January 29th, 2010
It’s been a long road, but we finally received approval to issue non-immigrant vocational M Visas! What this means is we can work with the Department of State and the Department of Immigration and Customs to enroll foreign students into our Part 141 helicopter flight training program under an M Visa. Foreign students may move to the US to train with us once we approve the issuance of their Visa. While here in the US, they will train full time at North Andover Flight Academy at the Lawrence Airport. They will be assigned a student liason who will be in contact with them from the first phone call, through the application process, through their training until the time they leave. We even have housing and student transportation to and from our flight facilities! Please see our International Helicopter Students page for more information. The Press Release is below for more (or less) interesting reading. We are the ONLY Schweizer or Robinson helicopter school in Massachusetts , New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine that is a qualified Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) helicopter flight school! Come train with THE premier Part 141 helicopter flight school in the Boston Massachusetts area!
N. Andover, Ma., Jan 29, 2010 – North Andover Flight Academy, New York and New England’s premier 141 helicopter training facility, received approval to accept nonimmigrant students under the SEVP M Visa program. North Andover Flight Academy is one of the few helicopter flight schools in the US which is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program M Visa certified school.
According to Curt Peredina, Chief Instructor at North Andover Flight Academy, “NAFA has worked extremely hard to surpass the requirements needed to become SEVP certified. We have worked closely with representatives from the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Immigration and Customs (ICE) throughout the qualification and training process. Goals accomplished included an extensive evaluation and inspection while training for the tasks required of an SEVP certified flight school. We feel the M Visa approval is the perfect addition to our Part 141 helicopter training program”.
North Andover Flight Academy, based in North Andover, MA at the Lawrence Airport (KLWM) is a full service helicopter company specializing in Robinson helicopter training, maintenance and overhaul . North Andover Flight Academy has an additional base in Alexandria, NY and will be opening bases in New Hampshire in the Spring of 2010. In addition to the helicopter 141 program, North Andover Flight Academy has developed one of the first helicopter Commercial FAA/Industry Training Standards (FITS) syllabus which will be Part 141 approved.
For additional information contact Curt Peredina or Laura McIlrath at 978-689-7600, or email email@example.com.
January 23rd, 2010
At North Andover Flight Academy we do much more than helicopter flight training. We are also the largest Boston helicopter tour operator. We have several Robinson helicopters available for public tours in and around the metropolitan Boston area including the Massachusetts and New Hampshire Seacoast area. With several FAA certified pilots on staff, we are avaialble for tours seven days a week! We have flown hundreds of tours in and around Boston in our Robinson R44 helicopters. We follow strict FAA guidelines which regulate the helicopter tour industry with random drug testing and recurrent training for all of our tour pilots.
View our Boston Helicopter Tour Video.
One of our Boston helicopter tour R44s
Our tours are the most economical helicopter tours in the Boston area and we can accomodate up to 3 people (with weight restrictions) for the same price as many tour operators charge for 1 person! We also operate at night for the ultimate “Boston City Lights” tour in the New England area! There’s nothing more exciting than viewing the lights of Boston from over 500 feet in the air! Tours begin at $215 for up to 3 people, and may be scheduled by calling 978-689-7600. We fly Boston helicopter tours all year round!
Boston Helicopter Tours
For more information on our Boston tours, please see our websites which talk more about Boston helicopter Tours and Boston Area Helicopter Tours.
Call us to schedule your helicopter tour anytime at 978-689-7600.
January 23rd, 2010
At North Andover Flight Academy, we train helicopter pilots to handle Class B operations. Boston Class Bravo is an interesting flight most days, but when the wind is out of the Northeast the Quarry route becomes an exercise which is made easier with familiarity. The best way to get familiar with the Boston helicopter routes is to get dual from a qualified instructor. Today the wind was light from the Northeast, so we decided to incorporate some of the Boston Helicopter Routes into our training.
Quarry Route North Boston Massachusetts
With Logan landing 4R and 4L, the Quarry Route requires a descent which can be unnerving for the first time. Pilots need to know the proper landmarks – Andrews Square and the Milton Outer Marker are the important checkpoints. Maintain the proper alititude between these to avoid the overhead traffic landing at Logan. Train with the premier helicopter flight school in New England!
