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US Flight Schools

Alaska

Alyeska Helicopters alyeskahelicopters.com

Merrill Field (PAMR) in Anchorage. The uniquely challenging Alaskan conditions teach skills in mountains, rough terrain and adverse weather flying. VA certified, Private through CFII (initial and add-on) in Part 141 and Part 61. Robinson R22 Beta II and R44 Raven I helicopters. Call 907-277-2007 for more information.

Tanalian Aviation tanalianaviation.com

Merrill (PAMR), Anchorage. An R22 Mariner II is available for part 61: private, commercial and CFI, and sling-load training. With the student’s own aircraft, instrument and fixed-wing ratings are available. Call 907-280-8023 for more information.

Arizona

Guidance Aviation guidance.aero

FAA approved Part 141 helicopter institution with flight operations in Prescott, Arizona and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each flight operation has a collegiate partner through which graduates earn both their FAA certificates and ratings (CFII) to become professional helicopter pilots, as well as their associate degree (AAS) in Aviation Technology – Helicopter Pilot Operations. Eligible U.S. Military Veterans may utilize GI Bill benefits. Fleet of 23 aircraft including Robinson R22, R44, and R66 helicopters. Call student services at 866-535-5770 or email studentservices@guidance.aero. Whirly-Girls sponsors.

Universal Helicoptersuniversalheli.com

Scottsdale and Prescott, Arizona; Camarillo, California; Dodge City, Kansas; and Provo, Utah. R22, R44, and S300C helicopters used for part 141 private rating through ATP. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) uses UHI as the exclusive provider of the helicopter program to students at the ERAU’s Prescott campus. Extra training includes full-down autorotation refresher and mountain flying courses in Prescott. VA approved in Prescott and Provo. They are approved to issue SEVIS I-20 letters for M1 visas. Contact info@universalheli.com or call I-866-I-FLY-UHI (1-866-435-9844).

Arkansas

Arkansas Helicopters arhelicopters.com

Springdale. They offer private, commercial, and CFI training in a Robinson R44 under part 61. Call (479) 365-3640 for more information.

California

Anthelion Helicoptersanthelionhelicopters.com

Long Beach Airport. Owned and operated by a Whirly-Girl out of Airflite FBO. They operate R22s and R44s, an Enstrom and an elite Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD). They provide training for private rating through ATP.

Corporate Helicopters corporatehelicopters.com

San Diego. Part 61 and Part 141. Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters and a FlyIt simulator.

Elite Helicopter Tourselitehelicoptertours.com

Van Nuys. They offer private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, and mountain training. Robinson R22 Beta IIs, Robinson R44 Raven IIs, Bell 206, FlyIt Simulator, and a high-performance Cirrus SR22.

Group3 Aviation group3aviation.com

Van Nuys. Offering Helicopter Sightseeing Tours, 135 charter and film production since 1993. Aircraft: Robinson R44, Raven II – IFR, Schweizer 300CBi, Bell 206B, and Frasca TruFlite helicopter training device. Part 133, Part 135 and Part 141 approved. Training for all FAA helicopter ratings, an external load courses, and foreign conversions. SEVIS approved for M1 visas, and VA approved for GI Bill benefits. Owner/operator is WG#1200 Claudia Herrera-Lowry.

Jerry Trimble Helicopters jerrytrimblehelicopters.com

Thermal, California with two other branches in McMinnville, OR and Smithville, TX. Private, commercial, instrument, CFI and CFII training is offered as well as touchdown auto training in the R-22. Call 503-577-6371 or email jerry@jerrytrimblehelicopters.com for more information.

L.A. Helicopters www.lahelicopters.com

Long Beach. Providing all levels of helicopter flight instruction in Robinson products and long line vertical reference training.

Mazzei Flying Service www.flymfs.com

Fresno. Helicopter and airplane courses.

Robinson Helicopter Company www.robinsonheli.com

Torrance. Provides pilot safety courses as well as maintenance courses for government-license airframe mechanics, or foreign equivalent. Generous sponsors of Whirly-Girls scholarships.

