Q:Do I need a Fixed-Wing (Airplane) License to fly helicopters? A: No, you are not required to have any previous flight experience before starting your training in a helicopter. Q:Why does Helicopter training cost more than Fixed-Wing training? A: Helicopters cost more to acquire, operate, maintain, and insure than most fixed-wing aircraft. This raises the overall cost of flight training. Q:Are helicopters safe? A: Helicopters are just as safe, if not safer, than airplanes. In an emergency an airplane needs the length of a runway to land, while a helicopter requires a much smaller landing area. In addition, Robinson helicopters have an incredible safety record and are used worldwide as flight training aircraft due to their dependability and safety features. Q:What are the weight/height limits for flying/training? A: In the R-22, the weight requirements are 240 lbs. per seat, including baggage or equipment. However, for your safety and comfort, we offer flight training for larger or taller pilots in our R-44 Raven II, which has a weight capacity of 300 pounds per seat and a bit more legroom in the cabin. Q:What can I you with a Private Pilot’s License? A: As a Private Pilot with a helicopter rating, you will be able to fly anywhere you would like in a variety of helicopters, provided you maintain your medical certificate and stay within FAA guidelines. You will also be able to carry passengers but only for leisure purposes. You cannot fly for hire with a Private Pilot’s License. Q:What kind of work can I you with a Commercial Pilots License? A: Once you complete your training as a Commercial Pilot, you will be eligible to fly for hire. Most initial Commercial pilots start their aviation careers as flight instructors after achieving their CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) certificate. However, as a Commercial pilot you are able to work as a pilot in aerial photography, air charter, agricultural operations, surveillance, Emergency Medical Service (EMS), Electronic News Gathering (ENG) or a variety of other helicopter jobs. For more information, check out www.justhelicopters.com for job listings and requirements.