I may decide to live in america for a few years if i can find a well paid job from the qualification, so the weather conditions may not be a too important.
There is no problem with getting the licence as regards security following 9/11
I looked into this recently and found that a private licence costs about 15-20K in Ireland. However to make a living from it you need your commercial licence which cost over 100K in Ireland. Is it really only $13K for a commercial licence in the States?
Where did you get those figure from Daveg?
Heli time is what, 170-200 an hour I'm guessing?
How much could a helicopter pilot expect to earn? and surly there's a serious limit to the jobs no?
Ha, if only.
420 Euro I was quoted at a well known west Dublin Aerodrome. Multiply that by the 40 hours needed, plus classes plus exams. It comes to at least 20k.
That put an end to my dream fairly lively.
the average price in america would be approx $200 an hour.when i complete the course that i am looking at i will have both a private and a commerical licence.
It costs E320 in Galway
If you work all week and go twice a month, it is doable
Can't remember where the figures came from tbh. I think it was actually reading a previous boards thread tbh.
You'll need to get yourself an instructor rating on top of your commercial licence, a low time CPL is pretty useless without it, no one will higher you.
Most people who do it Ireland go to the UK for there instructor rating, becuase you only need 285 as apposed to 300 hours in ireland (I think these numbers are right, can't be too sure)
45 hours is the minimum time needed for a PPL, depending on how regularly you fly and how quick you learn, this could go up to 60-70 hours so budget for more.
Don't forget to add money for books, exams and a medical. (you'll need a class 1 for a commercial licence, class 2 for a PPL)
If you do go to the states and you want to fly in europe see if your school does a JAA course, the FAA licence is cheaper but you can only fly in the US.
The price from most places when you count just the flying or have to add accomadation and living money comes to near 100,000
From what my instructor told me you only get payed per hours you have flown and can only legally fly so many hours a month, when you get an instrumnet rating then you get a salary, but an IR is about another €30k
Good Luck with whatever you decide.
Oh and about the plane flying thing, most heli pilots take the p!ss out of plane pilots calling them "planks" because you need a great deal more skill to fly a heli than a plane!
We might be planks but they dont risk putting 125 lifes behind a heli pilot!
Honestly, if in Dublin, try www.eirecopter.ie accross the country have a look at www.flyinginireland.com for others, or ask them on the forum!
I've tried heli's, they are great craic, actually took my first flight on one, highly entertainly for me, the instructor, less so, but enjoyable all round, go for it!
Another approach is apply to the A I R C O R P S if you are under 25...
Glad to see there's so much knowledge about on the helicopter pilot licence subject.
Where have people gotten licences outside of Ireland?
I too would like to get a helicopter pilot licence (or even a plane licence) but I could never see myself doing it in Ireland, weather, cost, too much time when doing it part-time etc.
I'd much prefer to do it in warmer climes and at a full-time basis.
The old SSIA is maturing soon and i've tinkered with the idea of taking a year out and spending the cash on helicopter licence, but where? I'd like to include some more adventure in the time too, surfing etc, no location is too distant. Somewhere with some partime work, bar work or whatever would be perfect.
learnerplates - How did you even find this thread after 6 months?
On PPRuNe Forums the general opinion is that getting a Heli Job is much much harder than a getting an airline job, which is hard enough! And they pay isn't as good. If you even get paid at all.
Mind you they might just be putting you off.
it was keyword search for helicopter pilot that found me here.
If I were to fly commercially (helicopter or plane) I wouldn't have any interest in the big guns, I'm thinking more of having the pilot licence (preferably in heli) which can accompany me with other opportunites, a skill to help me acieve other things, wildlife I'd hope, the whole airline thing doesn't float my boat at all. Small craft for me.
In my country (France) many young guys who want to become a helicopter pilot after living cert, will actually enroll in the Army (Or Air Force).
The 2 main reasons :
- You have nothing to pay to get your license.
- The day you want to quit to work for a private company (Commercial), the insurance company will actually accept to cover you at a very reasonable price. Why ? Because you have the experience to fly with all kind of weathers, ...
In France, almost no company will hire you if you do not have a military background, because you might be weak with delicate situations, plus the insurance will certainly not even insure you.
I do not know if this is the same here ? But that makes sense to me. No ?