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Helicopter Flight Training in Lancaster, PA

Learning to Fly a Helicopter Is an Experience Like No Other!

Whether you are thinking about becoming a career pilot or flying for fun, one thing is sure, flying a helicopter will be like nothing you have done before!

Intro To Flight

Discovery Flight Lesson

Price: $139.00

Our most popular gift certificate option, the Discovery Flight lesson, is a great option when looking for fun things to do in Lancaster, PA and is composed of a 30 minute ground session and 30 minute flight lesson. This will give you a more in-depth option to see what learning to fly a helicopter all is about while experiencing Lancaster County like you never thought possible.

During the ground portion, learn to fly by going over the gauges of the helicopter and what each control is utilized for. Next, the certified flight instructor will walk you through your preflight checklist and, once completed, prepare to take flight! Your flight lesson continues as the instructor will teach you the maneuverable capability of the helicopter while taking off and climbing in altitude.

In the in flight portion of your flight training lesson, the instructor will demonstrate the pedals, cyclic, and collective. Next, you will have the opportunity to experience most flight conditions, including straight and level flight, turns, climbs and descents. Last but not least, you will be given your chance to hover! At the end of your flight lesson, you will be provided with your first logbook and have it signed off by your instructor pilot for the time you flew with us.

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Private Pilot TrainingCourse

Earn your private helicopter license to kick start your pilot career!

Price: $11,535.00
Ground Instruction $40.00/ hr as needed.

Learn to fly anywhere you want, take friends and family as passengers, or even fly at night when you earn your private helicopter license! Begin your private pilot journey with flight training from your friends here at Smoketown Helicopters in Lancaster, PA. We will be there with you every step of the way to make sure you gain the proper knowledge and understanding required to succeed. The FAA minimum hours required to obtain your private pilot license is 40, but the national average needed is between 55 and 60 hours. There will be three stages of your private pilot license training to best help you learn to fly.

Stage 1 will be pre solo flight training. In this stage of your flight lesson, you will gain all the training needed to solo the helicopter safely.

Stage 2 consists of cross county aviation training. During this portion of your flight training, you will gain knowledge of how to navigate long distances in your helicopter. You will get the chance to fly cross county flights with your instructor along with completing cross country flight solo.

Stage 3 is check ride preparation. To obtain you private helicopter license, you must pass a check ride with a designated pilot examiner (DPE). In stage 3, you will train towards meeting the published FAA standards that must be demonstrated on your official check ride.

Once all the standards are met, your check ride will be scheduled. The day you pass your check ride you will be granted your private pilot license immediately!

Private Pilot License Requirements:

  • Must be 16 years old to solo (must be 17 at time of practical test)
  • 40 Hours of Total Flight Time
  • 20 Hours of Dual Instruction
  • 10 Hours of Solo Flight
  • Complete a course of ground instruction with a CFI or an approved home study.
  • Pass a multiple choice FAA knowledge exam
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner
Private Pilot Course
Dual Instruction$8,100.00
Solo 10 hours$2,350.00
Books/Supplies$200.00
FAA Medical$100.00
Written Test$150.00
PPL Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
PPL Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$11,535.00
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Instrument Flight Training Course

Helicopter Instrument Flight Lessons

Price: $11,735.00
Ground Instruction $40.00/ hr as needed.

If you’re training towards being a professional helicopter pilot, an instrument rating will most likely be your next step after obtaining your private helicopter license. An instrument rating is a must have in the helicopter industry and a requirement to have for just about every helicopter pilot employer.

To begin your instrument training, you will start with the basics of learning to fly the helicopter in reference to your instruments. Flying the helicopter in reference to your instruments without looking outside is one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments you can complete in helicopter flight training. After the basics of controlling the helicopter under instruments, you will then move on to learn how to navigate under instruments. In the final stage of helicopter instrument training, you will learn to fly approaches. Approaches allow you to descend into an airport from cruise altitude to a lower height above the runway in which you can land your helicopter if you leave instrument conditions. An instrument rating is not only the next step for the career minded pilot, but is also great for the traditional private pilot that wants to improve their skills and challenge themselves.

Instrument rating requirements:

  • Must hold at least a Private Pilot Rotorcraft- Helicopter certificate
  • 50 hours of Cross Country flight time as Pilot-in-Command (10 hours in Helicopters)
  • 40 hours of actual or simulated instrument time (15 hours in Helicopters)
  • Pass a multiple choice knowledge exam
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner
Instrument Course
Dual IFR Instruction 40hrs$10,800.00
Books/Supplies$150.00
Written Test$150.00
Instrument Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
Instrument Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$11,735.00
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Commercial Pilot Course

Commercial Pilot Course

Price: $25,985.00
Ground Instruction $40/hr as needed

Gaining your commercial pilot license will allow you to work for hire as a helicopter pilot. You will be able to fly missions like tours and photo flights and get paid for your services. During your commercial training you will learn what it takes to become a professional helicopter pilot. You will learn how to safely carry out commercial operation flights throughout your flight lesson. While completing this training, you will take many of the maneuvers that your have already been exposed to and hone in your skills to higher standards in preparation for your commercial practical test. You will also gain the ground knowledge of commercial regulations that you must abide by as a commercial helicopter operator.

