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Heli Flight Instruction

Neacola Mtn Air, LLC offers Part 61 Flight instruction in a Robinson R22 Mariner II (Beta II) helicopter. The Robinson R22 helicopter is a two place, single engine helicopter and is the leading choice in airframes for helicopter instruction. The Mariner II helicopter has a Lycoming 180 hp engine and in addition to traditional landing gear the Mariner has fixed floats for added adventure.

Discovery Flight

Perfect for someone who is curious about learning to fly helicopters and wants to see what it is like to take the controls. The session includes 30 minutes of mandatory ground instruction before jumping in the helicopter to fly. The potential student will get to manipulate the controls and get to feel what it’s like to hover a helicopter and experience the freedom of flight.

  • $170-30 minutes of ground instruction and 30 minutes of flight instruction
  • $330-30 minutes of ground instruction and 60 minutes of flight instruction

Ready to Fly? Contact us today about our discovery helicopter flights.

Meet your Instructor

STACIA JOYCE

Flight Seeing Helicopter Alaska

Instruction is given by Stacia Joyce who has over 16 years of experience flying helicopters and is one of the Owners of Neacola Mtn Air, LLC. Most instructors are newly rated pilots who are instructing to build time and move on to other helicopter jobs; Stacia has instructed in both R22 and R44’s in high altitude and mountainous terrain and has flown in Alaska over 14 years. She has done everything from offshore oil platforms; flying geologists and utility workers to remote sites; tours in Southeast Alaska and Denali to present day flying the local Helicopter Air Ambulance contract in Southcentral. Stacia started her career flying Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters and has flown a variety of helicopters over the years such as the Airbus AS350 B2/B3, Bell 212/412, 206 and 407 and AgustaWestland AW139. Stacia is also a Commercial Rated Airplane Single Engine Land and Sea pilot and flies a Piper PA-18 150 super cub.

Stacia brings real world experience to the table and can help guide you on a path to a career as a professional helicopter pilot. She knows and works in the industry which is something other schools cannot always offer.

Pricing Details

  • Dual Instruction:$300 /hr
  • Solo Instruction:$280 /hr
  • Ground Instruction:$80 /hr

Questions? Call us at 907-350-1001

Certificates

Neacola Mtn Air offers the following helicopter ratings:

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Neacola Mtn Air offers the following Part 61 training programs:

Private Pilot Flight Training

Be 17 years of age
Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
Must log *40 hours flight time that includes 20 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor and 10 hours of solo flight and the training must include at least:
3 hours of cross-country flight training in a helicopter.
3 hours of night flight training in a helicopter that includes:

  • one cross country flight over 50nm
  • 10 takeoffs and 10 landings to a full stop with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.

3 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor in a helicopter in preparation for the practical test which must have been performed within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

10 hours Solo Flight in a helicopter consisting of at least:

  • 3 hours cross country time
  • one solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nm total distance with landings at a minimum of 3 points and one segment of the flight being a straight-line distance of at least 25nm between the takeoff and landing
  • 3 takeoffs and 3 landings to a full stop with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport with an operating control tower.

Additional Costs:
FAA Written Exam
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

*The 40 hour requirement is an FAA minimum, real world flight time is more in the neighborhood of 55-65 hours of flight time and around 40 hours of ground school to be proficient enough to pass the Private Pilot Check ride.

Commercial Pilot Flight Training

Be at least 18 years of age; hold at least a private pilot certificate.
Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language.
A person who applies for a commercial pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category and helicopter class rating must log at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot that consists of:
100 hours in a powered aircraft, of which 50 hours must be in helicopters
100 hours of pilot in command flight time, which includes at least:

  • 35 hours in helicopters
  • 10 hours in cross country flight in helicopters
  • 20 hours of training that includes at least:
    • 5 hours of instrument training in a helicopter
    • One 2-hour cross country flight in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nm from the original point of departure
    • One 2-hour cross country in a helicopter in night VFR condition consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nm from the original point of departure.
    • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the check ride.

10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter or 10 hours of flight time performing the duties of pilot in command in a helicopter with an authorized instructor on board (either of which may be credited toward the 100-hour flight time requirement listed above) which includes at least:

  • One cross country flight with landings at a minimum of 3 points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nm from the original point of departure.
  • 5 hours of night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.

Additional Costs:
FAA Written Exam
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) Flight Training

To be eligible for a Certified Flight Instructor Rating a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language.
  • Hold either a commercial helicopter certificate or Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with an aircraft category and class rating that is appropriate to the flight instructor rating sought.
  • Pass the FAA written, oral and flight examination
  • Log at least 15 hours as pilot in command in the category and class of helicopter to be flown.
  • Receive and log flight and ground training from an authorized instructor in areas listed in 61.187 (b).  Receive a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor.

Real world flight time is about 10 hours of dual instruction and about 15 hours of ground school.

Additional Costs:
FAA Written Exam
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

Pilot Refresher Course

The Pilot Refresher Course (PRC) is a thorough training course that goes beyond a typical flight review or make/model recurrent training. This course is intended for individuals who hold a Helicopter Pilot Certificate and already have flight experience in the appropriate aircraft. This comprehensive course is packed with 8 hours of ground, 4 hours of flight and 4 hours of pre-flight/de-brief.

