FAQ

Helicopter FAQs

When can I fly solo?

There is no minimum age to begin flight training. You do have to be at least 16 years old before you can fly solo, however, and at least 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate.

What is the minimum age requirement for helicopter flight training?

Once you have passed the flight physical and your flight instructor has given you approval, you can start flying solo once you are at least 16 years of age.

What documents do I need to provide before I can start helicopter training?

Before you can start helicopter training, you will need to provide your birth certificate or passport and a picture ID.

How long is your helicopter license flight school program?

That depends on you! We offer several training programs tailored to fit your needs including private pilot, commercial pilot, and instrument rating training. Each program will vary in length. The syllabus requires you to achieve certain minimum hours. If you decide to go full time, you can achieve your commercial license in 6 months or less.

How much is your helicopter license flight school program?

The cost will depend on which program you choose. Call or email us today and we can provide a custom quote for the course(s) you would like to complete.

What financing options are available for helicopter school?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to attend helicopter flight school, and thus, provide flexible pay-as-you-go options and are always upfront about costs. Outside funding may be eligible for students who qualify through the following:

    • VA Funding: Veterans can use their VA benefits to pay for helicopter school. Learn more!
    • Student Loans: We partnered with Klamath Community College to offer an associate’s degree in Aviation Science. Students who enroll get access to federal, bank, and private student loans. Learn more!
    • Scholarships: You have the option to apply for aviation scholarships including but not limited to:

Do you have housing or accommodation options near your helicopter flight school?

Yes, we offer several options! The first one is staying at nearby well-established hotels, where we can get you preferred night rates. If you prefer long-term housing, we can work with you to find an apartment or home that meets your budget and needs. Alternatively, we also offer convenient rooms at our private houses (subject to availability) near our Newberg and Klamath Falls, Oregon aviation bases. This is a popular option because you will be able to live near other students and aviators in the flight industry. We are happy to answer any questions you have about housing accommodations and look forward to hearing from you!

How many helicopters do you have?

Precision owns and operates 4 Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters for training purposes. They have cutting edge technology and are considered to be some of the safest training helicopters to fly.

Do you have instrument equipped (IFR) helicopters?

Yes, we do have instrument trainer helicopters and provide instrument training and recurrency training for helicopter pilots.

Why don’t you fly Robinson helicopters?

Precision has adopted the Cabri G2 exclusively for basic flight training. This aircraft is the safest training helicopter in the world and provides state-of-the-art design in materials, instrumentation, usability and is not subject to any Special Federal Aviation Regulations (SFARs). Its design is commensurate with industry standards, which means you get real-world training experience. More and more flight schools across the US (and the rest of the globe) are now using the Cabri for these reasons. The Robinson R-22 helicopter is constructed from older technology with fewer safety features and is subject to SFARs.

Does your helicopter training include off-airport operations?

Yes, we do off-airport training and consider it an important part of your holistic flight education.

Will I be able to do full-down autorotations during my training?

Full-down autos are mandated as part of the CFI course, but since the Cabri performs autos so well, you will get every opportunity to see and fly full-down autos as part of other courses as well.

I hear it rains a lot in the PNW, does that affect helicopter flying?

Rain does not affect or prevent us from flying. We fly all year and 7 days a week. However, in rare circumstances, lack of visibility, or extremely dangerous weather may permit us from flying for safety reasons.

Are you a 141 helicopter school?

Yes, we do have instrument trainer helicopters and provide instrument training and recurrency training for helicopter pilots.

What is a 141 helicopter school and how does that benefit me?

A Part 141 school has demonstrated to the FAA that it meets all the requirements to train students using a fully developed curriculum of training. Because of this, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny and oversight by the FAA with regards to its personnel, facility, aircraft, and program. Additionally, the VA requires aviation schools to be a Part 141 in order for veterans to use their benefits. SEVIS also requires international students to go through 141 curriculum when training with us.

How many helicopter students do you have in your flight school?

The number of students we have enrolled in school will vary throughout the year, but we keep a ratio of approximately 4 students to an instructor at any time. This ensures that each student gets the best possible training experience in a comfortable setting.