Rotor Aviation www.rotoraviation.com

Long Beach. Instruction in R22 and R44 helicopters as well as photo flights, aerial tours, charters. Several WGs have worked here.

Specialized Helicoptersspecializedheli.com

Watsonville. Call 831-763-2244 for more information.

Universal Air Academy

Los Angeles/Temecula, French Valley Airport. Has been owned and operated by WG#654 Monica Bergenstrom since 1997.

Universal Helicoptersuniversalheli.com

Camarillo. R22, R44, and S300C. Private through ATP helicopter ratings with four other locations: Scottsdale and Prescott AZ; Dodge City, KS; and Provo, UT. They are approved to issue SEVIS I-20 letters for M1 training visas. For more information, contact info@universalheli.com, or call I-866-I-FLY-UHI (1-866-435-9844).

Western Helicopters – westernhelicopters.com

Rialto. Sikorsky S300C and MDHC MD500D helicopters. Their part 141-approved courses include private pilot, commercial pilot, mountain, vertical reference, turbine transition, and emergency procedures. Sponsors of ground training for the Whirly-Girls scholarship in Advanced Mountain Flight Training.

Colorado

Colorado Heli-Ops – coloradoheliops.com

Broomfield. Operates a Schweizer 300C and Robinson R44 for private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and mountain training. Degree program possible through partnership with Morgan Community College. Includes a VA program.

Connecticut

North East Helicopters Flight Services www.northeasthelicopters.com

One of the oldest helicopter schools in the country, offering all FAA certificates and ratings under Parts 141 and 61. Training takes place in Robinson R22, R44, and Schweizer 300CBi aircraft. They have veterans programs and are an authorized Schweizer service and sales center.

Delaware

Horizon Helicopters www.horizonhelo.com

Newark.

Florida

Bristow Academyheli.com

Titusville. Whirly-Girls both teach and study here. Part 61 and 141, from private through CFII in Schweizer 300CBi’s, Robinson R44’s, and Bell 206 aircraft. FAA and EASA, military training, night vision goggles, turbine transitions, G500, external load. Authorized to issue M-1 and F-1 visas to foreign students.

Cloud 9 Helicopterscloud9helicopters.com

North County General Aviation Airport, West Palm Beach. Call 561-799-3636 for more information.

Florida Helicoptersflorida-helicopters.com

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport. Private to ATP initial, with add-on courses in the R-22 and R-44. WG#1682 Michelle Payne is General Manager. Call 954-938-5386 for more information.

The Heli Teamtheheliteam.com

Orlando. Providing flight training, tours, charter, aerial application and ENG services.

Ocean Helicopterswww.oceanhelicopters.com

West Palm Beach. They offer part 61 and 141 flight training in R22, R44, Schweizers, and Jet Rangers. Courses include private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP, advanced autorotations, external load.

Palm Beach Helicopterswww.palmbeachhelicopters.com

Lantana. Call 561-304-1491 for more information.

Tomlinson Aviationwww.tomlinsonaviation.com

Ormond Beach. They provides sales, service, charter, flight training in Schweizer 300CBi and Bell 206 aircraft.

Georgia

Prestige Helicopterswww.prestigehelicopters.com

Atlanta. Provides training, tours, charters, and sales. Call 770-458-6047 for more information.

Hawaii

Mauna Loa Helicoptersmaunaloahelicopters.com

Oahu and the Big Island. FAA Part 141. Mauna Loa Helicopters offers private, instrument, commercial, flight instructor, instrument instructor, and Airline Transport Pilot Courses as well as external load and night vision goggle training. Other specialized courses are available. R22 and R44 aircraft. M-1 and F-1 visas are available.

Novictor Helicopterswww.novictorhelicopters.com

Honolulu. Offering customized flight instruction for private, commercial, and CFI certificates in the Robinson R44. They also offer demo flights and tours. Founded by Whirly-Girl #1584 and CEO Nicole Vandelaar.

Idaho

Utah Helicopterutahhelicopter.com

Idaho Falls & Pocatello. Additional location in Utah. Offering private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, high altitude courses. Utah Valley University Aviation Science degree program available.