Upon completion of the PRC, you will have attained the following:

  • Fight Review logbook endorsement FAR Part 61.56(a), FAR 61, SFAR 73(d)
  • Daytime passenger-carrying currency for Rotorcraft-Helicopter FAR Part 61.57(a)
  • Night time passenger-carrying currency for Rotorcraft-Helicopter FAR Part 61.57(b)
  • Cross country and night time
  • R22 Flight Review logbook endorsement FAR 61, SFAR 73 (b)(ii), (c)(1)(2)(3)

Ground Training Content

The PRC includes 6 hours of comprehensive ground training, designed to give you a solid understanding of the Federal Aviation Regulations, the Pilot Operating Handbook, Aircraft Systems, airspace and weather review etc… Below is a summary of the training content:

  • Federal Aviation Regulations
  • Review of regulations and recent rules changes to Parts 61 and 91
  • In-depth airworthiness regulations
  • SFAR 73 R22
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Airframe and Engine Overview
  • Aerodynamics Review
  • Aircraft performance and limitations Review
  • Recent Airworthiness Directives (ADs), Service Bulletins and recommendations
  • Airspace, airports, and weather
  • Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs)
  • Runway safety and incursion avoidance (including new nationwide radio phraseology, airport operational procedures, and taxiway markings, etc)
  • Noise abatement procedures and flying neighborly industry practices
  • Hazardous weather avoidance and weather planning
  • Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM)
  • Accident case study relevant to your operational flight profile
  • Review of NTSB Reports
  • Personal risk analysis

Flight Training Content

  • Focus is placed on the FAA’s Special Emphasis Areas of the Practical Test Standards (PTS) at the certificate level held by the Trainee-Aircraft control
  • Single-Pilot Resource Management (SRM) overview and skill development-Decision Making
  • Completion standards start broad and gradually tighten to PTS standards for the level of pilot certificate held
  • Basic through advanced maneuvers covering every task required for the initial issuance of the Trainee’s pilot certificate level (Rotorcraft-Helicopter)
  • Cross-country flight time (good for categorical time building) and overview of cross country flight planning, weather, services available to airmen, etc
  • Night flight (elective flight lesson – satisfies night passenger-carrying currency and good for categorical time building)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Read, speak, write and understand English

If in the instructor’s judgement, the performance standards are not met, or limitations are consistently exceeded, performance will be considered unsatisfactory. Further training may be necessary to meet the acceptable standards. Each situation will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Add-On Programs:

Private Pilot Add-On

If you hold a Private Pilot Fixed Wing certificate you can add your helicopter rating to your certificate. The FAA minimum number of flight hours is 30, realistically you will end up flying closer to 50 or 60 hours to be proficient enough to pass the FAA check ride.

You do not have to take another written exam.

Additional Costs:
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

Commercial Pilot Add-On

If you hold a Commercial Pilot Fixed Wing Certificate and a Private Pilot Helicopter Certificate you can add your Commercial Helicopter Rating on your certificate. A total of 150 hours of total flight time, of which 50 hours of flight time must be in helicopters to obtain a commercial helicopter add on rating.

  • 35 hours in helicopters
  • 10 hours in cross country flight in helicopters
  • 20 hours of training that includes at least:
    • One cross country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in day VFR conditions, consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nm from the original point of departure
    • One cross country flight of at least 2 hours in a helicopter in night VFR condition consisting of a total straight-line distance of more than 50 nm from the original point of departure.
    • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test in a helicopter which must have been performed within 60 days preceding the date of the check ride.

10 hours of solo flight time in a helicopter which includes at least:

  • One cross country flight with landings at a minimum of 3 points, with one segment consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 50 nm from the original point of departure.
  • 5 hours of night VFR conditions with 10 takeoffs and 10 landings with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern.

Ground school time will vary depending on the student but an average of 15-20 hours can be expected.

Additional Costs:
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

Certified Flight Instructor Add-On

You are not required to take a written exam.
You must hold a Commercial Helicopter Certificate
Real world hours to obtain a helicopter CFI Add-on is about 10 hours of flight time and about 5 hours of ground instruction.

Additional Costs:
Practical Exam
Books and supplies

Advanced Flight Instruction Add-On

Mountain Flying Course
Helicopter Float flying

We hope to offer Instrument ratings in the future.

Helicopter Flight Training Reviews

Stacia Joyce is passionate about all things helicopters! She enjoys sharing her knowledge, expertise and exceptional helicopter flight training services to both new and seasoned pilots. Read what her students have to say.

Dreams do come true-it’s never too late! Sometimes it’s easier said than done putting one foot in front of the other and taking strides toward your dreams. However, success doesn’t come from hesitation it comes through action. I’ve found that though dreams can become hidden they are never lost. Nearing the end of phase one of training, it’s easy to reflect on how I have come so far despite the internal struggles of confidence and fear of failure.

I have surrounded myself with people of good moral and ethical values, people who practice structure and high standards of training, see attainable challenging goals, and are the epitome of sound foundational support. Neacola Mountain Air isn’t just a flight school, it’s a personal commitment to your success and future in aviation - Neacola is family….

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