There is no other experience like flying a helicopter. No other machine can move up, down, right, left, and diagonal. It is a one of a kind experience and some people have made it their careers or past time. If getting your helicopter license has always been a dream of yours but you don’t know where to start, here are four steps when considering enrolling in a Helicopter Pilot Training Course.

1. Call your local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office)
This is the best place to start. They will have local, specific helicopter training schools and the best resources on helicopter license requirements.

2. Set up a fly along with your local helicopter school or airport.
Flying through the air at 150 mph manoeuvring up, down, right and left, getting a full 360 degree experience. We all see it in movies but not many of us have experienced a real helicopter flight. It could not be for everyone. Before you invest the money in a flight program take a ride along. It will either reaffirm your love for flying and get you mentally prepared and excited to start a program. Or prove that flying isn’t for you without wasting the money of tuition.

3. Brainstorm what all you could use your Helicopter License for.
Is it just for personal flight and entertainment? Then a private license is all you would need. Do you want to make a career of it? Then you need to advance to a Commercial License. if becoming a helicopter pilot is the career you want to pursue have an idea of what field you want to go into.Helicopter are used in  medical, farming, construction, executive travel, news, tours, training, education and more. While you are researching if helicopter flight is for you and what school works best for you, keep the long term in mind to. Ask questions about what each career field can offer and what career field your specific area supports the best.

4. Visit local helicopter training schools from the list you got from FSDO.
Set up meetings to get a feel for how each school works and which one best suits you.
Make sure to jot down a couple specific questions for each school. Once the visits are done you will have plenty of information to base your decision off of.

Deciding to start in a helicopter license program is a huge and exciting step! But it shouldn't be taken without heavy research and consideration for what kind of schools and programs and job opportunities are in your area. Just like the financial commitment of going to a regular university a helicopter training program is an investment in your future