Illinois

Midwest Helicopter Academywww.flymidwest.com

Sauget. They provide a range of helicopter courses in R22 and R44 aircraft and are partnered with Saint Louis University, allowing you to train while earning a degree.

Sun Aero Helicopters  – sunaerohelicopters.com

Chicago, Lansing Municipal Airport. Flight training, turbine transition, sightseeing, and charter in R22, R44, and Bell 206 aircraft.

Kansas

KC Copterskccopters.com

Olathe, Johnson County Executive Airport, near Kansas City. Offers private, instrument, commercial, and CFI flight training in Robinson aircraft. Their exclusive Flying Smart program is designed to develop superior judgement and risk management skills.

Universal Helicoptersuniversalheli.com

Dodge City and four other locations in Arizona and Utah. R22, R44, and S300C helicopters used for part 141 private rating through ATP. They are approved to issue SEVIS I-20 letters for M1 visas.

Louisiana

Crescent City Helicopters crescentcityhelicopters.com

Lakefront Airport in New Orleans (KNEW) at Flightline First FBO. R-22.

Guidance Aviationguidance.aero

Baton Rouge, and Prescott, Arizona. Part 141. Has a collegiate partner through which graduates earn both their FAA ratings (CFII) as well as their associate Degree (AAS) in Aviation Technology – Helicopter Pilot Operations. Accept  GI Bill benefits for helicopter and collegiate studies. Robinson R22, R44, and R66 helicopters. Whirly-Girls sponsors.

South Louisiana Community College International School of Aviation Excellence solacc.edu/about/corporate-college/international-school-aviation-excellence

New Iberia. The South Louisiana Community College International School of Aviation Excellence offers a Professional Pilot Program incorporating private, instrument, commercial, CFI, and CFII training. R22, R44, Schweizer 300CBi.

Maryland

Advanced Helicopter Conceptsadvancedhelicopter.com

Frederick. Offers private through ATP in R22 aircraft. Fixed wing training also available.

Monumental Helicoptersmonumentalhelicopters.com

Fort Meade. Woman owned company. Training offered in Robinson R22 Beta II and R44 aircraft. Elite TH-100 Simulator with Advanced ATD Certification is available for instrument training.

Massachusetts

Blue Hill Helicopters – bluehillhelicopters.com

Norwood. Flight training and aviation services are available in the Schweizer 300CBi and Robinson R44. Courses include private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII.

Boston Helicopterswww.bostonhelicopters.com

Lawrence Airport, North Andover. Courses include private, instrument, commercial, CFI, recurrency, and their Professional Pilot Program.

Michigan

HeliFlight of Michiganwww.heliflightofmichigan.com.

Troy. Flight training, rides, sight-seeing, and special event flights in R22 and R44 aircraft.

Minnesota

Complete Helicopterscompletehelicopters.com

Blaine. Flight training and other aviation services.

Hummingbird Helicopterswww.hummingbirdhelicopters.us

Eden Prairie. Flight training courses include private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP provided in Sikorsky S300CB and FlyIt flight simulator.

Lake Superior Helicopterslakesuperiorhelicopters.com

Duluth International Airport, Duluth. Offers private, commercial and CFI training under part 141 and part 61. Also instrument, CFII, ATP, external load and turbine transition courses. Robinson R44 and R22 aircraft.

Montana

Northern Skies Aviationwww.northernskies.com

Laurel. Flight training courses include private through ATP and mountain flying in the Schweizer 300C. 141 and 61, VA approved. They also provide part 135 charter and part 133 long line services. Housing and courtesy car transport are available.

Nevada

702 Helicopters702helicopters.com

Provides helicopter training in the R22 and R44 for private, commercial, instrument, CFI, CFII, and ATP at high density altitude in busy Las Vegas airspace. All books and free unlimited ground instruction are included in training package.

New Hampshire

C-R Helicopterscrhelicopters.com

Nashua with an alternate site in Laconia. Private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP and add-on training provided in Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft. Authorized Robinson service center and dealer since 2002.

