The FAA Commercial Pilot certificate allows pilots to work for compensation or hire for flying services that they can provide. These pilot services could involve many aspects of the helicopter industry from Instruction, Tours, Utility operations like external load, power line and gas line patrol/repair, Helicopter Air Ambulance, support of Oil & Gas operations both on and off shore and numerous additional missions.
The FAA Commercial flying standards are more stringent than Private Pilot standards and training at Heli-Ops includes a curriculum that develops Pilots with both flying and head working skills which addresses the reduction of accidents from pilot error and provides a path to a safe career. The Commercial program includes pilot development in a Safety Management System (SMS) which has become a industry Best Practice and provides insight to future employer requirements and the acceptance of expected pilot responsibilities. Pilots in Training will learn and demonstrate a “Just Safety Culture”. The FAA Industry Training Standards -Scenario Based Training (FITS SBT) curriculum offers many pilot development opportunities beyond the minimum FAA requirements at no additional costs.
Remember that this course is also a great way for the holder of a Private Pilot Certificate or aircraft owner to increase and improve their own flying skills and is highly recommended by Heli-Ops for safer operations at this level.
Note: Heli-Ops curriculums have been upgraded to include the soon to be required risk management elements of the Integrated Airmen Certification Standards (IACS). This ensures future training requirements are met now.
Most flight schools can teach people to control a helicopter to minimum requirements.
Colorado Heli-Ops provides a total program including modern FITS SBT flight training within a SMS and to the future IACS requirements.