Robinson R44 Raven II - Instrument Trainer

Access to Title IV Financial Aid in the forms of Federal Student Loans and Pell Grants for those who qualify.

Experienced financial aid teams

Academic support program with individual advisors

Focused career training

Reduced ATP flight requirement with aviation degree

Job placement assistance

Our first priority is to enable our students to accomplish their dream of flying. However it is also very important that each student understands that obtaining a pilot certificate is also a lot of work. Alongside practical training, each student will also be trained with theoretical knowledge that accompanies flying helicopters.

Your training 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.  

One of the most important factors of being a pilot is the ability to speak and understand the English language. The communications between pilots and the controllers are very important aspects in flight safety, and it's crucial that one can understand the other. If your English is not very good, attending an English course in San Luis Obispo is also available. The ground school portion of education and flight training will be held in English.

For your orientation, to receive the Private Pilot Certificate, the average training time will be six to eight weeks. For the Commercial Pilot Certificate (starting from zero) you will have to calculate about four to five months. In the end, the biggest influence in your total training time will be your personal motivation.

No two schools are alike. Each school is different and has a different approach to their training, making it difficult to decide which one to attend. However, if you prefer personal and individual training, then Helipro is the right school for you.

Why choose us?

Which school is the right one?

We’re able to offer you helicopter pilot training under both FAR Part 61 and FAR Part 141.

The difference is how your training will be approached. Both parts will have the same minimum standards for you to get your pilot certificate.

Any FAA-approved flight instructor, whether associated with a flight school or not, may train a student under Part 61 regulations. FAR Part 141 training however is given through approved flight schools that have had their course curriculums reviewed and approved by the FAA. Furthermore Part 141 approved schools are subject to regular surveillance audits by the FAA and must meet minimum pass rates on the practical exams.

In short, either type of school teaches to the same requirements. A Part 141 school is particularly focused and perhaps better for a full-time student whose goal is a professional career. A Part 61 school is more flexible. So the important thing is to pick whichever one fits your schedule and flight goals better. Non-US citizens who want to obtain an initial FAA pilot certificate have to conduct their training under Part 141.

For more information about Part 61/141, please refer to this article.

Your training will consist of Ground & Flight training.

To obtain a Pilot certificate, you have to pass an FAA written exam (multiple-choice computer-administered test) regardless if your training is conducted under Part 61 / 141. The minimum score to pass the test is 70%.

We recommend that you study as much as possible before you start your training. This allows you to focus on your flight training and the preparation for the oral examination. Our experience has shown, that most students are ahead with their flying abilities compared to their ground knowledge. This results in an extension of your total training time and the total training costs. 

To optimize your training, you should get the books needed in advance, and start studying them at home. This way, you will reduce your total training time and save costs in accommodation and living. For information about books and other material you need, please feel free to contact us.

Ground Training

At the beginning of your training, we recommend 1 flight session a day. Once your flight abilities are more advanced two flight sessions a day (one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening) are recommended. A full schedule will reduce your total training costs.

One of the final things you should know before starting your flight training is that you need to be medically examined to obtain your certificate.


- To obtain a Private Pilot Certificate: 3rd Class Medical Certificate

- To obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate: 2nd Class Medical Certificate

If you live in a country outside of the US, it is best to look for a doctor who specializes in FAA aviation medical examinations before you start your training. Find an FAA Medical Examiner in your country here


Becoming a Private Pilot is the first step in your career. It allows you to fly for fun, give rides to your friends / family or to build time towards another certificate / rating.  During this stage you will learn the basic flight maneuvers and procedures to solo the helicopter. Your first solo flight will probably be one of the most exciting flights you ever take and stick to you forever. Another part of your Private Pilot training will be to navigate from one airport to another, referred to as cross country flying. In preparation for your practical exam, commonly referred to as “checkride” you will learn all the necessary maneuvers that are required to operate the aircraft safely. The checkride consists of an oral examination and a flight test.

Duration: Approximately 6-8 weeks (full-time)

If your dream is to fly a helicopter for a living, then this is the right Certificate to get. During this stage your basic flying skills will be sharpened and you will be introduced to more advanced maneuvers. In addition, your ground knowledge will be taken to the next level. If you are interested, we can include part of the Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) training or an Instrument Rating in your Commercial Pilot training.‍‍‍

Duration: Approximately 4 months (full-time) Including Private Pilot Certificate

Please Note

40 flight hours is the minimum required by the FAA. On average you should calculate an extra 10 to 30 hours above the minimum before you will be prepared to take the practical test.