Seacoast Helicoptersseacoasthelos.com

Pease International Tradeport, Portsmouth. VA-approved, Part 141, rotorcraft private, commercial, instrument, ATP, CFI and CFII training. In conjunction with Great Bay Community College, offers an Associate of Science Degree in Aviation Technology – Helicopter (ATH).

New Jersey

Helicopter Flight Services www.helicopterflightservices.com

Medford. Provides part 141 and 61 training in Schweizer 300 aircraft. Private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP courses offered. Contracted through Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC) for helicopter training. VA approved. M-1 visas available for foreign students.

New York

Independent Helicoptersindependenthelicopters.com

Stewart International Airport (KSWF), New Windsor, and Saratoga County Airport in Ballston Spa. Whirly-Girl Heather Howley WG#1392 is the Chief Pilot and CEO. She is also a DPE. Courses offered include private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP in Robinson aircraft. Utility, forestry inspection, and transport services also provided.

Wings Airwingsairhelicopters.com

White Plains (KHPN). Part 61 training provided in the Robinson R44. Flight training includes private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, ATP, helicopter add-on. Part 135 certified for commercial operations.

North Carolina

High Tide Helicoptershightidehelicopters.com

Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island. Offers private and commercial training in the Robinson R22. Owned and operated by CFI Jessica Ward, WG#1673.

Queen City Helicopter Corp.qcheli.com

Gastonia. Queen City Helicopter Corp. is a subsidiary of North Carolina Helicopters, Inc. Training provided in the R22.

Total Flight Solutionstotalflight.com (previously known as North Carolina Rotor and Wing)

Louisburg. Training provided in Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft. They have a relationship with Utah Valley University that enables students to secure education loans to fund their training while working towards a two- or four-year degree in aviation science.

Oregon

Hillsboro Aero Academyflyhaa.com

Three campuses in Hillsboro, Troutdale, and Prineville. Since 1980. They are one of the largest helicopter and airplane flight schools in the U.S. Full Professional Pilot Program offered as well as private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII. Several WGs are alumni.

Jerry Trimble Helicoptersjerrytrimblehelicopters.com

McMinnville as well as Thermal, CA, and Smithville, TX. Private, commercial, instrument, CFI and CFII are offered as well as touchdown auto training in Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft and their Elite TH-100 simulator. They also offer fixed wing, UAV/UAS, and long line training. They are the sponsors of the annual Jerry Trimble Helicopters Touchdown Autorotation Contest.

Precision – flyprecision.com

Newberg. Since 1983. They offer both fixed-wing and helicopter training.

Texas

Alamo Helicoptersalamohelicoptertours.com

Stinson Municipal Airport (KSSF) in San Antonio, and a satellite in Austin. FAA part 61 and part 141. Private through CFII in Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft. They also offer tours of the San Antonio and Austin areas, FAA part 135 charter services.

Airbus Helicopterswww.airbushelicoptersinc.com

Grand Prairie. Formerly American Eurocopter, Airbus Helicopters is a long-time sponsor of Whirly-Girl scholarships. This location serves as the company headquarters and training center.

Apex Helicoptersapexhelicopters.net

Arcola. Part 61 training utilizing the Robinson R22 and R44. They offer private, commercial, instrument, CFI, CFII, ATP, and external load and agricultural training.

Bell Helicopter Textronbellhelicopter.com

Ft. Worth. The corporate headquarters for Bell Helicopter, where they provide training in Bell products. This is the location for the Whirly-Girls Bell Scholarship.

FlightSafety Internationalflightsafety.com

Ft. Worth. Sponsor and location for the WG Instrument Refresher Course Scholarship. Their simulators include Bell 222/230, Bell 212, Bell 412, and Bell 430.

Jerry Trimble Helicoptersjerrytrimblehelicopters.com

Smithville, and McMinnville. Additional location in Thermal, Calif. Private, commercial, instrument, CFI and CFII are offered as well as touchdown auto training in Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft and their Elite TH-100 simulator. They also offer fixed wing, UAV/UAS, and long line training. They are the sponsors of the annual Jerry Trimble Helicopters Touchdown Autorotation Contest.

US Aviation Academyusviationacademy.com

Denton, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Part 141 FAA certified. VA Approved. Authorized to issue M-1 visas to foreign students. All ratings taught. Fully instrumented Schweizer 300C and CBI models.

