So if you read the first article in this series and you’re still reading, then that means that you accept that helicopters are for you. Probably. If you’re still undecided, keep reading as we make one of those lists we all make when we are deciding whether or not to do something important.
Let’s start with the reasons why you should not be a helicopter pilot. You may think that we are a little odd even acknowledging the existence of such a thing, however it does bear discussing.
Reasons why you should not become a helicopter pilot.
- I only want to fly from airports and I like the idea of having airports and the associated structure around me. OK, then it makes sense to fly fixed wing.
- I can’t afford it. Now this one both is, and is not a reason. It may well be a very valid reason today. We all have expenses and right now it may not be possible to learn to fly. However that doesn’t mean that this will be forever. Who knows what you might be able to achieve if you set your mind to it? Very very few helicopter pilots are millionaires. Most pilots have to work their way through the process of paying like everyone else. You may not be able to afford it or justify it right now, maybe not today. However if you plan for it and set a course to achieve it, then it’s possible.
Reasons why you should become a helicopter pilot.
Now this is the list we prefer.
- It is a sense of freedom like no other. We are incredibly fortunate to be able to fly to places that, were you in a fixed wing, would involve a taxi or rental car. Golf Courses, Hotels and Restaurants, Sporting Events. There is an incredible range of locations that you can fly to by helicopter. Whether you simply fancy a flight with the family for a spot of lunch, or you’re planning a European helicopter road trip, once you begin to fly helicopters, the possibilities become apparent.
- It’s not a fairground ride, it’s a magic carpet. We cannot count how many flights we have given over the years to nervous passengers who’s view of helicopters becomes transformed by the experience. They change from being tense and nervous, thinking, “how on earth does this thing fly?” And, “I’m not looking forward to this”, to being utterly elated by the magical experience and the view.
- It can easily lead to a whole new life. Pilots we have trained have gone on to become professionals in the industry. Other pilots have made new friends, travelled to new places and gained a whole new perspective of the earth simply by flying.
- It’s a never ending journey of learning, in a good way. Being a qualified helicopter pilot is only the beginning.
Our final reason to learn to fly helicopters? If you’ve read this far, then it’s an ambition you obviously hold. And of you don’t do it, you will spend the rest of your life wondering ‘what if?’
The article is part of a series that aim to answer all of the questions you’ve ever had if you’re thinking of learning to fly helicopters. You can read the first post here, or click the links below for the rest of the series