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Why Learn How to Fly Helicopters

Helicopter Navigation:  Why Learn Helicopters | Costs | Private Pilot Helicopter | Commercial Pilot Helicopter | Glossary | Helicopter Lesson Guides | Helicopter Ground School SFAR73 | Accelerated IFR Rating | Flight Training for Veterans

The helicopter is the most versatile machine on the planet.  There is nothing more exciting than flying them.  The best answer is the testimony of those who have done it. 

"The greatest part of flying helicopters is the freedom of going anywhere I want at any time.   Traffic is never an issue." - James R

"I don't need a mile of runway.  I only need 20 feet of grass to take off from my back yard and land at my office."  Marcus T

"Flying an airplane is like looking at an oil painting through a window.  In a helicopter, when you're looking through the door that's not there, you know you're flying."  Todd W

"The scenery is beautiful, I'm not flying blind in clouds but at 500 feet you can see it all."  Hank D

"Its the coolest hobby on the planet and I'm part of only 6000 active helicopter pilots in the US."   Tim J

"Apple pie, baseball, and helicopters...."  Scott S

"I use this skill in my business, giving helicopter flights to my employees is a great motivator." John C

"Since I learned how to fly helicopters, my boss bought a helicopter.  We get a much better perspective on job sites than ever before.  We are now able to scout new properties which has created enough profit to pay for the helicopter."  Mark S

"We always have somewhere to go, and we see it like no one else can..."  Donald P

"My son did it as a hobby.  After I retired from my medical practice, I did it as a personal challenge."  Doctor T

Next:  How do I get a helicopter pilots license? >>

Helicopter Pilot Ground School

Why become a pilot?    Maybe you've been dreaming about it since you were little.  Maybe it's the ultimate challenge.  Maybe it's the confidence booster that can define your life… more

What it means to be a pilot   As a pilot, you'll join the ranks of those less bound by conventional limits on time, distance and personal freedom.   more

Frequently asked questions about getting started  If you're like millions of Americans, at some point in your life, perhaps when you were stuck in traffic and saw an airplane buzz overhead, you've thought, "I wonder what it takes to BE A PILOT?"  more

Further Reading-Learning to Fly
    Private Pilot Frequently Asked Questions
    Frequently asked questions about getting started

New Students:

     How to Save Money on your Flight Training
     My Teaching Beliefs
     Instruction Policies
     Pledge to Flight Students
     FAA Aviation Safety Program - additional aviation education opportunities
     Helicopter Rules That Differ From Airplane Rules

For further reading:

     New Commercial PTS - August 1, 2006
     Reading Library - Free educational articles

"Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science.  It was a miracle."
— Igo I. Sikorsky, 1889-1972, Father of the Helicopter.

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