Our flight school was founded in 1993 by Peter Stähli. It is our goal to provide excellent flight instruction resulting in helicopter pilots that are proficient in flight knowledge with superior flight abilities, and who are prepared to enter the job market.

‍‍‍We have been approved and authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to teach our students under Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 61 and FAR Part 141 (HO0S616K). The FAA approval places Helipro on a very short list of helicopter flight schools that meet the rigorous requirements necessary to be a Part 141 training program.

‍‍‍Furthermore we can offer you the chance to earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree in applied science in aviation while learning to fly with us. This service can be provided through our partnership with Charter College. This program provides student pilots with a more complete education, and better prepares them for a successful career in aviation. Find out more about the program here.

We can help our students with financing their training. While we cannot offer financial aid through the school directly, we have partnered with Pilot Finance Inc. to help our students to fund their training. Find out more about student financing here.

We are also VA approved, meaning eligible Veterans can use their hard-earned benefits to help pay for their flight training. Find out more about our Veterans program here.
While our main focus lies on flight instruction, we also offer
other services, including Scenic Helicopter Tours at the beautiful Central Coast as well as Aerial Photography / Video, Frost Prevention, Power line & Pipe line control.
Safety is our first priority. At Helipro nothing matters more than ensuring that every student is as safe as possible.

In 2017 Helipro entered to be part of a bigger family. The fusion with Altitude Helicopters has brought new energy, experiences, perspective and goals. Altitude Helicopters, founded in 1992, is an international venture in aviation business with branches in US, Nepal and Italy. A family business, founded in 1994 in Italy, expanding its activities and exploring areas of business and geographically different environments. From the Italian Dolomites to the southern beaches of Puglia, from the highest peaks of Nepal to the most remote areas of Africa, our team of extremely experienced helicopter pilots and technicians has been challenged to the highest possible level of perfection in order to perform missions at the very limit of feasibility. Together Helipro and Altitude Helicopters formed Ameristar Aviation with the aim of being a point of reference for the helicopter training.
The opening of a second flight school in the U.S. is only the latest chapter of the story of our project, but possibly the most exciting so far. Training, carrying our experience and sharing our passion to future pilots is a tremendous responsibility and a great opportunity.

Helipro is a well-established flight school, providing flight training since 1993. It is our goal to provide excellent instruction resulting in helicopter pilots that are proficient in flight knowledge with superior flight abilities, and who are prepared to enter the helicopter pilot job market.

‍‍‍Your training at Helipro will be very personal and individual, much like a family. Due to the small size of our flight school, we can provide a very flexible training schedule based on your needs, time and availability. Our instructors are available from Monday – Sunday. 

Helipro is located at the San Luis Obispo Regional airport (KSBP). The advantage of this location is, that training can be conducted right after take off. In other training areas, for example Los Angeles, students must fly for over half an hour before reaching areas suitable for proper training. The close proximity of mountain ranges allows us to provide mountain training and high altitude operations as well. Find more information about the airport here.

Helipro is a high-quality, highly regulated school that is approved by the FAA under Part 141. This places Helipro within a very short list of helicopter training programs that have proven to the FAA that their Standardized Curriculum meets the rigorous requirements necessary to be a FAR Part 141 facility.

San Luis Obispo has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. On average, there are 287 sunny days per year, which makes it a perfect location for your flight training. For more information check out the website of chamber of commerce.

Helipro can help our students with financing their training. While we cannot offer financial aid through the school directly, we have partnered with Pilot Finance Inc. to help our students t‍‍‍o fund their training. Find out more about student financing here.  ‍‍‍

At Helipro, our pilots have the opportunity to work as flight instructors (if there is an opening) after their training is complete.

Your basic training will take place in San Luis Obispo, California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo, or SLO is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. In your free time you can enjoy the beautiful and fascinating landscapes of the Central Coast or take a trip over the weekend to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Watch a video about San Luis Obispo, published in the New York Times.

