I've have very good recommendations regarding HAI - does anyone have any experiences of OFT. OFT work out very slightly cheaper in that they have on site accommodation. Other than that the 2 companies are very competitively priced.
I'm looking at a 3 week intensive course - probably sometime around the January 2007 timeframe.
Any info on these 2 companies or any others who offer intensive courses will be gratefully received.
Being a plank driver myself(as I believe the heli guys call us) with a long interest in Heli's, I've done some research into this.
I believe HAI is one of the better options http://www.heli.com/
I've no first hand experience but I've talked with a few lads who have. They seem to be a very professional outfit with 32 aircraft, so plenty of choice and no problems if one goes tech. Alot of Irish guys go there and some work there.
I'll am doing the FAA CPL/IR (plane) next year and my plan is to do the commercial add on heli conversion course the following year with HAI. Seems like a good deal HAI offer.
The Schweizer chopper seems to be a more stable aircraft to fly and go solo in. It also has more room. No carb heater, as its fuel injected etc. Then you can convert to a Robinson or a turbine at a later stage.
I seem convinced by HAI, though I'd like to read other responses/ experiences from anybody. Let me know who you decide to go with YoYo.
All the best,
Now looking to complete a R44 sign off in the next few weeks. After that I'll be available to anyone who need help aviating their R44's anywhere
I'm in the process of writing up my experiences of my month at Ocean. I'll forward it to Mark when its nearly ready for publishing and let him descide if the Irish Aviator would be interested in my exploits. On the R44 side I completed about 7 hours including my night requirements for the PPL(H). I basically ran out of time before I could complete my R44 endorsement ride. I'm in the process of trying to set one up in Ireland at the moment.
i also did my PPL in Ocean. they are a great bunch of guys there. Family run and owned and the craic is mighty!!
Yo Yo did you do your CPL there or just the PPL? i want to do my CPL now but the FAA to CAA can be tricky i beleive. have you had any issue?
Do you think you will be able to afford to use it much in the future?
— Cecil Day Lewis
All in it cost me around ?11k including flights. I've written up my experiences so if you send me an email to the PM I responded yesterday I'll forward you on the document. It's 30 pages long. I've forwarded it to Mark who may publish it in FII.
I have not attempted to rent since returning. I'm getting a few circuits here and there
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