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Subject: Pilot Training In South America (where its cheap)???
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zCaptainUser is Offline
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07/09/2011 2:14 PM  
Okay I'm going to start this post off by saying that I'm a complete newbie when it comes to helicopters or helicopter training.

I have a question though. Why do helicopter rentals cost some much to train in? $260 an hour for a 2 seater seems really high! Why is it so high? Are those just the standards for helicopter rental or is it because of fuel costs?

Midwest Helicopter says the average cost to get a private pilot, commercial pilot, instrument rating, and a certified instructors rating will be in the field of 60 K and that just seems really high seeing as chopper pilots don't really make all that much money unless they have a lot of experience, and land a really nice job like EMS or something.

Why not go to a place like south America like say maybe Ecuador or Venezuela where they have dirt cheap fuel. A person could build a lot of flight time for cheap over there (assuming fuel costs are why chopper rentals cost so much per hourly rate). I'm sure those countries have civilian chopper pilots so why not train there? Even IF fuel prices aren't the issue dollars still go a lot farther in these countries. I assume though that you might have to learn Spanish to do this.

Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on this?

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07/09/2011 6:38 PM  
There's also acquisition and insurance costs, to consider. Around $250-$300/hr dual seems about average for an R22. If you think this is high, look at Canada and Europe (which is why you'll find a lot of foreigners over here)!

Helicopter pilots are a dime a dozen, so yah,...it takes a while to earn a descent income!

AVGAS is actually becoming harder to get in other parts of the world, like South America, hence the creation of the R66 Turbine!
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07/11/2011 7:15 PM  
It isn't cheap to fly outside the USA and its hard to get a job if you are not a local with a national license. Been there done that and have been licensed in at least 15 countries. Good luck with finding some cheap foreign flying. And even more luck with getting employed in a foreign country unless you have some connections or a passport for that country.

Risk is the price you pay to avoid a dull life.
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07/11/2011 10:43 PM  
Helicopter training is extremely expensive no matter where you are. Fuel is expensive, insurance is super expensive and helicopters themselves are inherentely more expensive because of so many more moving parts as compared to an airplane. Every school will quote you $60k - $80k, do not be fooled. This quote is based on a student being able to pass their private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and CFII at the bare minimums which is not practical and just isn't reality. My school was an extremely expensive school to attend, and I'll just say that I have already spent well over $100,000 for my flight training, and it's not because I didn't or don't understand how to fly, it's simply because it was a very expensive school. Anyway, my point is, flying helicopters is not cheap. If it's something your looking into, you really need to have a passion and desire for helicopters and rotor-wing aviation, otherwise you have a high chance of washing out and being in a lot of debt. Hope that helps.
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07/13/2011 6:28 AM  
I think we are the cheapest in the entire world. We fly in the USA where the avgas is relatively cheap (paid $7 a gallon the other day) and we build the helicopters here. We charge $200/hour R22 and $300/hour R44 AFTER you ge tthe ppl(h) and we train you with a CFI to perform our photo mission. We fly pontoon equipped aircraft that say "boatpix.com" on the pontoons. This is our busy season but check out www.r22.us Tom
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