When looking at the financial expectations for flight school, it is important to understand that all of our programs are proficiency based. The FAA has minimums for both flight time and ground instruction that must be met. Whether those minimums are enough to demonstrate proficiency is completely up to the student based on how much they are willing to dedicate themselves to learning. In our course descriptions, both the FAA minimums are quoted as well as what time the average student achieves each rating in so as to have a realistic expectation of cost.

Robinson Helicopters have reasonably uniform operational costs that may vary slightly depending on where the school is located. Helicopter rates are wet, so there aren’t hidden fuel charges. There are no financial surprises with Alyeska Helicopters – all of our costs are outlined clearly for just that reason.

Flight training is a serious investment and we want you to have as much information as possible to assist you in making the right choice as you take this exciting step towards your future in aviation.

Flight Instruction Solo Flight Dual Instruction
R-22 Beta II $250.00 /hr $290.00 /hr
R-44 Raven I $495.00 /hr $545.00 /hr

Ground Instruction
$50-65 per hour depending on program

Tests Cost
Written $150.00
Flight $600.00
SFAR $400.00

Pricing Guidelines

Prices listed in this catalog are based upon actual flight time. Students will be billed for entire time block which includes ground instruction or flight instruction with pre and post flight inspections and briefings.

Please note that all prices are final and that Alyeska Helicopters does not charge fuel surcharges.

Financial Policies

Our flight instruction is offered on a pay-as-you-attend basis. Although we do not require up front deposits, the student may opt to place money down to use as an account toward lessons. Alyeska Helicopters will not refund these funds if the student is unable to complete their courses. However, these funds may be applied to future flights. We accept cash, local checks, VISA and MasterCard.


Alyeska Helicopters does not issue refunds for prior payment deposits and encourages a "pay as you go" system. If a refund is required due to weather cancellation or other causes, it will be subject to Alyeska Helicopters' discretion. Deposits may be applied to future flights or ground instruction.