Flight Instruction

“They say that once you reach a thousand hours, it doesn’t matter where you trained. But I recall even at five thousand hours being asked where I had done my initial training because of the way I flew. It does matter. It’s the foundation upon which you build your experience. It sets the tone for how you assess a situation and make decisions. It’s about how you plan a flight, set up a maneuver, and adapt in the moment as a flight unfolds. Your primary instructor is going to be teaching all of this to you, both overtly as a methodology and simply in the way you absorb the instructor’s practices and priorities. You won’t find a better place to learn this the right way and establish a solid foundation for your future. You’ll learn how to fly helicopters with confidence and a deep understanding, from high-time instructors who are passionate about teaching.”~ Jeff Klatt, Pilot

  • Helicopter Private Through ATP
  • Bell 206 Initial and Recurrent Training
  • NVG Initial and Recurrent Training

Our goal here at Lakeshore Helicopter is to provide top quality instruction. Our philosophy is to hold pilots to high standards, not just to “Pass the Test.”. We realize that there are many ways to teach flying. We will expose you to different flight environments and conditions, teach you multiple profiles, and increase your skill level. Our goal is to make you a safe, competent, experienced and confident pilot. We have many years and thousands of hours of experience doing all kinds of work and it is that experience, which allows us to give you that unique training. Our instructors are here because they want to teach and to pass on that knowledge, not to put hours in their logbook. The instructors at Lakeshore Helicopter are pros who enjoy teaching and are eager to answer whatever specific questions you might have about your flight training.

The Southeast Wisconsin area is a great place to learn to fly helicopters. Having the four different seasons and being next to Lake Michigan, a pilot will gain that necessary experience of dealing with the weather. We have it all. When other flight schools and instructors are grounding their aircraft because of a little rain, we’re just getting started. We will teach you how to deal with the weather along with Whiteout and Blackout conditions, and also teach you when it is necessary to put the aircraft on the ground.

Kenosha airport is a small airport with a control tower. It’s controllers are friendly and understanding. This combined with the rural setting, makes for a relaxed, fun atmosphere and a good place to learn tower procedures. Being located between Milwaukee and Chicago, this also gives us the flexibility to teach in any environment from the crowded airspace of Chicago to the small uncontrolled airports of rural Wisconsin.

Our instructors have a vast background of flying experience, ranging from Crop Dusting to Charter. They have developed exercises that are fun and teach the skills required for the demanding world of helicopter flying. You will learn how to finesse and feel the aircraft through maneuvers along with many advanced maneuvers (e.g. Enhanced and Touchdown Autorotations, etc.). This will make you a smoother, more confident pilot that gives you a real advantage when the flying requires a higher work load. Our only problem, “no mountains for high altitude training”, but we manage to solve that with one of our instructors being a qualified ferry pilot for Robinson Helicopter. He has developed a Cross Country Mountain Course that teaches all aspects of mountain flying. For those that can take advantage of this opportunity, it is a great way to build time inexpensively, while gaining valuable experience. We also offer initial Night Vision Goggle Certification and recurrent training.

You’ve taken that big first step and made the decision to get your helicopter license, and now you’ve got questions. Lots of questions! We’d like to help you by answering a few of the basic ones here. Select a link to the right for more information on that subject.