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Subject: best helicopter training in california?!?!?
 
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01/09/2012 5:17 PM  
hello all users im new here and want to test the knowledge of the posters. Im looking to do add on ratings from private through cfii. Not considering money as an issue im looking to see what the "best" all around helicopter school is in the state of CA and even up to OR/WA. Im looking for extra courses such as turbine, external load, etc as i will most likely not reach 200 hours in the robby after cfii...Im looking to instruct for a while and move to border patrol/police/fire type work. I would like to also feel at home no pilot factories please. Also schools that offer fixed wing is a plus. Maybe instructor job while I train? thanks for your time motoxer66
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01/09/2012 8:09 PM  
Up in Oregon there's Jerry Trimble Helicopters. He's one of these guys who been flying the R22 since the early days,...very knowledgable, and a great CFI to fly with!
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01/09/2012 11:17 PM  
awesome i will look him up
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01/13/2012 1:56 PM  
I've done recurrent training with Jerry Trimble, and can recommend his school. I'm also working at Peninsula Helicopters Northwest in Bremerton, WA. Check us out...you can contact me by PM if you have any questions.
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01/13/2012 10:40 PM  
Awesome it sounds like this is the place to check out has anyone had experience at leading edge or glacier
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01/16/2012 11:35 PM  
I have a friend at Leading Edge. He is happy with them.

I suggest Civic Helicopters in Carlsbad. Check out the facility, the aircraft, etc. Talk to an instructor, get a feel for the place (this applies to any school you're interested in). The owner is involved and a great mentor. They also do all the training for ASTREA (San Diego Sheriffs) and the Border Patrol.

Networking is 80% of what moves you in this career.

Good luck
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01/19/2012 3:56 AM  
Does anyone know if civic helicopters uses the post 9-11 G.I. Bill? I have emailed them twice, but haven't received a response?
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01/30/2012 10:29 AM  
Have a look at SRT Helicopters in Bakersfield. Great real world training, good mountain flying and not far from LA for really busy airspace experience. Good bunch with very broad experience, especially in law enforcement/para-public sector.
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01/31/2012 8:46 PM  
I have a helicopter in California and a helicopter in Arizona. If you have a helicopter instruction job all lined up choose any school you like. We've had fixed wing add-ons do all four ratings in 40 days and 67 hours but I don't know of any insurance company that will allow you to instruct with that few hours? Our insurance says 300 hours and CFI and we have a job guarantee and are an advertiser on this site: http://www.helicopteracademy.com/hire.htm For a 300 hour program for you as an add-on with a guaranteed job you would be looking at $60,000.
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02/01/2012 8:56 PM  
To boatpix, 300 hours total helicopter, 300 hours r22, 300 hours with boatpix, 300 hours instruction, which one of these, or is it some other 300 hour total ?
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02/02/2012 9:19 AM  
300 total time helo. 100 hours on our contract. CFI. You can come visit me at HAI in Dallas or any of our local pilots at www.HelicotperAcademy.com and click on "contacts". I decided to sponsor the job fair at HAI, too. If you go to RHC Safety CFI School we keep an R22 on floats right outside the classroom and you can see it from the classroom, so if you head to this course put in an hour of boat photo with us!
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02/02/2012 5:06 PM  
Posted By boatpix on 01/31/2012 8:46 PM
...We've had fixed wing add-ons do all four ratings in 40 days and 67 hours but I don't know of any insurance company that will allow you to instruct with that few hours?...


So what happened to that 67hr pilot?
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02/04/2012 12:04 AM  
Posted By RogueOps on 01/19/2012 3:56 AM
Does anyone know if civic helicopters uses the post 9-11 G.I. Bill? I have emailed them twice, but haven't received a response?


Hopefully you heard back from them. I did alert the owner to your emails just incase the email address you used was unmonitored and he responded to me immediately. Again, great company and awesome training.

As far as Boatpix, I worked with a previous employee of theirs that had nothing but good to say about the experience, company and owner. I met the owner a couple of years ago at HeliExpo and seemed like a great guy.

Hard to go wrong with a guaranteed job since that's the only company I've heard ever offer that and I haven't heard of him not standing behind it yet.

