Helicopter Flight Training - Current Pricing:

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The prices for Northeast Helicopters are current as of 4-2013. 

For questions about how our pricing models are calculated, please see the "common questions about our pricing model"   section at the bottom of this document.

 

Private Pilot
Instrument Rating
Commercial Pilot
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating (CFII)
ProTrac

ATP

Add-On Ratings


Private Pilot Course

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FAA Course Minimums* Min. Cost
30 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr.
$8,850
5 Hours Solo Flight @ $255.00 per hr.
$1,275
20 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr.
$900
10 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr.
$450
1 Examiner Fee
$500
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr.
$255
Books and Supplies includes headset and bag (Approximate)
$925
Total  $13,305
 
NEH Course Average* Avg. Cost
53 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr.
$15,635
7 Hours Solo Flight @ $255.00 per hr.
$1,785
40 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr.
$1,800
13 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr.
$585
1 Examiner Fee
$500
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1.5 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr.
$382.5
Books and Supplies includes headset and bag (Approximate)
$920
Total
$22,132.50

Instrument Rating

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Course Minimums* Min. Cost

35 Hours Dual Instruction @

$325.00 per hr.

$11,375

30 Hours Professional Ground

School @ $45.00 per hr.

$1,350
8 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefing @ $45.00 per hr.
$360
1 Examiner Fee
$450
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr.
$255

Books and Supplies

(Approximate)

$140
TOTAL
$14,080
 
Course Average*

Avg. Cost

57.5 Hours Dual Instruction @ $325.00 per hr.
$18,687.5
40 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr. $1,800
11 Hour Pre/Post Flight Briefing @ $45.00 per hr.
$495
1 Examiner Fee
$450
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1.5 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr.
$382.5
Books and Supplies (Approximate)
$140
TOTAL
$22,105

Commercial Pilot

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Course Minimums* Min. Cost
78 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr with Private & Instrument Rating
$23,010
10 Hours Solo Flight @ $255.00 per hr
$2,550
5 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$255
16 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr
$720
1 Examiner Fee
$500
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$255

Books and Supplies

(Approximate)

$60
TOTAL $27,500
 
Course Average* Avg. Cost
30 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr with Private & Instrument Rating
$8,850
10 Hours Solo Flight @ $255.00 per hr
$2,550
10 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$900
10 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr
$450
1 Examiner Fee
$500
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1.5 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$382.5
Books and Supplies (Approximate)
$60
TOTAL
$13,842.5

Why the minimum hours are greater than the average hours.

Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

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Course Minimums* Min. Cost
3 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr
$885
5 Hours Advanced Dual Instruction @ $325.00 per hr
$1,625
10 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$450
2 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr
$90
1 Examiner Fee
$600
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$255

Books and Supplies

(Approximate)

$60
TOTAL
$4115
 
Course Average* Avg. Cost
10 Hours Dual Instruction @ $295.00 per hr
$2,950
 5 Hours Advanced Dual Instruction @ $325.00 per hr
$1,625
20 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$900
6 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr
$270
1 Examiner Fee
$600
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1.5 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$382.5
Books and Supplies (Approximate)
$60
TOTAL
$6,937.5

Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating (CFII)

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Course Minimums* Min. Cost
3 Hours Dual Instruction @ $325.00 per hr
$975
5 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$225
1 Hour Pre/Post Flight Briefing @ $45.00 per hr
$45
1 Examiner Fee
$450
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$255

Books and Supplies

(Approximate)

$30
TOTAL
$2,130
 
Course Average* Avg. Cost
10 Hours Dual Instruction @ $325.00 per hr
$3,250
10 Hours Professional Ground School @ $45.00 per hr
$450
2 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr
$90
1 Examiner Fee
$450
1 Written Exam Fee $150
Approximate 1.5 Hours Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr
$382.5
Books and Supplies (Approximate)
$30
TOTAL
$4,802.5

ProTrac - Professional Pilot Course

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Pro-Trac Minimums Min. Cost
Private Pilot Course
$13,305
Instrument Course
$14,080
Commercial Course
$27,500
Certified Flight Instructor Course (CFI)
$4,115
Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Course (CFII)
$2,130
Misc. Courses:  Safety Course, Wire Strike Course, Long Line Course
$0.00
Robinson Factory Pilot Training *
$400
TOTAL $61,530
 
