Our Professional Pilot Course provides you with the license and ratings needed to be employed as a CFI working for Star Helicopters, which then enables you to gain hours and experience as an instructor, tour pilot and be assigned commercial flights to reach the desired 1000 hours PIC. It generally takes about 18 months of instructing and commercial pilot flights before reaching approximately 1000 Pilot in Command (PIC) hours.
Many of the students at Star Helicopters want to take the maximum training possible to give them a true competitive advantage. Furthermore, they want to maximize the benefit they receive for the money they spend. For this reason, Star Helicopters has developed the Professional Pilot Program, a comprehensive curriculum of ground and flight instruction designed for the serious student with little or no flight experience.
This challenging program is tailored to each student’s career ambitions, and will provide the training and flight experience required to complete most or all of the following courses:
• Private Pilot
• Instrument Rating (Is an optional rating)
• Commercial Pilot
• Certified Flight Instructor – CFI
• Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument – CFII (Is an optional rating)
Star Helicopters can give you more training at little additional expense. For example, by completing your instrument rating prior to the commercial examination you will save money. This is because those hours will count towards the 150 hours required for your commercial certificate.
The advantage to our Professional Pilot Program graduates is that it is our goal to hire all of our students to work as a CFI for Star Helicopters upon graduation. You will be trained and mentored throughout your training towards the successful completion of all of your certificates. Upon graduation from our program you are a professional pilot and you will be hired by us. (See Restrictions Below)
Employment Restrictions: We are committed to the goal of hiring each of our Professional Pilot Program graduates. We take flying seriously and expect nothing less from our Students and potential Pilots.
There are responsibilities that we expect each of our students to adhere to as well as rules imposed by the FAA. Your Flight Instructor will mentor and guide you throughout your training to insure your success with us. You will always know where you stand with us. Our doors are always open to assist you. We want you to succeed and we will offer suggestions and help along the way to help you achieve your Professional Pilot goals. Your successful completion of our program starts you on your Professional Pilot journey and gives us another well trained Professional Pilot!
Consider your training period to be a yearlong interview with us. At any time that you do not conduct yourself in a professional and safe manner, your flight instructor will consult with you. Depending on the severity of the incident, you may receive additional training, an incident report in your training packet or termination from the Professional Pilot Program.
Attendance, although we do not have a fixed schedule and training is at your own time and pace, we won’t tolerate excessive no-shows to the training that you have scheduled. We expect a 24 hour notice of cancellation, unless you have an emergency. We figure if a student repeatedly fails to show up for their training, they may repeatedly fail to show up for work.
If you have an attitude or personality that rubs everyone the wrong way, you probably won’t fit into our company! If you have an issue with a particular instructor of ours, we will make arrangements for you to train with another instructor.
Once you complete your Private Pilot training you will be asked to take a pre-employment drug screening and be enrolled in our FAA random drug testing program. If you fail the initial drug screening or any random test, you will be terminated from our program immediately.
Alcohol abuse and use is not tolerated by us or the FAA while you are training. What does that statement mean to you? The FAA rule is no alcohol within 8 hours of Piloting an Aircraft, while under the influence of alcohol or a blood alcohol level of 0.04 or greater. As Professional Pilots we follow the 24 hours from bottle to throttle rule of common sense.
DUI, if you receive a DUI during your training, your Medical will be revoked by the FAA and you have basically ruined your chances at becoming a Professional Pilot for years and you will be terminated from our training program.