Anyone interested in learning to fly will eventually have to make a decision about whether or not they would rather do so in an aeroplane or through helicopter pilot training. Although they both offer a unique and entertaining way to fly, aircraft lessons and helicopter pilot training are very different.
Here’s a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages of taking these kinds of flying classes.
What’s easier to fly?
It might surprise you, but learning to fly an aeroplane can actually be easier in the beginning. Helicopter pilot training involved a big learn curve, because the aircrafts are inherently unstable, thus the driver must maintain complete control of the aircraft at all times, from the moment they are started until they are safely landed. Since helicopter pilot training involves flying the aircraft low, only reaching around 12,000 feet before pressurisation is required, fliers must be familiar with the environment below and impediments along the path, such as buildings, mountains, and even trees, in order to execute their flight plan.
In contrast, flying an aeroplane is simpler. While manual landing and take-off necessitate a great deal of practise, autopilot simplifies the process of flying from point A to point B. When flying, drivers frequently use that time to study checklists, review airport arrival procedures, and make revisions to their flight plans. During helicopter pilot training, the driver is expected to actively participate in every second of the flight by keeping their hands on the controls at all times.
If you’re a trained flier, you’ll likely be able to fly a series of long, uninterrupted flights without getting tired at all. However, this kind of learning, even for just a few hours is physically and emotionally exhausting.
Which is more dangerous?
Helicopters are more dangerous to fly because they are more difficult to control. Accidents involving these machines occur at a rate twice as high as those involving aeroplanes during helicopter pilot training flights.
There’s a wide range of controls at the disposal of drivers during helicopter pilot training —everything from a joystick for forwards and backwards movement, an anti-torque pedal for turning the chopper’s nose horizontally, and a throttle for the engine’s power—it’s a lot to track, and a difficult task for any one person to stay on top of. That’s not even counting terrain, other planes, and flight panel gauges, all of which need to be kept an eye on.
What’s the difference in price between helicopter pilot training and aeroplane flight training?
Helicopter pilot training can be very expensive. Everyone learns in a unique way, however the following are the typical expenses: The cost of the PPL(H) ranges from $30,000-$35,000, and the cost of the CPL(H) ranges from $60,000-$70,000, including the fees of your theoretical tests. These fees are based on the cost of renting an aircraft multiplied by the number of hours needed to earn a licence plus the cost of the theory exam.
For an aeroplane license expect to spend between $10,000 and $15,000 for a recreational license in Australia and between $30,000 and $100,000 for a commercial license. Learning to fly can seem expensive, and it is, but a lot of the cost involved is due to the high cost of running and maintaining the equipment involved. If you think about it, both types of aircrafts are very expensive and the cost of hiring them, keeping them in good shape and storing them when not in use can really add up. There are a lot of man hours required in teaching students how to use them as well, which adds to the cost.