international helicopter pilot training and license conversion near Miami, Florida USA. M-1 Visa

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Welcome international students

Helicopter Academy is proud to offer our high quality helicopter pilot training to international students looking to build a career in helicopter aviation or convert their existing certificate to a USA license.

Prospective students from India, please contact our office located in Mumbai.

How it works

We write you an M-1 visa, pick you up at the Miami Airport and show you to free housing* near the training airport.   If you have a commercial airplane rating you can get a FAA commercial helicopter rating in as little as 50 hours (50 hours x $300/hour = $15,000). If you have no experience it will be  a minimum of 150 hours (150 hours x $300/hour = $45,000).   Medical exam is about $100 and check rides about $500.   If you have a private helicopter rating and need to build more hours we have a great time-building program where you fly on a photo contract with an instructor at the rate of $250/hour.

*We offer free housing for bachelors flying 20 hours per month or more in South Florida where you can fly every day of the year!

If you are an airplane pilot from any country we will take you to the FAA and convert that license to an FAA license and start flying right away.  Call 561-346-2816 and we will discuss this.

We provide the following flight training opportunities

Private Pilot Certificate
The Private Pilot Program is intended for people who may be learning to fly as a hobby, personal business or who are planning to purchase their own aircraft. With your Private Pilot Certificate you are allowed to take family, friends and co-workers on board your aircraft or the aircraft you are renting while acting as Pilot in Command. Learn more

Instrument Rating
The instrument rating course is for private helicopter pilots who wish to enhance their flying skills and learn more about navigation, weather and the air traffic control system. It is also for commercial pilots who want to gain a competitive edge in the job market, and meet the employment requirements of many EMS, offshore and corporate operators. Learn more

Commercial Pilot Certificate
The commercial pilot course is for private helicopter pilots who wish to continue their helicopter pilot training, either to gain increased proficiency or with an eye towards possible future employment. Learn more

Certified Flight Instructor
You'll most likely need this to get a job. This course is for pilots who hold a commercial pilot certificate with a helicopter rating and wish to obtain a flight instructor certificate. A flight instructor certificate allows a pilot to give flight instruction and to endorse the logbooks of others. This program is highly recommended to maximize employment potential.   Your first job will likely be an instructor as these are the easiest jobs to obtain.  You will most likely need 300 hours total time in helicopters for these positions as that is the threshold most helicopter insurance policies require. Our program assumes you have 300 hours helicopter time with 100 hours flying from the left seat after you get your commercial pilot certificate. Learn more

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
This course is for instrument rated commercial pilots with a helicopter rating, usually flight instructors, who want to expand their teaching abilities. Learn more

Time Building
Helicopter Academy offers unique opportunities for pilots looking to add flight-time to their logbooks. Because we are an official training center for BOATPIX.COM, qualified pilots and Helicopter Academy graduates have the chance to build time at only $250 per flight hour.  Learn more

Serious about a career in aviation? Please fill out an application here.

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