Student Testimonials

At Australian Helicopter Pilot School, we have enjoyed sharing our passion for flying for more than 30 years. Our students appreciate our professional approach and highly-qualified instructors, as well as the convenience of having access to three modern training schools throughout Australia.

Here’s what former students have to say about their pilot training experience with Australian Helicopter Pilot School.

Jason Moller - Freeman X, Learn To Fly Experience

It's was one of the best experiences I've ever had!


Tom Ridoutt

Completing my CPL with Bankstown Helicopters was the most exciting achievement in my life so far. The warm and friendly atmosphere helped me feel comfortable in an unfamiliar and sometimes daunting new environment. With plenty of motivated and knowledgeable instructors and numerous aircraft I never had a problem booking in lessons for the times that suited me and every lesson was a welcome challenge.

Bankstown Helicopters is a busy, vibrant and supportive school that gave me everything I needed to gain employment in my first flying job shortly after passing my flight test and I will always look back on my time there with fond memories.


Brett Dennis - EPS and Commercial Helicopter

I completed my CPL(h) at Bankstown Helicopters in 2003. I'm still in the industry and love it along with other colleagues of the same era who are all working in a variety of fields from Corporate work, Charter industry, Polair, offshore field and the utility sectors from PNG to New Zealand. I would recommend Bankstown Helicopters to anyone considering a career in the industry.


Dave Matthews - Quality Assurance Manager, The Helicopter Line

Back in December 2001 I ventured into Bankstown Helicopters with the aim of learning to fly helicopters. The reason I wished to learn to fly is so that I might have a chance at fulfilling my dream of working as a helicopter pilot in Queenstown, New Zealand. My dream was born as a result of going for a scenic flight in a twin-engined Squirrel, registration ZK-HMB, with The Helicopter Line during a holiday earlier in 2001. It was my first experience in a helicopter and I was hooked.

I am now a senior pilot with The Helicopter Line and the company’s Quality Assurance Manager. I realised my dream 7 years, 2 months and 18 days after setting the goal. I am about to nudge 4,000 flight hours, almost 700 of which have been amassed in ZK-HMB. It’s quite a nostalgic and sentimental treat to fly an aircraft in which your dream was born.

Having learned to fly at Bankstown Helicopters, I found myself working there initially as a charter pilot and then later as an instructor and senior instructor. My relationship with Bankstown Helicopters lasted 4 years, coming to an end only because I had to stretch myself the next step and pursue my dream of flying mountains in New Zealand.

I can recommend Bankstown Helicopters unconditionally. My experiences there as student, employee, pilot and instructor were absolutely terrific and provided me with the platform I needed to get on with my dream.

Bill Miller is a personal friend with whom I stay in regular contact. If you want to learn to fly helicopters, Bill will make sure you do so safely and practically. Even today, I still take many of Bill’s one-liners into the cabin when I fly….


Tom Ridoutt - Commercial Helicopter Pilot Hamilton Island Helicopters

Completing my CPL with Bankstown Helicopters was the most exciting achievement in my life so far. The warm and friendly atmosphere helped me feel comfortable in an unfamiliar and sometimes daunting new environment.

With plenty of motivated and knowledgeable instructors and numerous aircraft I never had a problem booking in lessons for the times that suited me and every lesson was a welcome challenge.

Bankstown Helicopters is a busy, vibrant and supportive school that gave me everything I needed to gain employment in my first flying job shortly after passing my flight test and I will always look back on my time there with fond memories.


Duncan Minto - Director, Explosives Manufacturing Services

From my early years I'd harboured a desire to fly, in particular helicopters - I find them fascinating. I got the chance to realise my dream a few years back and looked for a school. Bankstown Helicopters was the one I decided on.

My initial visit to their operation assured me that I had made the right decision. I was welcomed, and given sound, practical advise during the chat I had with some of the pilots. I signed up for an introductory flight, and have never looked back.

Every instructor I had during the time it took me to get my CPL was superb, each one of them bringing something over and above the basics of the training. The charter pilots also made the training environment rich with encouragement, helpful hints and camaraderie.

The theory part of the program appeared daunting, however there was never a shortage of willing helpers around Bankstown Helicopters - once again, plenty of advice and encouragement was at hand.

I realised the dream in a little under two years. Having obtained my CPL (H), my relationship with Bankstown Helicopters didn't come to an end, it moved to another phase. I am now continuing my involvement with the industry as a charter pilot at Bankstown Helicopters. As ever, the experience of the pilots is shared, ongoing learning provided and a safety conscious environment encourages prudent decisions. I have gained a number of good friends on this journey, one that will keep on for some time yet. I look forward to every day I spend at Bankstown, secure in the knowledge that I will enhance my flying knowledge in some way during the shift.

Perhaps the best testimonial I could give the school is to recommend it to my friends, something I have done numerous times."