HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

Helicopter maintenance station in San Antonio, TX.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

HELICOPTER EXPERTS, INC.

(210) 598-7999

Office Hours
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
After Hours and Sundays by Appointment

Flight Instructor Courses


Authorized Flight Instructor Rotorcraft Helicopter Courses

Read below for information about our authorized flight instructor rotorcraft helicopter course and additional flight instructor rotorcraft helicopter course:


Authorized Helicopter Flight Instructor Background

This course is for the certificated commercial helicopter pilot interested in becoming an authorized flight instructor. The flight portion of the course consists of learning instruction techniques and building proficiency in maneuvers that are expected of a flight instructor. Safety techniques are taught for recovering from a student's errors and proficiency in touchdown autorotations is required for the instructor. The ground portion of the course consists of preparation for the two required FAA knowledge exams and the FAA oral exam. The first portion involves learning techniques for teaching, recognizing student psychological profiles, how people learn, and how to develop lesson plans. The second portion involves learning to teach specific helicopter maneuvers and techniques with emphasis on aerodynamic knowledge and communications skills in expressing this knowledge. Previous flight experience and proficiency in helicopters may help in completing the course in less time. The FAA considers the flight instructor's rating to be one of the most important ones it issues, as it is the basis of knowledge being passed along from the more experienced pilots to the new students, hence, the oral and flight tests are more difficult than the commercial pilot tests and involve the student demonstrating the skills of the teacher. The accelerated course time should take four to seven weeks.

Authorized Helicopter Flight Instructor FAA Requirements

An applicant for our FAA-approved helicopter flight instructor rotorcraft helicopter course must:

  • Possess a Commercial Rotorcraft Helicopter Pilot Certificate
  • Be at Least 18 Years Old
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold at Least a Second-Class Medical Certificate
  • Obtain a Minimum of 25 Hours of Helicopter Flight Training and 40 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Pass Two Separate FAA Knowledge Exams (the First Exam Is a Fundamentals of Instruction Knowledge Test and the Second Exam Is an Authorized Flight Instructor General Knowledge Exam)
  • Pass an FAA-Required Oral and Flight Exam

Authorized Flight Instructor Rating

Enrollment Fee 25 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 7 Hours of Simulator Time 40 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Books and Materials Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $15,000.00 $1,225.00
$2,400.00 $559.15 $19,284.15
Bell 47 G4A $100.00
$11,500.00 $1,225.00
$2,400.00
$559.15 $15,784.15
Robinson R-22 $100.00
$9,000.00
$1,225.00
$2,400.00
$559.15 $13,284.15

Please Note

Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus* $80.00
Practical Test Standards* $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $40.95
Rotorcraft Flying Handbook* $24.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $37.95
Robinson Flight Training Guide $50.00
Aviation Chart Plotter $16.05
E6B Navigation Computer $37.95
San Antonio Sectional Chart $15.60
Flight Instructor's Test Guide* $22.95
School Flight Record* $5.50
Pilot's Logbook $18.95
Instrument Flying Handbook* $32.00
Robinson Pilot's Handbook* $58.00
Instructor Handbook* $23.95

*Included in the price above.


Authorized Flight Instructor (Add-on) Background

This course is for the certificated commercial helicopter pilot interested in becoming an authorized flight instructor. The flight portion of the course consists of learning instruction techniques and building proficiency in maneuvers that are expected of a flight instructor. Safety techniques are taught for recovering from a student's errors and proficiency in touchdown autorotations is required for the instructor. The ground portion of the course consists of preparation for the two required FAA knowledge exams and the FAA oral exam. The first portion involves learning techniques for teaching, recognizing student psychological profiles, how people learn, and how to develop lesson plans. The second portion involves learning to teach specific helicopter maneuvers and techniques with emphasis on aerodynamic knowledge and communications skills in expressing this knowledge. Previous flight experience and proficiency in the R-22 may help in completing the course in less time. The FAA considers the flight instructor's rating to be one of the most important ones it issues, as it is the basis of knowledge being passed along from the more experienced pilots to the new students, hence, the oral and flight tests are more difficult than the commercial pilot tests and involve the student demonstrating the skills of the teacher. The accelerated course time should take four to seven weeks.

Authorized Helicopter Flight Instructor FAA Requirements

An applicant choosing to add on rotorcraft helicopter instructor training must:

  • Possess a Commercial Rotorcraft Helicopter Pilot Certificate
  • Hold a Current Authorized Flight Instructor Certificate
  • Be at Least 18 Years Old
  • Read, Speak, Write, and Understand the English Language
  • Hold at Least a Second-Class Medical Certificate
  • Obtain a Minimum of 25 Hours of Flight Instruction and 20 Hours of Ground Instruction
  • Pass an FAA-Required Oral and Flight Exam

Additional Authorized Flight Instructor Rating

Enrollment Fee 25 Hours of Flight Instruction Helicopter Time 7 Hours of Simulator Time 20 Hours of Ground Instruction and Pre/Post Briefing Books and Materials Total Cost Excluding Knowledge and Flight Test Fees
Robinson R-44 $100.00 $15,000.00 $1,225.00
$1,200.00 $638.25 $18,163.25
Bell 47 G4A $100.00
$11,500.00 $1,225.00
$1,200.00
$559.15 $14,584.15
Robinson R-22 $100.00
$9,000.00
$1,225.00
$1,200.00
$559.15 $12,084.15

Please Note

Flight and ground hours are based on the minimum requirements of the FAA. The actual cost of training will depend on the frequency of flight training, the student's aptitude and diligence, and the successful completion of the required tests. The hours specified fulfill the minimum FAA requirements. However, it should be noted that few people are able to learn to fly the helicopter well enough to meet FAA standards in the minimum times listed and it should not be considered unusual if they are exceeded. Good study habits, personal discipline, and aptitude are all necessary ingredients for successful completion of this course in the minimum time.

Required Books and Training Materials (Available at Helicopter Experts, Inc.):

Book / Training Material Price
Federal Aviation Regulation & Airman's Information Manual $21.95
Helicopter Experts, Inc. Flight Training Syllabus* $80.00
Practical Test Standards* $11.50
Aviation Weather Combo Set $40.95
Rotorcraft Flying Handbook* $24.95
Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge $37.95
Robinson Flight Training Guide $50.00
Aviation Chart Plotter $16.05
ASA-PHF Principles of Helicopter Flight $31.95
E6B Navigation Computer $37.95
San Antonio Sectional Chart $15.60
Flight Instructor's Test Guide* $22.95
School Flight Record* $5.50
Pilot's Logbook $18.95
Instrument Flying Handbook* $32.00
Robinson Pilot's Handbook* $58.00
Instructor Handbook* $23.95
CFI Knowledge Test Guide* $28.95

*Included in the price above.