Flying a helicopter is a skill that requires precision and training. When choosing helicopter flight training in the USA, the instructors and staff at your school of choice should be experienced, disciplined, and thorough. Pilots trained at SunState develop the skills most trusted and sought-after in their field.

We are a Part 61 Flight Instruction School.

We hold all ratings-Private, Commercial, Instrument, CFI, and CFII.

Q: Do I have to be an airplane pilot first? 

A: No. Many potential students believe that they must first acquire their airplane pilot’s license before they can pursue helicopter flight training in the United States. The truth is that an airplane pilot’s license has no bearing on your helicopter pilot’s license, and the latter must be earned separately.

Q: Is it difficult to learn to fly?

A: Although expertly flying a helicopter does take time and practice, at SunState you fly the first day of class! The one-on-one guidance provided by our experienced instructors, together with the logical progression of the syllabus, lays a foundation that makes learning to fly easier as you progress.

Q: What should I do to prepare for training?

A: SunState offers training manuals and DVDs for purchase that will help you establish a solid foundation before your instruction begins. These helicopter flight training tools can be purchased directly from SunState and reinforce the training you receive from our instructors in the time between your sessions.

Q: Do you offer demonstration rides?

A: Yes. SunState offers demonstration rides that also count toward your required flight hours. A demonstration ride can be the first step toward completing your helicopter flight training program in the USA. To schedule a demonstration ride, call SunState for details.

Q: Are helicopters safe?

A: Yes. Contrary to popular belief, helicopters are very safe. Most people think that if the engine stops in a helicopter you’ll drop like a rock. The truth is that you won’t. Through auto-rotation, enough lift is produced to accommodate a very controlled and safe decent. The combination of auto-rotation and the maneuverability of a helicopter allow you to land safely in small areas without the necessity of a runway.

Helicopter flight training opens numerous career options in the United States. Our operation is a great example of the many types of job opportunities available for rotary wing pilots. These include helicopter charter services to different destinations around Arizona as well as scenic tours and dinner excursions. Furthermore, our pilots are skilled in aerial photography, shuttle services, and utility services, including external load operations and security patrol.

The unique maneuvering and functionality of the helicopter makes it ideal for practical, recreational, and commercial use. Your helicopter flight training will be valuable to you as an individual and enable you to participate in a growing industry in the USA that needs well-trained, highly skilled pilots.