Frequently asked questions

HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO START FLIGHT TRAINING?
  • There is no age requirement to start flight training. At the age of 16 years you will be able to fly solo and at the age of 17 years you will be able to obtain your private pilot certificate. We have students anywhere from 15 years to 65 years old.


DO I NEED A MEDICAL EXAMINATION BEFORE STARTING FLIGHT TRAINING?
  • You do not need any medical examination before starting flight training. However you will need to obtain minimum a FAA Medical Class 3 Certificate in order to fly solo and obtain your certificate. In other words you will eventually need an medical examination, but not before solo. Read more about medical certificates


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET A PILOT CERTIFICATE FOR HELICOPTERS?
  • It all depends on your goals. Are you are flying full time or part time? You can obtain your private pilot certificate in as little as 3 months if you are full time and committed. It's all about your personal learning capabilities. We offer accelerated courses if you are interested in obtaining your certificate as fast as possible. We are flying year round and seven days a week. 


HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
  • You can obtain your private pilot certificate with a minimum of 40 hours. However the average student typically takes between 50-60 flight hours before completion. The private will cost around $18.745-$24.210.  

Note: The listed prices are FAA minimum requirements and the average pilot at Blue Hill Helicopters. 


IS THERE FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE?
  • We do not currently offer any financial aid. Contact your local bank, thats how most pilots finance their flight training.  

I HAVE NEVER FLOWN BEFORE. HOW DO I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING FOR ME?
  • An introductory flight is the perfect way for you to get your first experience of flying a helicopter. If you have always dreamt of flying. We will take the time to answer your questions or concerns about flight training, getting your license and what you can do with your license. This flight will count towards your license. 


AM I REQUIRED TO PAY IN FULL PRIOR TO STARTING MY TRAINING?
  • No payment is required before starting flight training. We operate on the principle of pay as you go. Your flight hours will never be lost and you get do the flight training in the speed you would like to. 


WHAT TYPE OF JOBS ARE OUT THERE FOR PILOTS?
  • Blue Hill Helicopters is a great place to start your helicopter career. Whether you want to fly tours in New York, firefighting in California or air ambulance in Maine, Blue Hill Helicopter is going to be an ideal place to start. ​We are well connected in the industry and will help you achieve your goals and dream job. Read more under success stories.