 24,050.00   
Commercial License   $ 38,475.00   $ 15,540.00**
Instrument Rating   $ 21,490.00   $ 26,700.00   
Certificated Flight Instructor   $ 10,610.00   $ 15,410.00   
Certificated Flight Instructor-Instrument   $ 10,135.00   $ 13,610.00   
PROGRAM TOTAL   $ 93,360.00   $ 95,310.00   

** Based on Part 61 after completing Private and Instrument Courses. 

This program is designed considering the 200 hour minimum requirement to teach in a Robinson Helicopter. Upon completion of this program, the student qualifies to work as a flight instructor in the Robinson R-22 and R-44 helicopters.

*Please see Rates and Financing for our hourly price breakdown.

Additional Notes:

  • Program cost of professional helicopter pilot training estimated, based on a minimum amount of hours required for this rating by the FAA.
  • The flight test fees are not paid from funds on account with Alyeska Helicopters. 
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