Just my .02
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02/07/2012 2:17 PM  
Posted By B1GJ1M on 01/30/2012 10:29 AM
Have a look at SRT Helicopters in Bakersfield. Great real world training, good mountain flying and not far from LA for really busy airspace experience. Good bunch with very broad experience, especially in law enforcement/para-public sector.


Did you attend SRT?
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02/09/2012 11:31 PM  
You asked about the 67 hour pilot that did his add on in six weeks from ATP airplane to CFII with us in 67 hours and six weeks.  He was an Englishmen that told me he had to do this before the rules changed in, like, 60 days.   I told him that we had done a pplh for a newby in 28 days and like 45 hours.   I told him to show up, move into our free dormitory and fly, fly, fly.  As an ATP airplane pilot he just needed to fly and pas a pplh, cplh, cfih and cfiih.   It wasn't all that difficult.  I suppose he went back to England to his airplane job and his boss bought a chopper!
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02/09/2012 11:40 PM  
You know, I've been flying in R22's since 1986. I can tell a ton of stories. All of them that involve employment are happy with my students but I get bashed a lot on websites as I try to warn people to look for a guaranteed job with your training. I just signed up a student at our Torrance, CA location as I told the father: "I'm the only person that can guarantee a job because we have something other than flight training for our students to do." Everything I said and say makes sense if you care to listen. Whenever someone recommends a school that is great; but can they give you a guaranteed job is what matters, doesn't it? We charge a little extra for the hours of dual. I'm a little to cheap for the photo timebuilding at $200/hour but if you do that we guarantee you a job while you push the cfi flying with you ahead another 100 hours. A fellow left the other day to return to Italy. He did 80 hours in 28 days at $200/hour and left a happy man. I picked him up at the airport in a convertible and took him to free housing for 28 days. If you are going to HeliExpo I sponsor both the Job Fair and the Heli Succes program. If you need a job or want some success in the helicopter field, contact me.
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03/29/2012 4:13 PM  
Seen this school mentioned a few times.  I went to Civic in Carlsbad 7 years ago.  At that time their was no guarantee of being hired after completion of certs and ratings.  The owner, Chin, is a great instructor for sure.  He will conduct all your CFI training and specialty training.
 But why specialty training?
 It's a waste of money.  The amount of time you will log is almost insignificant.  No one looks at a resume and says "Yeah, this guys got 5 hours of external load time, he's all good"  You are just as much of a liability as a guy with 0 hours, either way they have to invest serious time and effort getting you trained.  So ultimately it boils down to your connections. the guy with zero turbine or 133 time will get the nod if he has connections with the company and you don't regardless of your specialty training.
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03/30/2012 7:55 AM  
My son, who is 23 yrs. old, has just completed his Commercial and Flight Instructor's licenses. He is finishing a 5 hr. long line course in the R-44 and should complete his Instrument and Instrument Instructors practicals (he has already passed the written's) by summer. He has about 190 hrs. in the R-22 and another 30 hrs. in the R-44; he is also a licensed A & P. He will be finished with his Bachelors Degree in Criminology by November and in the meantime is working part time as a flight instructor for a local company "stacking time." I was wondering if some of you could suggest additional training/education that you think would be beneficial for him to pursue to further develop his resume for a future job. For instance: Applebee's in Oregon has an AG course to prepare future ag pilots, would something like that be worthwhile?? Would it be smart for him to go through a Turbine Transition Course before he goes out on the market?? We realize time is the biggest issue; but we are not wealthy and so most of his time is going to come from his instructing. Any and all suggestions would be much appreciated. If you don't want to respond in the open forum, please contact me on my private e-mail at ronadolph@unwiredbb.com. We are looking for any information that will help him develop towards a future career. Thank you, Ron
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03/30/2012 12:05 PM  
Check out my solution. I've advertised on this site for over ten years and we've gotten everyone into a job as promised at our insurance minimums of 300 hours and cfi. I also have great financing as he's going to get a job and can repay the loan: http://www.helicopteracademy.com/hire.htm
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04/09/2012 2:11 AM  
Best Western Helicopters in Rialto, CA. I was there in 94 and 95 for the mountain course. We used the H500. I thought the courses were very professional. I just returned from there last month where I did the mountain refresher, some VR work and my BFR. Still a very good place to train. While I was there we had a deputy from Las Vegas getting his PPL and several others from various municipalities there for training. They use a H300 and H500. Give them a call at 909 829 1056.

Jerry Litton
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