Southeast Expressway Boston
Quarry Route Boston Mass
January 17th, 2010
With the close of 2009, we figured we would post some of the interesting pictures from our flight school this year. It was a great year with several students passing their checkrides, from private to CFI. We’ve flown with people of all levels, from beginner to seasoned military pilots. We’ve been all over the Northeast, from Maine to New Jersey with our students. We opened a second location in Alexandria Bay (Maxson airfield) in New York. We’ve been in the local papers, and also featured on AOPA 2 times in the past year. Here are some cool pictures from this year!
R-22 Ready for Track and Balance
We’re also an authorized Robinson Helicopter Service and Overhaul center here at North Andover Flight Academy. We overhauled several helicopter in 2009. Here’s a picture from one of our days in the maintenance shop.
Robinson Maintenance Massachusetts
Robinson R22 at Alton Bay Ice Festival
We flew the Alton Bay New Hampshire Ice Festival last year. We did over 100 rides that day, and we will be there again this year!
Moon over 127
Robinson R22 Lawrence Massachusetts
Robinson R-44 Reflection
This year we also flew into several special events and fairs. This was in August at the Vermont State Fair.
Sunset on top
So this is a fixed wing picture, but it was one of the best sunsets of the year.
Good Old R-22 127
127 is one of our Robinson 22’s we use for the less glamorous duties of training new CFI’s. It will be due for an overhaul in a few hundred hours. We’ve flow this ship all over New England and New York doing multiple duties.
With our tour operation in full swing, we had many tours and rides into downtown Boston. We offer Boston helicopter tours from both of our websites http://www.northandoverflightacademy.com and http://www.bostonairtours.com. We offer all types of tours ranging from Boston to the Seacoast. Our location in Maxson offers tours of the Thousand Islands area.
Mount Monadnock Peak
Since we also train in the New Hampshire area, our travels include Mount Monadnock and the White Mountains.
Charles River Boston
We have several Boston Helicopter Tours available. Great chance to grab some photos of the city.
Charles River Boston
Bunker Hill Zakim Bridge
Call us if you need any information on Robinson Helicopters in the Boston Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York area. We are Part 141 approved and we remain the premier Robinson helicopter flight training school.
January 13th, 2010
North Andover Flight Academy on AOPA online: http://www.aopa.org/training/articles/2010/100113heli.html .
If you’re coming from the fixed wing world, you have probably heard about FITS. If you’re coming from the helicopter world, chances are you have not. Well, we’re going to change this! We are nearing FAA approval of a helicopter commercial FITS syllabus under part 141. We have spent several months adopting the principles of FITS to rotary wing, and hopefully it will pay off for the entire industry. Read the article for more explanation, and stay tuned for more information here on our FITS syllabus. Our syllabus is over a hundred pages, so there is too much information to put here at this time. Believe it – it’s going to be really cool!!
Any school can say they are the premier helicopter school in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New England, but North Andover Flight Academy is changing the helicopter flight training industry.
If you have questions or comments regarding the FITS initiative and helicopter training, please email us or call us at 978-689-7600 and we will be more than happy to help.
January 10th, 2010
Just another day at our Boston Massachusetts helicopter flight school. While we had our ships out flying, we decided to take advantage and put together a quick photo op. With some great pilots at the controls, we managed to get a few shots before we all went our separate ways. Some great New England cold weather flying, with all the machines performing very well in the cold.
R22 In Flight over Massachusetts
We managed to get pictures over the Merrimack River in Massachusetts, and in Southern New Hampshire.
R22 In Flight over Southern New Hampshire
This particular R-22 is one which was overhauled by our I/A David Beach. Not too many people out there that can overhaul a helicopter. We have about 350 hours since overhaul on this machine. Well done Dave!
Overhead Shot of our R-22 Boston Massachusetts
Sunset Southern Maine
Our part of the flight ended up with hours of cross country flying over Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and Maine. Several landings at different spots and an amazing sunset heading west back to New Hampshire…what a nice evening!
January 9th, 2010
What’s a guy to do when winter comes and it’s too cold for all his summertime hobbies?
