Helicopter Flight Training

Important: Simulator Facts That May Affect You!

If you are planning to start your career as a Certified Flight Instructor, Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) No 73 states that in order to teach in a Robinson R22/R44, you NEED 200 hours of flight time in a helicopter. If you received training with a simulator, while valuable, you may find that you need to pay for additional flight hours in order to meet the 200 flight hour requirement.
Our training programs include ONLY actual flight hours, not simulator training. If you are seeking training elsewhere that offers simulator training, be sure to also ask for pricing that includes actual flight hours.

Flying a helicopter is a skill that requires precision and training. When choosing helicopter flight training in the USA, the instructors and staff at your school of choice should be experienced, disciplined, and thorough. As a result, pilots trained at HeliStream develop the skills most trusted and sought-after in their field.

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24 hours a day – 7 days a week

(714) 662-3163 Orange County
(619) 448-2540 San Diego

HeliStream has established a long-standing reputation as one of the few superior helicopter flight training schools in the USA based on the following criteria:
  • Expert Flight Instructors
  • Methodized Syllabus
  • Systematic Training Program
  • Superior Aircraft & Large Fleet

Learn About Our Flight Training Program

Our dedication to thorough, hands-on instruction is based on the ideology that helicopter travel should be safe. Consequently, prospective HeliStream students often have questions about the helicopter flight training program our flight school offers:

Q: Do I have to be an airplane pilot first?

A: Many potential students believe that they must first acquire their airplane pilot’s license before they can pursue helicopter flight training in the United States. The truth is that an airplane pilot’s license has no bearing on your helicopter pilot’s license, and the latter must be earned separately.

Q: Is it difficult to learn to fly?

A: Although flying a helicopter adeptly does take time and practice, at HeliStream you fly the first day of class! The one-on-one guidance provided by our experienced instructors, together with the logical progression of the syllabus, lays a foundation that makes learning to fly easier as you progress.

Q: What should I do to prepare for training?

A: HeliStream offers training manuals and DVDs for purchase that will help you establish a solid foundation before your instruction begins. These helicopter flight training tools can be purchased directly from HeliStream and reinforce the training you receive from our instructors in the time between your sessions.

Q: Do you offer demonstration rides?

A: Yes. HeliStream offers demonstration rides that also count toward your requirement flight hours. A demonstration ride can be the first step toward completing your helicopter flight training program in the USA. To schedule a demonstration ride call HeliStream for details.

Q: Are helicopters safe?

A: Yes. Contrary to popular belief, helicopters are very safe. Most people think that if the engine stops in a helicopter you’ll drop like a rock. The truth is that you won’t. Through auto-rotation, lift is actually produced; enough to accommodate a very controlled and safe decent. The combination of auto-rotation and the maneuverability of a helicopter allow you to land safely in small areas without the necessity of a runway.

Helicopter flight training opens numerous career options in the United States. Our operation is a good example of the many types of job opportunities available for rotary wing pilots. These include helicopter charter services to different destinations around California as well as scenic tours and dinner excursions. Furthermore, our pilots are skilled in aerial photography, shuttle services, and utility services, including external load operations and security patrol.

The unique maneuvering and functionality of the helicopter makes it ideal for practical, recreational, and commercial use. Your helicopter flight training will be valuable to you as an individual and enable you to participate in a growing industry in the USA that needs well-trained, highly skilled pilots.