Learning to fly a helicopter can be the most rewarding experience in the world. The Instructors at Independent Helicopters not only teach you the basics of flight, but also teach you the nuances that only an experienced pilot can convey. Basic flight skills to emergency maneuvers are covered in depth and focused on in ground training, simulator, and in the helicopter itself.

As part of our training program, students learn some basic flight skills and emergency maneuvers in our Frasca Flight Simulator. Simulator time is great practice, and can help hone skills on the ground before taking to the air. To learn more about the simulator, visit the Frasca Flight Simulator page.

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For flight school information and pricing while our site is being re-constructed, please e-mail us, or call one of our locations. We would be happy to discuss your future as a pilot.

If you are looking to be a career helicopter pilot, or just have a little fun this is the place where you start. Pilots with a private helicopter license are allowed to carry passengers, yet they are not allowed to charge for flight services, or work as a pilot for hire. There is no previous experience required. To learn more, please visit the Private Pilot license page.

As fun as is it to fly, A private helicopter license does not allow you to receive compensation for your skills as a helicopter pilot. A commercial helicopter license grants a pilot the right to carry cargo or passengers for compensation or for hire. The FAA standards of required knowledge and flight experience are much higher for a commercial helicopter license and focus not only on knowledge, but also building solo flight time. To learn more, please visit the Commercial Pilot License Page.

Many employers have added the Instrument Flight Rating certificate as a requirement. Instrument flight training teaches students the skills necessary to fly a helicopter under conditions of restricted visibility, utilizing only instruments and communication with air traffic control for navigation. Instrument Flight Rating Page.

Almost every professional helicopter pilot working today has spent time as, or still works as a flight instructor (CFI). The hallmark of success in any career is experience, and training other helicopter pilots is the best way to assure your hours are spent solidifying practices that will make you a better pilot.  CFI License Page.
The Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument Rating allows you to teach students that desire an instrument rating. It is the next logical step in building your credentials as a helicopter flight instructor. Holding a CFII certificate gives you more opportunity to gain experience while teaching, preparing you for future career positions. For more detailed information, please visit the CFII page.
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The ATP rating is the highest rating one can possess for rotary flight. Aircraft over 12,500 lbs. will require an additional type rating certificate. ATP Certificate Page.

Our students are welcome to purchase the books necessary to complete their training in the pilot shop, however for those that prefer to use a PDF on digital devices, we have provided a list of resources and reading materials.

FAA Helicopter flying handbook.
Robinson R-22 Pilots operating handbook.
Robinson R-44 Pilots operating handbook.

FAA Scholarship & Grant List.
Other Scholarships.


As featured on FAA Flight Schools.