- Schweizer S-300C Specifications PDF
- FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook
- Airman’s Information Manual
- AIRNAV for Falcon Field
- Rotorcraft Private Pilot Test Standards
- Current Weather at Falcon Field (FFZ)
Q. What is an Introductory Flight?
An Introductory Flight lets you see what flying a helicopter is all about, including taking the controls should you choose! We offer Introductory Flights for those considering flight training, or people who simply want to take a helicopter flight.
Q. What does flight training cost?
The costs associated with each of our training services are listed here.
Each student’s costs will be different due to their experience, their learning pace, and their schedule for training. Your costs may be more or less depending upon your needs and learning style. While some large schools offer a “package price” to achieve a particular rating, we believe that assumes every student learns at the same pace and needs the same amount of instruction, and only provides an incentive for them to move you through the training as quickly as possible without considering your needs. Instead, Canyon State offers a customized program for each student, and charges hourly fees to ensure that you are moving at your pace and not paying for training you don’t need.
Q. Does Canyon State Aero require full payment for my helicopter rating up front?
No. You can pay as you go, or put money into a prepaid account with us, as you choose. Students who apply a $5,000 payment to their account at any time during their training will receive a $250 credit to their account (5% of their payment); those who apply $10,000 will receive a $1,000 credit (10%).
Canyon State also accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
Q. What books do I need to get?
Canyon State Aero provides you with all the necessary books and study material to get you through your private, commercial and flight instructor ratings at a low cost.
Q. How old do I have to be to get my license?
You can begin your training with us as early as age 13 but you will not be able solo until you are 16 and you will not be able to get your license until you turn 17.
Q. I have a job and a family. Can I still train with Canyon State Aero?
Of course! We are very flexible when it comes to your schedule. We fly when you can fly.
Q. When can I start my training?
Start any day of the week, any month of the year. Canyon State Aero is flexible when it comes to when you would like to start.
Q. Why does the Schweizer 300 cost more to train in than the Robinson R22?
The Robinson R22 was never designed to be a primary helicopter trainer but the low cost of operation has made it very popular as a cheaper alternative to the Schweizer 300. However, the Schweizer has many benefits relative to the Robinson, which you can read about here.
Q. Do you accept veterans’ benefits?
Canyon State Aero is currently waiting for approval by the FAA to train current and prior military personnel. Read more about financing and GI Bill benefits here.
Q. Are helicopters harder to fly than airplanes?
Flying a helicopter is just different, and does require some additional coordination. The helicopter looks more complex than an airplane. When thinking about learning a helicopter, think of it like the old trick of hopping on one foot, patting your belly, rubbing your head & talking on a radio all at the same time. Your constantly on all 3 sets of controls all the time. It can feel very overwhelming at first, but people settle in quickly. The requirements it takes to achieve your helicopter rating is the same as it takes to get an airplane rating, however, because of the helicopter being a bit more complex, it can take a bit longer to get your rating.
Q. Can a helicopter continue to fly when the engine quits?
Yes. You as a pilot will be trained to perform an autorotation, which allows the helicopter to continue to fly and land safely even if the engine fails.
Q. Do you need an airplane license to get a helicopter license?
No. There is no prior experience necessary for attaining your private helicopter rating.
Q. Do you hire your graduates?
Canyon State Aero cannot guarantee employment but we do periodically hire former students as needs arise. Be wary of any company that says they guarantee you employment upon completion of all your training. If they don’t have any openings & are fully staffed at the time of your flight training completion, they won’t be able to hire you.