An Instrument Rating allows you to fly in the clouds with no outside visual references. This enables you to navigate through the airspace system and get from point A to B in weather conditions that would normally force you to stay on the ground. Furthermore, an Instrument Rating will make you a much safer, more confident and more employable pilot.‍‍‍

‍‍‍Requirements: Private Pilot License

Duration: Approximately 1 month (full-time)

The first job helicopter pilots get is typically as a flight instructor at a training school. This allows you to get paid for instructing while building your flight hours to move on to the next step in your career. On this course you will learn to instruct and fly the helicopter at a higher level of accuracy compared to a commercial helicopter pilot. Once you’ve gotten enough flight time as an instructor, you’ll typically move on to a career in tour operations and continuing to build toward a more demanding career. Over 95% of flight schools train their students on the Robinson R22 helicopter. You must have at least 50 hours in an R22 (200 hours total time in helicopters) to instruct in this helicopter, due to the SFAR 73 regulation, and get hired at any of these schools using the R22 for training.

Requirements: Commercial Pilot License

Duration: Approximately 1 month (full-time)


With this certificate you can train students to obtain their Instrument Rating as well as teach the basic Instrument Training, which is required in the Commercial Pilot course. Going the extra mile and becoming a CFII will make you a much more qualified and employable instructor, allowing you to teach on all VFR and IFR courses.

Requirements: Certified Flight Instructor Certificate & Instrument Rating

If you already have a Private Pilot License and decide to turn your hobby into a career, this would be the right option for you.

Requirements: Private Pilot License

Minimum age to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate: 18

Medical Certificate:‍‍‍ 2nd Class‍‍‍

Duration: Approximately 2 months (full-time)

‍‍‍If you have always wanted to know what it's like to fly a helicopter yourself, then you have come to the right place. Our unique Introductory Flight provides you with a truly amazing opportunity to experience firsthand the remarkable capabilities of a helicopter.

The Introductory Flight consists of approximately 30 minutes of ground school, in which our experienced instructors will teach you about the "Do's and Dont's" of flying a helicopter. Afterwards, your flight instructor will teach you what each control does, how to read the gauges and what to look for to make sure the helicopter is safe to fly. You will receive an SFAR 73 endorsement, which allows you to control the helicopter during your flight.

After the ground instruction is complete, you will take to the air on a 30 or 60-minute flight lesson. You will take the controls with the help of your flight instructor to see what it's like to pilot the helicopter. You will get the chance to experience most flight conditions, including straight and level flight, climbs, turns and descents, plus the most memorable hovering.

The flight time you receive counts towards your license should you wish to continue lessons toward a Private Pilot License.

The Introductory Flight is definitely an affordable introduction to helicopter training and would make a great birthday, anniversary, Christmas gift to the aspiring pilot that could change their life forever. If you are on vacation and have some extra time, this would be another highlight and of course a memorable experience.

Pilot Programs

1. Private Pilot License (PPL)

2. Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

3. Commercial Pilot License ”Add On”

4. Instrument Rating (IR)

5. Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

6. Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)

What is the difference between Part 61 and Part 141?

Flight Training

Medical Certification

If you can’t wait to take over the controls of a helicopter and want to prepare yourself for the flight, we would recommend watching the video below. This video does a great job explaining the “Do’s and Don’t” in Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters. Your instructor will also cover the same topics before the flight.

Can’t wait to go up?

Please Note 

There is a weight limit per seat (including baggage compartment and / or additional equipment carried on the flight) that cannot be exceeded.

Robinson R22: 240 pounds (108 kg)

Robinson R44: 300 pounds (136 kg) ‍‍‍

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for veterans who have served after 9/11. Depending on how much time you served/were active after 9/11, the VA will pay up to 100% of your tuition and fees through our degree program with Charter College.

Eligible candidates may be reimbursed for up to the resident in-state cost of the training and may receive housing allowance and the books & supplies stipend.

To find out about your percentage of eligibility, basic housing allowance and book stipend, click here.

Veteran Affairs

Post 9/11 GI Bill

Are you a veteran eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill Educational Benefits? Has it always been your dream to fly helicopters for a living? If your answer is yes then you are at the right place! Helipro is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) approved flight school meaning you can use your hard-earned veterans benefits to help pay for your flight training.

Please Note

The Veteran GI bill benefits described above are only available to flight students enrolled in one of our collegiate programs. Students completing flight training at Helipro, (independent of our collegiate partners) are eligible for lesser of the actual net costs for in-state tuition and fees assessed by the school, or $10,000 per academic year, and the housing allowance and book stipends are not payable. 