I work full-time and/or my schedule changes. Are there helicopter flight instructors available after work and/or on weekends? Can you accommodate changing schedule needs?

Of course. We can work around your schedule and offer flexible flight class times. We fly year-round and we’re open 7 days a week!

Will I get turbine and/or long-line time during my training?

We welcome the opportunity to provide turbine time and long-line training. It is an expertise we are proud of. We aren’t just a training organization; we are affiliated with a Part 135 Charter Operator and Part 133 External Load Operator. Our instructors are industry experienced, so you know you are getting trained by the very best.

Airplane FAQs

What is the minimum age to start airplane pilot training?

There is no minimum age to begin flight training. However, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can fly solo and 17 before you can be issued a pilot certificate.

What do I need before I can start airplane pilot training?

Before you can start airplane training, you will need to provide your birth certificate or passport and a picture ID.

How long is your airplane pilot license training program?

That depends on you! We offer several training programs tailored to fit your needs and each program will vary in length. The syllabus requires you to achieve certain minimum hours. If you decide to go full time, you can achieve your commercial license in 6 months.

How much does it cost to attend airplane training school?

The cost will depend on which airplane program you choose. Call or email us today and we can provide a custom quote for the course(s) you would like to complete.

How can I pay for airplane pilot school?

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to attend airplane flight school, and thus, provide flexible pay-as-you-go options and are always upfront about costs. Outside funding may be eligible for students who qualify through the following:

VA Funding: Veterans can use their VA benefits to pay for airplane school. Learn more!
Student Loans: We partnered with Klamath Community College to offer an associate’s degree in Aviation Science. Students who enroll get access to federal, bank, and Sallie Mae student loans. Learn more!
Scholarships: You have the option to apply for aviation scholarships including but not limited to:
AOPA
FAA Scholarship
Whirly Girls
Scholarships

Do you have housing/accommodation options nearby for students attending airplane pilot license training?

Certainly! The first option is staying at nearby well-established hotels, where we can get you preferred nightly rates. If you prefer long-term housing, we can work with you to find an apartment or home that meets your budget and needs. Alternatively, we have convenient rooms for rent at our private houses (subject to availability) near our Newberg and Klamath Falls, Oregon airplane bases. This is a popular option because you will be able to live near other students and professionals in the aviation industry.

How many airplanes do you have?

Precision operates 4 airplanes (both single engine and twin) for basic and advanced aviation training.

How many helicopters do you have?

Precision owns and operates 4 Guimbal Cabri G2 helicopters for training purposes. They have cutting edge technology and are considered to be some of the safest training helicopters to fly.

Do you have any instrument equipped (IFR) airplanes?

We do have instrument equipped airplanes. Instrument and recurrency training is provided to airplane pilots.

Does your airplane training include off-airport operations?

Yes! We do off-airport training and consider it an important part of your flight education.

I hear it rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest. Does that prevent you from flying airplanes?

Rain does not affect or prevent us from flying our airplanes. We fly all year and 7 days a week. However, in special circumstances, lack of visibility, or extremely dangerous weather may permit us from flying to ensure the safety of all instructors and students.

Are you a 141 airplane flight school?

Yes, Precision Aviation Training is a 141 flight school and operates to the highest standards.

What is a 141 airplane flight school and how does that benefit me?

A part 141 airplane school has demonstrated to the FAA that it meets all the requirements to train students using a fully developed curriculum of training. Because of this, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny and oversight by the FAA with regards to its personnel, facility, aircraft and program. Additionally, the VA requires aviation schools to be a Part 141 in order for veterans to use their benefits.

How many students do you have in your airplane pilot license training program?

That will vary throughout the year, but we keep a ratio of approximately 4 students to an instructor at any time. This ensures that each student gets the best possible training experience in a comfortable setting.

I work full-time and/or my schedule changes. Are there flight instructors available after work and/or on weekends? Can you accommodate changing schedule needs?

Of course. We can work around your schedule and offer flexible flight class times year-round. We are open 7 days a week!

Can I rent one of your airplanes and take my friends and family for a flight?

