How to become a helicopter pilot – Step by step guide
So you want to be a helicopter pilot, what now? What are the steps involved and when do I need to do them? Dont worry, we have created a handy easy-to-follow flow chart below which shows the various steps involved in reaching your goal. Your instuctor will be there at hand each step of the way to ensure your questions are answered. If you have any questions about the process then feel free to call us on (07) 3274 6666 or click here to email us.
Step 1: Do a trial introductory flight (TIF) with V² helicopters
The trial introductory flight is your chance to go for a fly with an instructor, take control of the helciopter and make sure it is something you really want to do. During the trial flight you will get hands on flying experience and the flight time will count towards your licence. Call us on (07) 3274 6666 to book your trial flight now. For more information on the trial flight CLICK HERE.
Step 2: Apply for an ARN (Aviation Reference Number)
Ok, so you’ve done the trial flight, you loved it and you still want to be a helicopter pilot! Of course you do! The next step is to get an Aviation reference number (ARN) which is FREE of charge. This is your unique aviation number (kind of like a drivers licence number). To get an ARN all you have to do is fill out this ARN form and post it to CASA at the following address: CLARC, CASA, GPO BOX 2005, Canberra, ACT, 2601. It should take no longer than one week to recieve your ARN back. If you dont have it after one week, call CASA and ask for it over the phone, the CASA telephone number is 1300 737 032.
Step 3: Apply for an ASIC
Once you have your ARN you will need to print out and complete the following form:Aviation Security Identity Card (ASIC) form. This form is quite in depth and require careful attention to detail. You are required to supply passport style photographs and these must be certified by a qualified person. Once you have filled in this form then bring it to the office here at V² Helicopters and we will check it before sending it to CASA for you.
Step 4: Medical Certificate
Before you begin your helicopter training we suggest that you obtain your medical certificate. For a private licence you must hold a Class 2 medical. For a commercial licence you must hold a Class 1 medical. The initial medical includes an eye exam and a blood test and all medicals must be performed by a registered DAME (Designated Aviation Medical Examiner) . To book your medical you can call flight one (situated next to V² Helicopters at Archerfield airport) on (07) 3123 7300. Alternatively, you can find a list of DAME’s HERE.
Step 5: Start your practical training!
Once you have sent off the ARN and ASIC forms you may begin your Helicopter training! To book your lessons all you have to do is either call in and arrange dates and times with an instructor or call our office on (07) 3274 6666. You may book as many lessons as you like; most people tend to book a regular slot which means that your progress is maintained. Your lessons will follow a precise syllabus with standards dictated by CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) and you will be taken through each step in detail. You may ask your instructor questions at any point throughout your training and you can learn at your own pace.
Step 6: Theory Training
For a private licence you must complete one theory examination. For a commercial licence you must complete seven theory examinations. You may complete these theory exam(s) at any time as long as they are passed before the date of your final flight test. We recommend that you complete the theory training in conjunction with the practical so that you can relate one to the other. This will help you to relate certain theory concepts to real life situations. We offer full time day theory courses and part time night theory courses, alternatively you may self study. The theory books you require are available to order from V² Helicopters, call us on (07) 3274 6666 to order a set.
Step 7: Pre-Solo Examinations
Before your first solo flight you must complete the following three examinations; Pre-Solo Exam, FROL (Flight Radio Operators Licence) Exam and an Aircraft Type Exam. These can be done in house at V² Helicopters. Before attempting these exams you will need to read and study the appropriate flight manual for the aircraft you are training in. You will also be required to study radio procedures and basic air law. Contact our office on (07) 3274 6666 for the relevant reading material.
Step 8: The Flight Test
Once your practical and theory training are complete, you will be ready for your flight test. The flight test will be conducted with a registered ATO (authorised testing officer) and will include both practical and theory assessment. The flight test usually lasts around half a day and will be conducted at V² Helicopters where you are familiar with the operational procedures. Upon successful completion of your flight test, you will be required to submit a form to CASA which will be provided by your instructor.
Step 9: Congratulations, you are now a qualified helicopter pilot!
Once you receive your licence through the mail, you are now a qualified pilot! You may now private hire a helicopter, or if you completed the commercial course you can now begin your career as a helicopter pilot! For information on finding a helicopter pilot job CLICK HERE.