Choose your helicopter: R-44 or R-22. Train in the helicopter that is the most widely used piston helicopter in the world. Choosing a Boston Massachusetts helicopter flight school for attaining your private pilot license should include the following phases of training.
The PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE begins the initial journey
of your helicopter training and will be your formal introduction to the world of flying.
This will also be the first step of your training to become a professional helicopter pilot.
All our instructors have the same expectation of their students, and ALL students train to become professionals.
At NAFA, we believe that this license is best divided into phases:
Phase I (pre-solo)
This important phase is designed to develop the solid foundation upon which you will build your
flying skills. We will train you to operate the helicopter in the safest manner possible and transfer
the skills necessary to safely and professionally operate the helicopter. You will learn the airport environment,
radio, and all the other operations to pilot the helicopter without the instructor. This phase ends with your first solo.
After you safely solo the helicopter, you will move on to phase II. Phase I also includes the ground instruction necessary
to understand the regulations and calculations necessary before you pilot the helicopter without the instructor.
Phase II Navigation
As you build upon the skills acquired in Phase I, you will now learn how to navigate away from the airport.
How to get from point A to point B is an important step and will be the basis for most of your future as a pilot. Since
our instructors are also experienced in commercial operations, you will pickup the real-world skills necessary to safely
navigate the complex airspace around Boston, Massachusetts. At this time, you will also receive the ground instruction which
explains the finer points of navigation.
Phase III Solo Navigation
Now you are completing the navigation portion without the instructor in the aircraft. For many, this is the most exciting
part of the entire license. You are succesfully completing trips to other airports! You are by yourself, but never alone.
You are always under the close supervision of your instructor. You are also learning to understand weather and how it affects your
Phase IV Checkride
This is where it all comes together. You will take the skills from Phases I-III and practice for your checkride. You will
review all the coursework and practice all the flight manuevers necessary to pass the checkride. Now you are a private pilot and
can legally take your friends up in a 4 place helicopter!
The FAA mandates that all students have at least 40 hours of flight training
to take their checkride. In addition, you must pass a written examination
at some point before your checkride. In reality, it usually takes more than
40 hours to be fully prepared for your checkride, and we have adjusted some
of programs to reflect this.
Before you will be allowed to solo, you must obtain a 3rd class medical
certificate from a designated medical examiner. This consists of a simple
physical checking eyesight, hearing and other physical characteristics.
You must also be 16 years of age to solo, 17 to take your checkride, speak,
read, and write English.