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09/24/2012 8:59 AM  
Hi all tried to "search" most of this with no luck. I am interested in getting a private license , no goal of doing it for profit. I wanted to ask what the fees are for rental of an R-22 and R-44. I live in San Diego , currently have been flying large RC helis for AP work and figured it would be more fun to quit playing with toys and learn to fly. I got a pilot for the day package and got to fly a straight line for 45 minutes in an r-22 and Im hooked. I spent an hour on the simulator also. I know Im looking at 10-12k for the instructions just wanted to know what I will be paying in rental/fuel cost to take out an r-22 or r-44 for an hour. I am aware of all the restrictions and what I can and cant do with a PPL. Im 50 and dont have many hobbies so Im about to go for it. Any advice also on do and dont do would be appreciated. I wont have any problems with the medical Thanks
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09/24/2012 11:45 AM  
Just ask around at the schools. Its generally around $250/hr R22, twice that for the R44, including fuel.
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09/27/2012 3:03 PM  
I did a ride with Corporate Helicopters off Aero Drive. They had decent rates. I cannot remember them off hand but check their website. I pay about $245/hr in Hawaii which includes the $25/hr for my instructor. It should be around the same the same price there.
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10/16/2012 11:56 PM  
i went down and talked to The people at Corporate helicopters. I will be stetting up an account with them that will drop the hourly rate to 215 per hour. i have to maintain at least 500 in the account to keep that rate. I dont know how long it will take me, money will be the driving force. Im in no hurry but I also know I cant fly once every six months and expect to pass . Im hoping 12-18 months with a few more hours of flying than the best case scenario.

I go on Wednesday for my class 3 medical.   Can someone tell me how you get from an r-22 to flying an r-44?  Is it just more flying hours at more cost?
 or does it require instrument rating also?

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10/18/2012 12:55 PM  
I am about half way through my PPL so I cannot offer you much on this but I think it just costs more and some subtle differences in pre flight. A couple schools I looked at on the mainland do their flight training solely in the 44. You may have to do a ride with an instructor for your first flight if you upgrade after you get your PPL. That is what my research had shown anyway but I could be wrong. I have not flown the 44 yet but I hear it is a bit smoother to fly. I am content with the R-22 though. It is squirley but a lot of fun to fly. If you end up coming to Hawaii for a vacation, look me up.
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10/18/2012 7:26 PM  
Posted By splitboarder on 10/16/2012 11:56 PM
   Can someone tell me how you get from an r-22 to flying an r-44?  Is it just more flying hours at more cost?
 or does it require instrument rating also?

Thanks


Once you have your PPL, provided you do it in the R22, it will take 5hrs dual and a PIC endorsement to fly the R44.___________________________ There's nothing special about the R44, its basically just a big R22, that goes a bit faster and has hydraulic controls (and costs twice as much!). If you're comfortable in the R22 you'll have no trouble flying the R44.____________________ You don't need an instrument rating to fly it. In fact, an R44 cannot fly in IMC!
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