Frequently Asked Questions

Pilot FAQs
Joyflight & Charter FAQs
    1. How long has Australian Helicopter Pilot School been operating?
    2. Why is it important to train with an established flight school?
    3. What type of helicopter pilot licence do I need?
    4. How long does it take to learn to fly a helicopter?
    5. How can I find out if becoming a helicopter pilot is for me?
    6. Do you have accommodation available at your training schools?
    7. Do I have to pay the full price of my flight training upfront?
    8. Can I train full-time?
    9. Can I fly at night once I have my helicopter pilot licence?
    10. I live a fair distance from your schools and can’t travel. Can I train on my property or at an airfield close by?
    11. If I decide I don’t like flying, can I receive a refund?
    12. Once I am a qualified helicopter pilot, what are my employment prospects?
    13. Are there any age restrictions?
    14. What are the medical requirements for becoming a helicopter pilot?
    15. If the engine in a helicopter stops, will it just drop out of the sky?

    Answers

    1. How long has Australian Helicopter Pilot School been operating?

      Australian Helicopter Pilot School has been in business for over 30 years and has trained more than 800 Students. Chief Flying Instructor and Chief Pilot Bill Miller has over 11,000 hours of instructional helicopter flight experience and over 4,000 hours of commercial flight experience.

    2. Why is it important to train with an established flight school?

      Completing your flight training with an established school like Australian Helicopter Pilot School means you will have access to an extensive fleet and highly-experienced flight instructors. It also gives you peace of mind that your qualifications will be recognised in the industry.

    3. What type of helicopter pilot licence do I need?

      A Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPL(H)) qualifies you to work as a helicopter pilot anywhere in Australia, while a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence (PPL(H)) allows you to enjoy flying helicopters for leisure, so you can take on passengers for no financial reward.

    4. How long does it take to learn to fly a helicopter?

      To attain a helicopter pilot licence, part-time students generally undertake approximately one to two hours of instruction per week. Full-time students can undertake up to three hours per day of flight instruction, after an initial qualifying period. The flight time required to obtain your licence is determined by your instructor and dependent on the time it takes you to reach the standards required by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

    5. How can I find out if becoming a helicopter pilot is for me?

      A Trial Introductory Flight is the best way to discover whether you are suited to a career as a professional helicopter pilot. You will be guided by one of our experienced flight instructors and experience the exhilaration of handling the controls mid-air as a taste of what it’s like to train for a helicopter pilot licence.

    6. Do you have accommodation available at your training schools?

      Our Central West school offers in-house accommodation, while our Queensland and Bankstown schools have motel-style accommodation nearby. Bankstown also has a caravan park close to the flight school.

    7. Do I have to pay the full price of my flight training upfront?

      No, various payment options are available.

    8. Can I train full-time?

      Yes, full-time students can undertake up to three hours per day of flight instruction after an initial qualifying period.

    9. Can I fly at night once I have my helicopter pilot licence?

      A night rating is available which requires a minimum of 10 hours flight time plus a practical flight test. This training must be in addition to the hours required for your helicopter pilot licence.

    10. I live a fair distance from your schools and can’t travel. Can I train on my property or at an airfield close by?

      Yes, Australian Helicopter Pilot School are one of the few flight schools that provide remote training facilities. To date, we have trained over 70 pilots at stations and private properties throughout Australia. To qualify for remote training, you need to be located further than 100 nautical miles from a registered training school’s fixed base operation.

    11. If I decide I don’t like flying, can I receive a refund?

      Yes, we will refund payments you have made within seven days, less any flying you have completed.

    12. Once I am a qualified helicopter pilot, what are my employment prospects?

      Due to the impressive reputation of Australian Helicopter Pilot School, many of our Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPL(H)) students go on to achieve incredible career goals, such as working with Childflight, Westpac Rescue, Bristows, CHC (Lloyds), NSW Police, rescue charters, film services, oil rig transfers and aerial surveying locally and internationally. There are a wide range of opportunities to turn your passion for flying into a successful career.

    13. Are there any age restrictions?

      You must be at least 16 years to obtain a Student Licence, at least 17 years to obtain a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence (PPL(H)) and at least 18 years to obtain a Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPL(H)).

    14. What are the medical requirements for becoming a helicopter pilot?

      A medical certificate from a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved doctor is required before you can begin your pilot training. You will require a Class 2 Medical Certificate for a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence (PPL(H)) and a Class 1 Medical Certificate for a Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence (CPL(H)). If you are reasonably healthy you should have no problems and we are happy to provide recommendations of CASA-approved doctors for your convenience.

    15. If the engine in a helicopter stops, will it just drop out of the sky?

      Helicopters have the ability to glide with the engine off. Gliding exercises are conducted in your flight training. Unlike fixed wing planes, helicopters can land safely with engine off in a confined area with no forward speed.

    1. How do I book my joyflight?
    2. What if the weather is bad?
    3. If my flight doesn’t go ahead or I need to cancel, can I get a refund?
    4. What days are joyflights available?
    5. What happens on the day of my flight?

    Answers

    1. How do I book my joyflight?

      You can book and pay online using our Epay system. Once your booking is complete, you will receive a confirmation email from us with details of your flight. We recommend booking online at least five days before your flight—any bookings with less than five days notice should be made by phone directly to the office of your closest training school.

      If you don’t have a credit or debit card to make an online booking, feel free to call us and make arrangements to pay by electronic funds transfer, cheque or money order.

    2. What if the weather is bad?

      Should weather be an issue, we will contact you before your flight, however you are welcome to ring our office before you leave home to confirm. Flights are still conducted in overcast conditions, light drizzle and light to medium winds where flight safety is not compromised. Should we cancel your flight for any reason we will do our very best to accommodate your availability when re-booking.

    3. If my flight doesn’t go ahead or I need to cancel, can I get a refund?

      If we have cancelled your flight due to operational reasons, you are entitled to a full refund less any credit card charges. If you have cancelled your flight with more than 48 hours notice you will receive a full refund less any credit card charges, however if less than 24 hours notice is given a cancellation fee comprising 50% of the flight cost is applicable.

    4. What days are joyflights available?

      Our scenic flights are usually conducted between 9am and 3pm each day. If you wish to fly outside these times, please contact us by phone to make a request.

    5. What happens on the day of my flight?

      Directions and a map to the heliport will be provided with your booking confirmation. You will need to bring your voucher with you and arrive 15 minutes before your booking time. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

      When you arrive, the relevant flight documents will be completed and each passenger will be weighed individually. A pre-flight safety briefing will then take place in and around the helicopter. Dangerous goods must not be carried on the flight and passengers may be required to carry a lifejacket supplied by us on their person, depending on the type of flight. This is merely a safety precaution. Once these requirements are completed, you are ready to take to the skies and enjoy your flight!

      Please refer to the terms and conditions of your flight before you book, particularly regarding vouchers that may be voided if you miss a booked flight time.