Figuring Your Costs

When it comes to figuring the cost of a helicopter certificate and comparing flight schools, it is wise to make sure you are comparing apples to apples. The best way to determine the cost is to simply use the hourly rate for the helicopter and instructor times the hours expected to fly. When looking at a school’s program, you need to ask: Is the price being quoted a “national average” or is it FAA minimums?

There will be other incidental costs above and beyond the helicopter and instructor. These costs are books, supplies, medical exam, taxes, and testing fees. If the flight school is away from your current home, add in housing costs, food, and transportation. You should consider not only the price, but also whether or not the aircraft are maintained properly, the experience level of the flight instructors, and the ability of the school to accommodate your schedule. And most of all you should have fun in obtaining your certificate.