In the summer Mike divides his free time between motocross, golf, and helicopters, but since the snow fell he’s had some time off from his warm weather pursuits. That makes this a great time to really make progress with his helicopter training. After a couple of solo flights here at Lawrence, we started working on cross country flying and navigation.
It was great to put some distance between us and our home airport, and Mike certainly got to do that, joining us on a ferry flight down to Orange County, New York. But now it’s time to get him ready for his cross country solo, which will take him up into the hills of New Hampshire.
Preflighting in the hangar
Coincidentally, many of his navigation checkpoints turn out to be golf courses and race tracks. The golf courses prove to be a problem in the winter, looking a lot like plain snow covered hills, but the race tracks stand out and he does an excellent job of finding them, on course and on time.
Drag strip and motocross course
After approaches at Skyhaven and Plum Island, and a simulated engine failure to make sure he stays sharp, it’s home again to Lawrence. Good job Mike. All the planning and preparation made for a great flight — and we found a new course for you to try out next spring!
Cold clear days in winter give us some of our best flying, and provide a great opportunity to get out and explore New England from the air.
January 7th, 2010
Ask any helicopter flight instructor what one of the worst parts of instructing is and most all will say the same thing – “I don’t get to fly enough”. It’s true – instructors as a rule do not get enough “time on the stick”. Most of an instructors repertoire consists of mainly talking students through maneuvers, fixing errors, and the occasional demonstration of a maneuver. At North Andover Flight Academy, we maintain a strict regimen of allowing our instructors flight time outside of instructing students. This time is used to perfect maneuvers and discuss training scenarios which the instructors can use to benefit their instructional techniques. When reviewing with our instructors we usually aim to do this in more “challenging” conditions than usual. This usually means wind – today was no exception. Winds at the Lawrence Airport (KLWM) were gusting in the high 20’s. Perfect conditions for some instructor review (also known as “having fun”).
Autorotation in the R22
With the wind howling, we set out to perfect some autorotation techniques and just have a good time. With the high winds, the usual glide of the R-22 was a bit more like the “elevator ride” of the Schweizer. We also had a chance to test the crosswind capabilities of the 22, and contrary to some beliefs (usually those that have NO IDEA of what a Robinson R22 or R44 can do), the machine performed beautifully in all crosswind quadrants. As they stated at the Safety course, Robinson was a tail rotor specialist and that shows with the tail rotor authority of the R22 and 44.
Snow blowing on the ramp at LWM
Some tout the crosswind capabilities of the Schweizer over the 22, and having owned a 300C I will say that the 22 performs just as well in high winds as any Schweizer. There was recently an accident in Maine which was a Schweizer 300CBi involved in an LTE (or LTA) episode, resulting in a hard landing and a destroyed helicopter.
In high winds the autorotations were interesting to say the least. The wind gradients were clearly evident while in the glide. Close to the ground the shear was very noticeable, requiring extra care and attention due to the changing winds.
Minor Snow Drift on Skid
We ended the flight with a few precision set downs in all wind quadrants. As usual we refueled the helicopter before tucking it away for the evening inside our hangar. Another great flight at Boston’s premier helicopter flight training facility.
Here’s a short video – notice the wind drift across the ramp. Typical balmy New England afternoon…thankfully the hangar is just behind us!
Train with the premier helicopter flight school in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York!
January 7th, 2010
With the pending Part 141 certification for our Maxson Airfield location, I made a trip up to do paperwork and visit our North Andover Flight Academy New York office. The weather was typical upstate New York – but only as far north as Watertown. As we were told by the locals last summer, the snow belt stopped as soon as we were North of Watertown. Maxson Airfield and Alexandria Bay were almost perfectly clear! Some snow showers moved through, but our Boston Massachusetts helicopter school actually has more snow on the ground than Maxson.
Our R-22 at Maxson Airfield New York
We snapped this photo just before rolling in for the evening. Our facilities at Maxson airfield include several hundred square feet of hangar space (with space available for rent), large multiple offices (offices available for rent as well), and a fuel farm. Yes – we purchase our own aviation fuel!
After attending to 141 paperwork, we decided to call it a day. Lake effect snows continued South of our field, but luckily the showers stayed south.
Come visit our Asst. Chief instructor David in Alexandria Bay New York. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the sights (and the helicopter school of course).