Utah

Universal Helicoptersuniversalheli.com

Provo, as well as Camarillo, CA; Scottsdale and Prescott AZ; Dodge City, KS. VA approved in Provo. Provides flight training in the R22, R44, and S300C. Private through ATP Approved to issue SEVIS I-20 letters for M-1 training visas.

Upper Limit Aviationupperlimitaviation.edu  

Salt Lake City. Provides helicopter training and utility services.

Utah Helicopterutahhelicopter.com

Spanish Fork and West Jordan. Additional location in Idaho.

Virginia

American Helicoptersamericanheli.com

Manassas. FAA Part 141 and Part 61, Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Private, instrument, commercial, and flight instructor training as well as turbine training in the Bell Jet Ranger.

Hampton Roads Helicoptershrheli.com

Chesapeake. FAA Part 61 training in the Robinson R22 and R44. Private, instrument, commercial, CFI, CFII, and ATP.

Washington

Classic Helicopterwww.classicheli.com

Boeing Field, Seattle. Part 141 and 61 training in the Robinson R22.

Helicopters NorthWestwww.helicoptersnw.com

Seattle, Everett, and Bremerton locations. Private, commercial, instrument, CFI, and CFII training in the R22 and R44.

US Virgin Islands

Caribbean Buzz Helicopterscaribbean-buzz.com

St. Thomas. Caribbean Buzz Helicopters is owned and operated by Maria Rodriguez, Whirly-Girl #1183. They offer on demand part 61 private, commercial, and CFI training in two Robinson R44 aircraft. For more information, call 340-775-7335.

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Non-US Flight Schools by Country

Queensland

Becker Helicopters Pilot Academybeckerhelicopters.com

Mudjimba. Owned by Jan Becker, Whirly-Girl #1884. Offering helicopter flight training, military/corporate training, and courses including NVIS, formation flying, proficiency checks. Operates their own maintenance facility, and resource and documentation center. Internationally accredited.

Aeropower Flight Schoolwww.aeropower.com.au

Brisbane. Private and commercial licences are offered as well as advanced training. The flight school is part of a larger helicopter operation and has its own engineering division onsite. Government Accredited.

British Columbia

BC Helicopterswww.bchelicopters.com

Abbotsford. Provides commercial all-in-one flight training as well as private, mountain, foreign conversion, commercial night, Bell 206, and add-on training. Training is provided in the Schweizer 300CBi, Robinson R44, Bell 206, and Guimbal Cabri.

Chinook Helicopterswww.chinookhelicopters.com

Fraser Valley near Vancouver. Operating since 1982. Career training is offered on R44 Raven II, Bell 47 G2 and Bell 206B helicopters as well as advanced and recurrent training.

HNZ Topflightwww.canadianhelicopters.com/services/flight-training/hnz-topflight/

Penticton. Providing advanced and mountain flight training in the following aircraft: Bell 407, EC120B, Bell 206B/L1, AS350 B2/B3.

Okanagan Mountain Helicopterswww.okheli.ca

Kelowna. Offers a range of flight training courses in the R22 and R44. The Bell 206 is offered for endorsements and advanced training. Courses include private, commercial, instructor, and mountain courses. All commercial courses require a valid Class I medical certificate.

Tech Helicopters Ltdwww.techhelicopters.com

Prince George. Offering flight training since 1996. Courses include private, commercial, and advanced training. Training provided in the Robinson R22 and R44.

TRK Helicopterswww.trkgroup.ca

Langley Field just outside of Vancouver. Offers advanced flight training for Bell 206 and AS350 endorsements, mountain flying, and slinging/long line training.

Ontario

Central Helicopter Training Academywww.centralhelicoptertraining.com

St. Thomas. Offering commercial, private, instructor, instrument, night and advanced training. They utilize the R22, R44 as primary trainers and offer endorsements on the Bell 206 and AS 350,355.

Helicopters Canadawww.helicopterscanada.com

North Bay. Offering private, commercial, night, add-on, recurrent, and foreign conversion flight training.

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