Robinson R22 Beta

PREPARE TO TAKEOFF

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Our Fleet

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

PERFORMANCE

Never exceed speed: 130 kts

Cruise speed: 110 kts

Range: 300 miles

Max. operating altitude: 14.000 feet density altitude

To find out more about the helicopters we operate, please visit the website of the manufacturer.

‍‍‍Why choose us?

+1 (805) 543 2713

PHYSICAL ADDRESS.

MAILING ADDRESS.

945B Airport Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

4349 Old Santa Fe Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Capacity: 2, including pilot

Maximum weight per seat (including baggage compartment): 240 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight: 1370 lbs.

Powerplant: Lycoming O-320 B2C, 160 BHP (Brake Horse Power)

Main tank usable capacity: 19.2 US gallons

Auxiliary tank usable capacity: 10.5 US gallons

Never exceed speed: 102 kts

Cruise speed: 75 kts

Range: 240 miles

Max. operating altitude: 14.000 feet density altitude

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

PERFORMANCE

Capacity: 4, including pilot

Air Conditioning

Aspen Evo EFD1000H Pro/HSI Flight Display

Garmin GTR225 Com Radio

Garmin GTN750 GPS/Com/Nav

ELT

Payload: 748 lbs.

Maximum weight per seat (including baggage compartment): 300 lbs.

Maximum weight in either baggage compartment: 50 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight: 2500 lbs.

Powerplant: Lycoming IO-540-AE1A5, 245 (Brake Horse Power)

Main tank usable capacity: 30.6 US gallons

Auxiliary tank usable capacity: 18.3 US gallons

Robinson R44 Raven II - Instrument Trainer

Graduates

Congratulations to our graduates, who have successfully passed their check rides.‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍

NEW Robinson R22 Beta - Instrument Trainer

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

PERFORMANCE

Capacity: 2, including pilot

Instrumentation (9-hole panel):

- Attitude Indicator

- Turn Coordinator

- Horizontal Situation Indicator

- Marker Beacon

- Digital Transponder (KT76C)

- Garmin 430

Maximum weight per seat (including baggage compartment): 240 lbs.

Maximum takeoff weight: 1370 lbs.

Powerplant: Lycoming O-320 B2C, 160 BHP (Brake Horse Power)

Main tank usable capacity: 19.2 US gallons

Auxiliary tank usable capacity: 10.5 US gallons

Never exceed speed: 102 kts

Cruise speed: 75 kts

Range: 240 miles

Max. operating altitude: 14.000 feet density altitude

NE‍‍‍W SBPA XR22/44 AATD

SPECIFICATIONS

The XR22-44 Robinson Helicopter Trainer provides realistic and true-to-scale cockpit design, avionics, and reliable hardware/software performance. This platform also provides an effective training environment for student and certified pilots, providing the best experience in flight simulation. This includes the capability of practicing scenario-based flight training courses, emergency procedures, pilot evaluations, instrument procedures and increased pilot proficiency overall.

With this training device you can log up to 20 hours towards your Instrument Rating, which equates to lower costs for your flight training.

To find out more about the flight training device, please visit this website.

Download the letter of authorization from the FAA

Become a professional helicopter pilot

We get you in to the cockpit

Choosing a flight school is not only about getting t‍‍‍he best deal. It's also sharing a philosophy, follow a vision, getting close to a world of passion, getting trained to the challenges of the real aviation world and in some way it's choosing to be part of a "family".

In 2017 Helipro entered in a bigger international aviation company which is now developed i‍‍‍n several continents, with operations in different fields and contexts. The ‘family’ have now business relations and cooperation in several areas of operation that allow us to offer our students a professional enrichment and the enjoyment of unique know-how.The partners working with us are familiar with our expertise and professionalism, they recognize how our students are trained to the same high standards they operate with.

