Earn Your Wings in Skies Above the Scenic Southwest

Learn to Fly at the Helicopter’s Limits

Southern Utah’s unique terrain, altitude, and weather allows our students to learn to fly at the helicopter’s limits; high Altitude, high temperatures, high winds, and high density altitude. When you train in these flying conditions, you will develop greater skill levels than students that have developed their skills in much more forgiving environments.

Whether it’s for pleasure or for career, we offer everything you need to stop dreaming and start flying! Please call us at (435) 668-4185 for more information.

Flight Instruction FAQ

Who Needs a Private Pilot License?

The Private Pilot Course intended for people who want to learn to fly helicopters for pleasure, personal business, or for people planning to purchase their own helicopter. The Private Pilot License is the first major milestone for seeking more advanced certifications or for starting a career as a Professional Helicopter Pilot.

With your Private Pilot License you are allowed to take family, friends co-workers, and cargo on board a helicopter that you own or rent while acting as Pilot in Command. Even though you may share the operating expenses with your passengers, you are not allowed to be compensated for piloting the helicopter.


​How do I get a Private Pilot License in a Helicopter?
The basic FAA requirements that need to be met to qualify are:

  • Be at least 17 years old at the time of the check ride
  • Be fluent in English (read, write, speak and understand it)
  • Hold an FAA Class III Medical Certificate Have TSA authorization for flight training (a federal security clearance)
  • Have completed a minimum of 40 hours of flight time
  • Have completed a minimum of 10 hours of solo flight time
  • Have completed a minimum of 30 hours of dual instruction
  • Pass an FAA written exam Pass a practical exam with an FAA examiner.

​How much will it cost?
Zion Helicopters private pilot training includes:

  • 30 hours dual flight instruction in Robinson R66
  • 10 hours solo flight instruction in Robinson R66
  • 30 hours of ground school Your check ride

Estimated cost: $22,500*

Who Needs a Commercial Pilot License?
The Commercial Pilot Course is the next step for students who wish to make flying helicopters their career. It’s an even more challenging course, and the focus is to hone the flight skills to perfection as you build up your Pilot in Command (PIC) flight hours. When you achieve commercial pilot certification, you will be allowed to carry passengers for compensation. In addition, you will be prepared for the essential demands of flying as a professional by increasing your flight skills in busy and confined airspace.

What will it take to get my Commercial License?
​​The basic FAA requirements that need to be met to qualify are:

  • Be at least 18 years old Be fluent in English (read, write, speak and understand it)
  • Hold a minimum of an FAA Class II Medical Certificate
  • Have TSA authorization for flight training (a federal security clearance)
  • Have completed a minimum of 150 total hours of flight time
  • Have completed a minimum of 50 hours of dual instruction
  • Have completed a minimum of 100 hours of pilot-in-command (PIC) flight hours
  • Pass an FAA written exam Pass an oral test and check ride with an FAA examiner

Call for a cost estimate on your Commercial License!

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