Flight Training

Below you will find example cost breakdowns for helicopter pilot training. The costs and training hours provided are minimum estimates. All students learn at a varied pace and may require more than the minimum required hours for training. For questions regarding certificate programs, call 218.262.0099. Introduction rides available for $125.

Programs

Northern Helicopters offers three training programs designed for your specific needs.

  • Professional Pilot – includes private and commercial pilot training with an instrument rating and certified flight instructor certificate. You can become a professional pilot without an instrument rating; however, more employers are requiring this certification.
  • Recreational/Non-Professional Pilot – this program is created for individuals interested in learning how to fly a helicopter for fun or recreation.
  • Degree Program – together with Hibbing Community College, this two-year accredited program can train students to become a professional helicopter pilot with college credentials. There are only eight two-year degree programs in the country.

Equipment

Bell 206 B3 – Jet Ranger
Robinson R22
Robinson R44

Certificates

Private Helicopter Pilot Certificate

  • Students must be at least 17 years old, have a minimum of 40 hours flight time and have a third-class medical certificate.
  • Minimum Flight Time is 40 hours. Average flight time is 50 hours.
  • Plus R44 Transition (optional)

Instrument Rating Helicopter

  • Must hold a Private or Commercial license.
  • Minimum Flight Time is 40 hours. Average flight time is 50 hours. 20 hours can be completed in the flight simulator.

Commercial Helicopter Pilot Certificate

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 150 hours of flight time, hold a private pilot certificate and have a second-class medical certificate.
  • Private and instrument hours go towards your 150 hours for commercial.
  • Plus R44 Transition (optional)

CErtified Flight Instructor (CFI)

  • Must be at least 18 years old and have a minimum of 150 hours of flight time, hold a private pilot certificate and have a second-class medical certificate.
  • Private and instrument hours go towards your 150 hours for commercial.
  • Plus R44 Transition (optional)

Helicopter Pilot Add-Ons

Private pilot and commercial pilot add-ons are designed for those who already hold a pilot certificate but want to earn a helicopter rating.

Private Pilot Add-On

Requires at least 30 hours flight time in a helicopter and third class medical certificate.

Commercial Pilot Add-On

Requires a minimum of 50 hours flight time in a helicopter and second class medical certificate.

Turbine Transition in Bell 206-B3

Recommended-

*5-10 hrs of Turbine in Bell 206-B3
*10 hrs of Bambi Bucket w/35ft sling
*10 hrs of Sling Training