28. Dec. 2012 - Mario Papes, PPL
12. Dec. 2012 - Marco Anthamatten, CFI
08. Nov. 2012 - Manuel Landgraf, CPL
13. Oct. 2012 - Marco Anthamatten, CPL
18. Sep. 2012 - Johannes Koll‍‍‍hoff, CFI
14. Jul. 2012 - Hannes Stettler, PPL
02. Jul. 2012 – Michael Studer, CPL

02. Jul. 2012 – Manuel Landgraf, PPL
05. Mar. 2012 – Moreno Demonti, CPL
‍‍‍05. Ma‍‍‍r‍‍‍. 2012 – Michael Studer, PPL
21. Jan. 2012 – Alexander Pfeiffer, CPL
21. Jan. 2012 – Ryan Zierman, PPL
06. Jan. 2012 – Moreno Demonti, PPL

2012

18. Dec. 2011 – Stephan Schanderl, PPL
14. Nov. 2011 – Alexander Pfeiffer, PPL
01. Sep. 2011 – Matthias Vogt, CFI
14. Aug. 2011 – Hermann Brunner, PPL
13. Aug. 2011 – Matthias Vogt, CPL
08. Jul. 2011 – Stephan Knauer, PPL
02. Jul. 2011 – Urs Kessler, CFI
16. Jun. 2011 – Angelo Lanfranconi, CFI‍‍‍
09. Jun. 2011 – Alois Beer, PPL

13. May 2011 – Angelo Lanfranconi, CPL
13. May 2011 – Marco Wegmueller, CPL
11. May 2011 – Hans Kunz, CFI
29. Apr. 2011 – Christopher Fisher, CPL
21. Apr. 2011 – Florian Schipflinger, CFI
‍‍‍14. Mar. 2011 – Urs‍‍‍ ‍‍‍Kessler, CPL
14. Mar. 2011 – Harry Hartmann, CPL
09. Mar. 2011 – Florian Schipflinger, CPL
09. Mar. 2011 – Angelo Lanfranconi, PPL

‍‍‍2011‍‍‍‍‍‍

14. Nov. 2013 - Joschka Christner, PPL
08. Nov. 2013 - Gabriel Klauser, CPL
08. Nov. 2013 - Thomas Forberg, CPL
30. Oct. 2013 - Jan Huggenber‍‍‍g, PPL
06. Sep. 2013 - Gabriel Klauser, PPL
29. Aug. 2013 - Thomas Forberg, PPL
16. Aug. 2013 - Andreas Roesti, CFI
12. Jul. 2013 - Silvio Ludin, CFI

08. May 2013 - Silvio Ludin, CPL
‍‍‍20‍‍‍.‍‍‍ Apr. 2013 - Hanno Blatzheim, PPL
18. Apr. 2013 - Manuel Landgraf, CFI
15. Apr. 2013 - Sam Aguilar, PPL
11. Mar. 2013 - Martin Wicha, CPL
02. Mar. 2013 - Silvio Ludin, PPL
17. Jan. 2013 - Michael Harder, CPL

20‍‍‍13

‍‍‍‍‍‍23. Dec. 2016 - Vincent Dutoit, CPL
20. Dec. 2016 - Mitchel Joiner, IFR
17. Dec. 2016 - Patrick Everhart, CPL
16. Nov. 2016 - Bernhard Egarter, PPL
04. Nov. 2016 - Ryan Felch, PPL
‍‍‍31. Oct. 2016 - Vincent Dutoit, PPL
13. Oct. 2016 - Vera Aitzinger, CFI
‍‍‍30. Sep. 2016 - Simon Kün‍‍‍zler, PPL
‍‍‍08. ‍‍‍Sep. 2016 - Stefan Aebli, CPL
30. Aug. 2016 - Mitchel Joiner, CPL
30. Aug. 2016 - Vera Aitzinger, CPL

