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11
Sep

10 Years in Business = 10% off for YOU!

To Celebrate 10 Years in Business, we’re giving YOU 10% OFF everything!!

Introduce someone to the magic of helicopter flight!

Discovery Flights and Tours purchased between September 14th and September 16th are all 10% off!

Fall Foliage is right around the corner and NOW is the perfect time to book that special experience!

Block Flight Time Sale!

Purchase 10 hours of flight time between September 14th and September 16th and receive one hour FREE!! (Save up to $550!)

This Promotion is only valid for purchases made from 9/14/18 – 9/16/18

Use Code 10YR

31
Jul

Veteran Flight Training Benefits

Independent Helicopters now has the Commercial and Instrument courses approved for VA education benefits, meaning you can apply your GI Bill® benefits to help pay for flight lessons.
We offer vocational flight training using the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and we are also partnered with Dutchess Community College to provide the flight training for their aviation degree program.  
 
The most advantageous way to use your benefits is through our partnership with Dutchess Community College. The integration of the colleges’ degree programs and Independent Helicopters flight training helps students progress to get an associate’s degree while completing your Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (if applicable).

This article is a first-hand account of a Veteran his GI Bill® benefits for flight training, check out this Rotorcraft Pro article. 

Vocational Flight Training (Direct Funding)

For veterans who don’t attend the degree program with Dutchess Community College, Independent Helicopters is approved for direct, limited funding for flight training under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® using the Vocational Flight Training option.

This is a maximum of $12,048.50 per academic year, but you need to have your Private Pilot Certificate first. This is separate from the way it works with the other program and does not include the BAH or allowance for books and supplies. You must contact Independent Helicopters prior to starting any training if you are planning to use your GI Bill® in this manner. All training must follow the FAR Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second-class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you won’t get reimbursement for your training.

Chapter 30/1606/1607 Montgomery GI Bill®

If you have the “old” Montgomery GI Bill®, you will come directly to Independent Helicopters. This GI Bill® reimburses you 60% (depending on your chapter of eligibility) of your eligible training costs after your Private Pilot Certificate. You have to pay for your Private Pilot Certificate on your own. The VA will reimburse you a percentage of the eligible costs for your instrument, and commercial training.

All training must follow the FAR Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second-class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you won’t get reimbursement for your training.

Contact us or your VA rep today to get started!
16
Jul

Join our Team!

Seeking a talented and positive helicopter flight instructor to join our team. 

We exist in an environment that is part ultra professional, part relaxed atmosphere. As a flight school we pride ourselves on producing good pilots and not just helping pilots pass a check ride. Students are our family, and respect is a key element of our work environment. A Positive, team oriented, forward thinking attitude is mandatory. Full time, variable schedule.

Minimum Requirements:

FAA Commercial Pilot Certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter rating
FAA CFI & CFII Certificate with rotorcraft-Helicopter rating
Minimum 200 hours
SFAR-73 endorsement to instruct in the Robinson R-22 and R-44
RHC Safety Course completed within the last 5 years
Proficient with windows operating system and MS office suite.
Flight weight of 180lbs or less preferred.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Basic and Advanced Helicopter Flight and ground instruction.
follow established curriculum under approved part 141 syllabus.
Assist in maintenance of training material.
Assist with office responsibilities, clerical and recruitment of students.
Assist with helicopter upkeep and all other tasks as necessary.

 

Send us your resume today via email: independenthelicopters@gmail.com

13
May

Annual Scholarship in Memory of Marius!

Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation

Marius Jumping
Marius taught hundreds and hundreds of people how to face their fears, how to embrace the moment and spread their wings. He was a teacher to all, not only in skydiving, but in so many areas of life, touching lives and hearts across the globe. This fund will grant a scholarship to an individual between the ages of 17-33 who is enrolled in an aviation program for flight or maintenance. Click here to download the application.  Deadline is June 1st!

Marius Ivascu Aviation Foundation

16
Apr

Upcoming Events!

April marks the beginning of our event season here at Independent Helicopters!

Our first event is April 21st at the Schenectady Airport from 10a-3p, check out the Thiers Fly-In!

Our second event in April is our annual 5K on the Runway at Stewart International Airport!  We are very excited to be running on the runway again at Stewart!  We are the only ones to run on the runway here and what a privilege it is!  Can’t wait to chase everyone with the helicopter!  Check out the 5K on the Runway for more information and to register before it’s too late!

See you in May for other exciting events (like Helicopter Paintball!)