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What Should I Expect from Helicopter Pilot Training?

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  • Written By: Carol Francois
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  • Last Modified Date: 09 October 2018
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Helicopter pilot training is one of the most intense training programs available, requiring a combination of skill, fast thinking, and steady nerves. A helicopter pilot is responsible for the safe operation of the helicopter in a wide range of circumstances. Unlike airplanes, which typically have a pilot and co-pilot, most helicopter flights are solo, with no one to assist or relieve the helicopter pilot. There are four items to expect when starting helicopter pilot training: physical strain, memorization, repetition, and high pressure situations.

In helicopter pilot training, candidates are taught to complete basic maintenance and emergency repairs. In addition to this physical work, a helicopter pilot must be able to focus continuously for an extended period of time. This creates an increased level of physical strain, due to the tight confines of the helicopter. Most pilots develop a physical fitness regime during training to help them build the muscle strength required for this role. Maintaining a high degree of personal fitness also reduces the residual physical stress and strain of maintaining a fixed position.

There are a lot of facts, laws, rules, and regulations that must be memorized in helicopter pilot training. The ability to quickly memorize information and retain it is very important. Almost 60 percent of training is completed in the classroom. Be prepared for hours of class, followed by long hours of studying.

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The pass rate on many helicopter pilot examinations is between 75 percent and 80 percent, due to the level of responsibility and risk associated with this career. As a result, there is a significant amount of repetition involved in the training program. Students should be prepared to review the same material multiple times, so that they are able to achieve the level of skill required.

In helicopter pilot training, there are a series of high stress scenarios that students must work through. The ability to make good decisions under pressure, commitment to the safety of others, dedication, and emotional strength are all requirements of the job. As a result, students are put into high pressure situations to test their skills and help them develop the characteristics necessary to be successful.

All helicopter pilot training programs have long hours, packed schedules, and a very heavy workload. Students are expected to dedicate the time and effort required to be successful in this exclusive program. After a long day of classes, students must then have the discipline to study every night, complete assignments, and maintain their physical fitness.

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