18. July 2016 - Robin Reich, PPL
11. July 2016 - Vera Aitzinger, PPL
07. July 2016 - Christian Gautschi, PPL
07. July 2016 - Stefan Aebli, PPL
28.‍‍‍ May 2016 – Feras Al-Shahrrani, CPL
13. May 2016 – Gabriel Berger, CPL
15. Apr. 2016 - Feras Al-Sharrani, PPL
25. Mar. 2016 - Fabian Renggli, PPL
15. Mar. 2‍‍‍016 - Nora Anichhofer, PPL
15. Mar. 2016 - Gabriel Berger, PPL
05. Mar. 2016 - Mitchel Joiner, PPL

‍‍‍201‍‍‍6

25. Nov. 2014 - Jacob Holt, CPL
‍‍‍31. Oct. 2014 ‍‍‍- Sim‍‍‍on Anthamatten, PPL
30. Oct. 2014 - Alexander Suesstrunk, CPL
08. Oct. 2014 - Simon Rebsamen, CPL
03. Sep. 2014 - Stefan Fluetsch, PPL
13. Aug. 2014 - Mitchell Moon, PPL
11. Jul. 2014 - Jacob Holt, PPL

01. Jul. 2014 - Flurin Vilgertshofer, CPL
01. Jul. 2014 - Gian Marco Caviezel, CPL
04. Jun. 2014 - Levin Eggler, PPL
‍‍‍06. May 2014 -‍‍‍ F‍‍‍lurin Vilgertshofer, PPL
06. May 2014 - Klaus Streinesberger, CPL
05. Apr. 2014 - Philipp Hovorka, CPL
05. Apr. 2014 - Paul Gottschamel, CPL

‍‍‍2014‍‍‍‍‍‍

‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍19. Dec. 2015 - Kelton Porter, CFI
‍‍‍08. Dec. 20‍‍‍15 - Jason Papich, PPL‍‍‍‍‍‍
24. Nov. 2015 - Nadine Aumayr, CPL
17. Aug. 2015 - Carlo Henzen, CPL
30. Jul. 2015 - Kelton Porter, CPL
13. May 2015 - Nicola Gilli, CPL
23. Apr. 2015 - Ruben Oertel, PPL

18. Apr. 2015 - Michael Scherer, CFI
17. Apr. 2015 - Nicola Gilli, PPL
09. Apr. 2015 - Kelton Porter, PPL
08. Apr. 2015 - Manuel Gruber, CFI
13. Mar. 2015 - Manuel Gruber, CPL
18. Feb. 2015 - Michael Scherer, CPL
03. Feb. 2015 - Klaus Streinesberger, CFI

2015‍‍‍

01. December 2017 - Mitchel Joiner, CFII
17. November 2017 - Maximilian Mayr, CFI
05. October 2017 - Andrea Puccinelli, PPL
24. August 2017 - Georg Machacek, CPL
24. August 2017 - Maximilian Mayr, CPL
16. July 2017 - Dominique Brunner, CPL
16. July 2017 - Daniel Obernosterer, PPL
30. June 2017 - Maximilian Mayr, PPL

21. June 2017 - Mitchel Joiner, CFI
20. June 2017 - Alain Diener, PPL
31. May 2017 - Christian Gautschi, CPL
04. May 2017 - Dominique Brunner, PPL
01. May 2017 - Vincent Dutoit, CFI
20. Apr. 2017 - Bernhard Egarter, CFI
14. Feb. 2017 - Bernhard Egarter, CPL

‍‍‍‍‍‍2017‍‍‍‍‍‍

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Stud‍‍‍ents:

17. January 2018 - Paul Waltl, PPL
17. January 2018 - Ewald Pfeiffer, PPL
31. January 2018 - Manuel Digruber, CFII
31. January 2018 - Michael Mocan, PPL

4. February 2018 - Timo Berkemeiner, PPL

18. June 2018 - Lucas Hernegger, PPL

20. June 2018 - Renzo Frigg, CFI
09. July 2018 - Jeff Miller, PPL

17 July 2018 - Tao Jiang, CPL

19 - July 2028 - Kory Kubicki, PPL

19. July 2018 - Mathias Dube', PPL‍‍‍

 

‍‍‍‍‍‍2018

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