Pro-Trac Average Min. Cost
Private Pilot Course
$22,132.5
Instrument Course
$22,105
Commercial Course
$13,842.5
Certified Flight Instructor Course (CFI)
$6,937.5
Certified Flight Instrument Instructor Course (CFII)
$4,802.5
Misc. Courses:  Safety Course, Wire Strike Course, Long Line Course
$0.00
Robinson Factory Pilot Training *
$400
TOTAL $70,220

The Robinson Safety Course is required for all students that are interested in instructing at most flight schools, including Northeast Helicopters.  This cost is paid directly to Robinson Helicopter Company, not Northeast Helicopters. 

Airline Transport Pilot (ATP)

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The ATP rating training requirements are tailored to match each individual applicant's unique experiences in the industry. Please contact the school and ask for the Assistant Chief Pilot who will help you customize your ATP program accordingly.

Rotorcraft Add-On Ratings:

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Pricing for add-on ratings other than private (instrument, commercial, etc.) is custom tailored to meet the needs and levels of experience of each individual applicant.  Please contact the school and ask for the Assistant Chief Pilot to discuss your specific program requirements based upon your aviation experience.

Private Pilot Add-On

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This pricing is for Rated Fixed Wing Pilots looking to add a Rotorcraft Rating.  Please see the private-pilot add-on page for details.

Course Minimums*

Min. Cost

20 Hours Dual Instruction @

$295.oo per hr.

$5,900

15 Hours Professional Ground

School @ $45.00 per hr.

$675

10 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings

@ $45.00 per hr.

$450
1 Examiner Fee
$400

Approximate 1 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00 per hr.

$255

Books and Supplies includes

headset and bag (Approximate)

$110
Total $7,790
 
Course Average* Avg. Cost

30 Hours Dual Instruction @

$295.00 per hr.

$ 8,850

30 Hours Professional Ground

School @ $45.00 per hr.

$1,350

10 Hours Pre/Post Flight Briefings @ $45.00 per hr.

$450
1 Examiner Fee
$400
Approximate 1.5 Hour Final Exam Flight Rental Fee @ $255.00  per hr.
$382.5

Books and Supplies includes

headset and bag (Approximate)

$110
Total
          $11,542.5

 

Some Common Questions About Our Pricing Model:

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Prices do not include CT Sales Tax (6.35%).

Pricing is based on flight in the Robinson R22 Helicopter.

Pricing does not reflect temporary fuel surcharges.  

Northeast Helicopters reserves the right to adjust pricing when necessary.

Course Duration and Cost:

Actual course duration and the total cost will vary upon a students proficiency with flight training and ground school.  No flight school, including NEH guarantees a student a license, you must be able to pass an FAA exam.

Due to changing weather conditions and individual student proficiency, NEH cannot guarantee any of the courses duration.  There are many factors involved during training that can slow down your completion of a course.  NEH will advise each student prior to enrollment reasonable goals for completion times of the different courses.

The Course Minimums are calculated based upon the FAA Minimum requirements.  Most industry experts agree that while it is possible to achieve ratings at the minimums, this is usually quite rare, although not impossible. Still we feel it's our duty to provide a baseline comparison and a realistic cost number to you for planning your training.

The Course Average cost is a more realistic average cost that a student will spend while building the necessary proficiency to pass the flight exam.  We built this average by looking at the mean cost of what many previous years' students have achieved their ratings in with respect to flight training time. Not all flight schools will present an average cost, but proper budgeting is the only way we can help you plan for success. To discuss your individual training costs or any particular questions, never hesitate to contact us.

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We are also often asked, why in your pricing is it that the "Average Cost" for a Commercial Rating less than the " FAA Minimum Cost", when all of the other averages are higher than minimums? 

In order to achieve a Commercial Helicopter Rating, you MUST have at least 150 hours of flight time as a pilot in an aircraft, and 100 hours of Pilot in Command Time in a helicopter.   Since most of our students will spend more time than the minimum in achieving each rating on the way to a Commercial Certificate, by the time they enter the Commercial program, they already have more hours towards Commercial under their belts, leaving less remaining hours until they reach the required time.  If you complete your prior ratings in less than the average times, then you can expect the Commercial rating to be the place where you will make up the difference.