North Andover Flight Academy

Cost Breakdown of Helicopter Licenses/Ratings

We receive lots of phone calls asking about the cost of a helicopter license. Lots of schools will quote you the total cost based on FAA minimums, which rarely apply. We wanted to setup a cost breakdown based on "real world" numbers - not the FAA minimums. There's also a list of good helicopter flight training articles on our flight training information page.

We have compiled a list of what most people can expect when obtaining their helicopter ratings and certificates. This list uses real numbers and our actual prices. If you are looking into a career as a helicopter pilot, you will notice that our courses include Robinson R-22 and Robinson R-44 experience. (See our R44 page) It's important that you complete your CFI training and have the ability to fly and teach in the R-44 and R-22 helicopters.

Private Pilot Helicopter License R22

Average Pilot
FAA Minimums
Dual Instruction
45 Hours $13,500
30 Hours $9.000
10 Hours Solo
$3,000
$3,000
Tests/Books
$1,350
$1,350
Total
$17,850
$13,350

This is the complete cost to go from zero flight time to Private Pilot Helicopter. In some instances, the cost may be higher dependent upon the number of hours you fly. For more information see our Private Pilot Helicopter information page.

Helicopter Instrument Rating R22

40 Hours Dual R-22 Instrument
$12,000
Instrument Ground Training
$300
Tests/Books
$1000
TOTAL
$13,300

In some instances, the cost may be higher dependent upon the number of hours you fly For more information see our Helicopter Instrument Rating page.

Helicopter Commercial Pilot R22

20 Hours Dual Instruction
$6,000
30 Hours Solo
$9,000
Commercial Ground School
$300
Tests/Books
$800
TOTAL
$16,100

When you complete the instrument and commercial, you will have plenty of PIC time in the Robinson R-22 and R-44 helicopters. This is important if you are pursuing a career as a helicopter pilot. For more information see our Commercial Helicopter Pilot page.

Certified Flight Instructor Helicopter R22

25 Hours Dual Instruction
$7,500
CFI Ground School
$600
Tests/Books
$800
TOTAL
$8,900

When you complete your helicopter flight training with us you will be ready to attend the Robinson Helicopter Factory Course.

As you can see from the numbers above, we make training affordable while maximizing the benefits to our students. We make sure you get the best training possible in the helicopters which will further your career.

Train in our Boston Massachusetts area flight school and reap the benefits of a busy flight school and maintenance facility. We save you money while providing quality training. Call us for more information at 978-689-7600.