Commercial Pilot Requirements:

  • Must hold at least a Private Pilot certificate
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • 150 Hours of Total Flight Time
  • 100 hours in Powered Aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters
  • 100 hours of Pilot-In-Command flight time which includes at least 35 hours in helicopters; and 10 hour cross country in helicopters
  • 5 hours of instrument training in aircraft 20 hours of Dual Instruction, which includes at least 2 Hours day VFR cross country in a helicopter
  • 2 Hours night VFR cross country in a helicopter
  • 10 hours of Solo Flight in a helicopter which includes at least One cross country flight
  • 5 hours in night VFR conditions
  • Pass a multiple choice knowledge exam
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner
Commercial Course
Commercial Dual Instruction (20hrs)$5,400.00
Time Building Blocks (90hrs)$19,800.00
Commercial Written Test$150.00
Commercial Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
Commercial Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$25,985.00
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Certified Flight Instructor

Becoming a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

Price: $3,635.00
Ground Instruction $40/hr as needed

After obtaining your commercial pilot license, it is a great idea to get your certified flight instructor and certified instrument instructor ratings. To gain an entry job in the helicopter industry, you must build time to 1000 flight hours. While working as a flight instructor, you may log all of the hours that you fly while providing flight instructing. You will also get paid while building this time and experience. This is the most traditional route that most people build flight time up to the 1000 hour mark. Once the 1000 hour mark is reached, job opportunities are available in the Gulf of Mexico flying workers out to oil rigs, flying tours in turbine helicopters at the Grand Canyon or Alaska. After working in these jobs you can then move into EMS helicopter flying if desired. The gateway to all of these jobs is through gaining your CFI and CFII. There is no hour requirement to get your CFI or CFII and usually takes 10-15 hours of flight training each. In your training your will learn about the fundamentals of instruction. You will then learn how to build lesson plans and how to teach those lesson plans in a classroom setting. You will then learn to teach flying maneuvers in the helicopter from the left seat. You will also complete training in full down autorotation prior to the check ride.

CFI & CFII Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a commercial or ATP certificate
  • Pass a multiple choice knowledge exam
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Dual Instruction (10hrs)$2,700.00
FAA CFI Written Exam$150.00
FAA FOI Written Exam$150.00
Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$3,635.00
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Flight Training Lancaster PA

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)

Price: $3,485.00
Ground Instruction $40/hr as needed

After obtaining your commercial pilot license it is a great idea to get your certified flight instructor and certified instrument instructor ratings. To gain an entry job in the helicopter industry you must build time to 1000 flight hours. While working as a flight instructor you may log all of the hours that you fly while providing flight instructing. You will also get paid while building this time and experience. This is the most traditional route that most people build flight time up to the 1000 hour mark. Once the 1000 hour mark is reached job opportunities are available in the Gulf of Mexico flying workers out to oil rigs, flying tours in turbine helicopters at the Grand Canyon or Alaska. After working in these jobs you can then move into EMS helicopter flying if desired. The gateway to all of these jobs is through gaining your CFI and CFII. There is no hour requirement to get your CFI or CFII and usually takes 10-15 hours of flight training each. In your training your will learn about the fundamentals of instruction. You will then learn how to build lesson plans and how to teach those lesson plans in a classroom setting. You will then learn to teach flying maneuvers in the helicopter from the left seat. You will also complete training in full down autorotation prior to the check ride.

CFI & CFII Requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a commercial or ATP certificate
  • Pass a multiple choice knowledge exam
  • Pass a practical flight test and oral exam with an FAA Examiner
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)
Dual Instruction IFR (10hrs)$2,700.00
FAA CFII Written Exam$150.00
Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$3,485.00
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Professional Pilot Course

Professional Pilot Course

Price: $53,515.00
Ground Instruction $40/hr as needed

No Flight Time? No problem! Our Professional Pilot Course was designed just for you! This course equips individuals from student to career pilot. The course will get you to your first job as a Helicopter Pilot.

Professional Pilot Course
PPL Course$11,535.00
Instrument Course$11,735.00
Commercial Course w/ time building blocks$17,185.00
CFI Course$3,635.00
CFII Course$3,485.00
2nd Time Building Blocks$5,940.00
Total Cost Estimate$53,515.00
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Private Helicopter License

PPL Helicopter Add-on

Price: $8,485.00
Ground Instruction $40/hr as needed

Do you already hold your Airplane Pilot Rating? If so, this is the course for you! Our PPL Add-on equips already rated airplane pilots with the tools needed to obtain their helicopter add-on.

PPL Helicopter Add-on
Dual Instruction (20hrs)$5,400.00
Solo (10hrs)$2,350.00
Books/Supplies$100.00
Check Ride Aircraft Rental$235.00
Check Ride Examiner Fee$400.00
Total Cost Estimate$9,835.00
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Accelerated Private Pilot Helicopter Course

Accelerated Helicopter Flight Training

Price: Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment!

Accelerated Private Pilot Helicopter Training

Earn your Private Helicopter License in as little as 15 days! This course is intended for a self-motivated, driven individual that wishes to obtain their license in an aggressive manner. Aircraft and instructor availability is made a priority for the flight training student. Full days of training are mandatory for this course. Affordable housing and transportation can be provided as well.

Accelerated Commercial Pilot Helicopter Pilot Course

Obtain your commercial license from ZERO to COMMERCIAL PILOT in a little as 8 weeks. If you already have a rating we can customize the flight lesson and course to you and the course can be shortened.

Accelerated Instrument Pilot Helicopter Training

Obtain your instrument rating in 3 weeks or as quick as 15 days!

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Aircraft Rates and Flight Lessons

Aircraft Rates

Price: Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment!

R22
Dual Rate $295.00/hr
Dual Block Rate $270.00/hr
Solo$260.00/hr
Solo Block Rate$235.00/hr
TIME BUILDING BLOCK 30 HRS $220.00 must be flown in 60days w/CFI
R44
Dual Rate $485.00/hr
Dual Block Rate $460.00/hr
Solo$450.00/hr
Solo Block Rate$425.00/hr
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