If you are eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill, you don’t have to obtain a college degree in addition to you flight training. This GI Bill reimburses you 60% (depending on your chapter of eligibility) of your eligible training costs after your Private Pilot Certificate. You will pay for your Private Pilot Certificate on your own. The VA will reimburse you a percentage of the eligible costs for your instrument, commercial and CFI training.

All training must be done following the FAA Part 141 syllabus and you must have a current second class medical before enrolling in any VA-eligible course or you will not receive reimbursement for your training.

Helipro is partnered with Charter College to provide our students with an associate degree of applied science in aviation. The program combines an online curriculum provided by Charter College with ground school and flight hours from Helipro. 

Charter College has been providing career-specific, accredited education to motivated students for nearly 30 years. 

For more information about the aviation program of our partner college click on this link.

Montgomery GI Bill

Charter College Aviation Program

Is aviation in your blood? Do you dream of climbing in the cockpit and taking control of a helicopter? Seeing the world from 8.000 feet? If you are ready to launch a commercial pilot's career, you've come to the right place - Charter College Aviation.

Charter college offers aspiring helicopter pilots the education they need to prepare for the jobs they want. Helipro will provide the ground school and flight instruction and Charter College Aviation will provide the online curriculum, financial aid resources and academic support. Visit the Helipro landing page.

Aviation Education for Aspiring Helicopter Pilots

Charter College Aviation provides students with the knowledge, technical skills and practical training to prepare them to earn their FAA licenses and seek entry-level employment as commercial pilots or flight instructors.




1. Associate of Applied Science in Aviation: Concentration in Rotor

- Aviation Navigation

- Aircraft Systems and Components

- Aviation Safety and Human Factors

- Aerodynamics

- Aviation Law and Regulations

- Aviation Meteorology

- Commercial Aviation

- Aviation Physiology

- Crew Resource Management

- Business Fundamentals

- College Mathematics

- Environment Science

- Written and Oral Communication Practices

- Ethical Principles Across Societies

- Introduction to Sociology

- Student Success Strategies

- Technology Fundamentals

- Professional Success Strategies

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2. Bachelor’s Degree: Concentration in Rotor

120 weeks

- Aviation Navigation

- Aircraft Systems and Components

- Aviation Safety and Human Factors

- Aerodynamics and Aircraft Performance

- Aviation Law and Regulations

- Aviation Meteorology

- Commercial Aviation

- Aviation Physiology

- Crew Resource Management

- Air Traffic Control and Airspace

- Physics: Aircraft Performance and Aerodynamics

- Aviation Security

- Applied Aviation Meteorology

- Aviation Communication

- Aviation Flight Path Management

- Introduction to Airport and Airline Management

- Navigation Systems and International Flight Operations

- Introduction to Jet Turbines

- Aviation decision Making and Risk Management

- Aviation Safety Management System

- Leadership and Team Management

- Managing Conflict: Dispute Resolution

- College Mathematics

- Environment Science

- Psychology

- Written and Oral Communication Practices

- Ethical Principles Across Societies

- Introduction to Sociology

- College Algebra

- Scientific Discovery

- Interpersonal Communication

- Advanced Written and Oral Communication Practices

- Logic and Reasoning

- Macroeconomics

- Economic Performance, Political Structures, and Personal Responsibility

- Student Success Strategies

- Technology Fundamentals

- Professional Success Strategies

210 hours

FAA 141 Private Pilot License

FAA 141 Commercial Pilot License

FAA 141 Instrument Rating

FAA 141 Certified Flight Instructor Rating

Course length

Flight hour requirement

Prepare for these certificates & ratings

Students take the following courses

$ 87.025,-


Students take the following courses

70 weeks

210 hours

FAA 141 Private Pilot License

FAA 141 Commercial Pilot License

FAA 141 Instrument Rating

FAA 141 Certified Flight Instructor Rating

Course length

Flight hour requirement

Prepare for these certificates &  ratings

The Professional Pilot Program is the full training course for people whose goal is to work as a career helicopter pilot. This program includes training for these certificates and ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor ‍‍‍and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument.

Minimum age to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate: 17

Minimum age to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate: 18

Medical Certificate: 2nd Class

Duration: Approximately 7-8 months (full-time)


7. Professional Pilot Program

Well, would you buy a car just checking the sticker without opening the hood, checking the mileage and the title, or having a Carfax report? Why doing it when choosing your flight schools?

It could sound odd but not publishing prices it is our way of being honest and more transparent, because we have nothing to hide but crystal clear info.
We know somebody won’t be happy, but we do require our potential students to make an effort and dig a little deeper than a quick look at the standardized price published on flight school webpages.

There are so many key info that can make a difference between a failure and a successful training, between a fair/clear estimate and an unexpected higher final cost.

There’s a lot to learn, like:

  • Standard prices most of the times ‘forget’ to mention possible additional (most of the time hidden) fees.
  • Standard prices say nothing about the training location and the impact on your training.Just a quick example: Are you aware that most class D airports unfortunately does not allow helicopter training in the airport or its airspace? The consequences? For each and every flight lesson the student has to fly with instructor from the flight school airport to more ‘friendly’ airports to do training – time and money out of students’ pocket of course!
  • Restraining your research mainly on published prices won’t get you info about flight instructors’ experience and ratings, nothing about facility and equipment, nothing about the average rate of success of the students in that specific flight school, and so on…
  • Standard prices are most of the time not only ‘incomplete’ but usually estimated using a ‘optimistic’ approach, often assuming the student will get the license based on minimum FAA requirements (when although legitimate everybody knows will hardly happen). So instead of a mo‍‍‍re realistic and honest estimate, standard estimates are lower just to attract students.

It’s time to go beyond a standardized web price… and we are looking for students that are curious enough and eager enough to go beyond a click or a standardized website price to find the best provider for them.

Give yourself the opportunity to get you a more complete and honest data of the whole picture. Look for real and helpful info to help decide where, how and who to learn from how to fly safely, proficiency…and with a bit of fun.

‍‍‍We are very confident in our standard and professionalism and we like all enquiries, especially the specific and detailed ones because we love offering personalized, customized and fair training estimate. It‘s our chance to share info about us, our philosophy, our approach, our courses… and our prices obviously!

Send us your request, call us, or just stop by if you have the chance. You won’t be disappointed. ‍‍‍

Why we do not publish our prices?

Robinson R22 Beta

Weight limit 240 lbs. per seat (including ‍‍‍baggage compartment and or additional equipment carried).

Weight limit 300 lbs. per seat (including baggage compartment and or additional equipment carried).

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For more information about the academic programs or to sign up please see the contact information below:

+1 (866) 313 52 54


Charter College

Introductory Flight

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.

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945B Airport Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

4349 Old Santa Fe Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Mitchel Joiner

Charter College Student

Current: Flight Instructor‍‍‍ at Helipro

“Helipro maintains a high standard and ensures a positive experience for its students. The experienced instructors bring out the best in their students by a thorough covering of subjects and an encouraging, patient approach to flight instruction. They make certain you are confident and prepared for all the steps necessary to becoming a pilot. Overall a pleasure to take part in any program Helipro has to offer.”

Kelton Porter

Current Position:

Flight Instructor, Tour Pilot

San Carlos Flight Center

“If you are lo‍‍‍oking for a professional and welcoming environment for your training, that is what you will find at Helipro. Their staff are great and the helicopters are maintained to the highest standards.

I was able to gain the knowledge and experience to enter the helicopter industry after training here.

The San Luis Obispo area is a truly perfect place to fly helicopters. Great views, great weather, and ample training areas to gain real experience. Highly recommended.”

Philipp Dejakom - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone: +49 178 500‍‍‍ 9532

Peter Hohenberger - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone: +43 664 200 9300

Peter Gmeiner - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone: +43 316 832 642

Helmut Bachmann - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone +43 4846 6613

Contact other former Helipro students

Christoph Fässler - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor - Phone: +41 71 787-4095

Manuel Koller - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone: +41 71 799-1790

Jürg Forrer - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone: +41 79 219-5807

Bernhard Schmid - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone +49 8821 81882

Cornelius Kerner - Commercial Pilot & Flight Instructor – Phone +49 7121 579232

Feel free to contact our former students who would be happy to share their experience with you.

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NEW Robinson R22 Beta - Instrument Trainer

Weight limit 240 lbs. per seat (including baggage compartment and or additional equipment carried).


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

This Program is for everyone that likes to get started as a professional Pilot as soon as possible. Included are all the licenses and 25 hours in a R44. The 75 hours praxis as Flight Instructor under supervision will get you a big advantage in finding a job. At the end of the training you will have 300 hours in different helicopters.

Minimum age to obtain a Private Pilot Certificate: 17

Minimum age to obtain a Commercial Pilot Certificate: 18

Medical Certificate: 2nd Class

Duration: Approximately 12 - 18 months (full-time)

8. Ultimate Professional Pilot Program

Your career as a Professional Helicopter Pilot starts right here