Once you have obtained your airplane pilot certificate from us or demonstrate a level of proficiency if you have a pilot certificate from another school, with proper checkout and renter’s insurance, you can definitely take your friends and family for flights.

Veteran FAQs

I’m a veteran, can I use my pre/post VA benefits at your school?

Yes, you can. (Post 9/11 GI Bill).

What do veterans need to do before they can start flight training with you?

The first thing you will need to do is apply for benefits. https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/. Before you begin, we will also need your Birth Certificate or Passport, picture ID and a 2nd Class Aviation Medical Certificate.

How much will it cost to attend flight school if I am a veteran?

Since we offer a variety of helicopter and airplane training programs, the cost will depend on which VA approved program(s) you choose, and your benefit package with the VA. As a veteran, the VA may help pay for part or all of your training so you can become a certified pilot.

Will my VA benefits cover living expenses and school supplies?

Yes! If you obtain a full-time status with the community college you will be eligible to receive both a housing and book stipend. Housing benefits vary upon where you are living.

What housing options are available for veterans who attend your flight school?

The first one is staying at nearby hotels where we can get you preferred night rates. If you prefer long-term housing, we can work with you to find a rental that meets your budget and needs. Alternatively, we also offer convenient rooms at our private houses (subject to availability) near our Newberg and Klamath Falls, Oregon aviation base. This gives you the chance to live near other students and aviators in the flight industry. Reach out to our team and we can help you find the right housing accommodation for you!

Is Precision a 141 school and what are the benefits? Are your programs VA approved?

Yes, Precision Aviation is a 141 school! A 141 school meets all the strict requirements to train students using a full developed curriculum training program set by the FAA. Our training programs are also VA approved and we have a mighty team of experienced pilots, veterans, and logistics experts who support inactive and active military personnel.

I work full-time and/or my schedule changes. Are there instructors available after work and/or on weekends?

We fly year-round and we’re open 7 days a week! We can easily work around your schedule.

How many veterans attend your flight school?

The number of veterans attending our flight school will depend on the time of year, but we keep a ratio of approximately 4 students to an instructor at any time. Our world class instructors will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a real-world environment.

Do veterans need to attend an aviation school associated with a college degree program?

You do not need to be associated with a College Program to use your benefits. However, by attending a college degree program it shifts your benefits into a different category, from Vocational Flight Training to Institute of Higher Learning. To be eligible for full coverage of all certificates, including your Private Pilot’s License, you must be enrolled in the College Program. Outside of the college, you still have great benefits, just with limitation.

Can I use my VOC REHAB benefits at your aviation school?

Yes, you can! Under the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program you can be approved for flight training while correlated to a degree plan.

Foreign Student FAQs

Can foreign students train at your school?

We welcome students from all over the world. We have trained foreign students from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, and several Asian countries. Many of our students came to us already licensed in their home country, but just as many have come to us and started their training with no previous experience.

Do foreign students need a visa to do flight training at Precision?

You do need to enter the country under the appropriate Visa to allow for flight training. Students accepted into our program are eligible for an M1 Visa.

I have a foreign pilot’s license, how do I get an FAA license?

Depending on your situation, the requirements to get an FAA license can vary. We are experienced in the process and can provide all the information, as well as help you through the process. We can provide you with a guide with links to all the important steps. To enable us to determine exactly what that process is for you, call or email us with your specifics.

I will only be in the country for a limited time, will I have enough time to finish my rating?

We will do our very best to make that happen, but unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that you will do it. We will give you an honest assessment beforehand as to your chances of achieving your goal in the time frame you have. Our best effort to date is 18 days for a complete commercial license + IFR add-on! We did this in January no less! The student had no previous rotary flight time – however, he was a high-time, fixed-wing pilot and he had completed all of his written tests prior to beginning the course.

What is the cost? Is pricing different for foreign students who are already licensed in their home country?

The cost will be a function of how much flying you need to do. Please email us at train@flyprecision.com and tell us what license(s) and ratings you have and what you are looking to attain – we can then provide an accurate quote.

I am a foreign student. When can I start my flight training?

Any time that suits you, you can’t solo until you are 16, but you can start before then!

What do I need before I can start my training?

Birth Certificate or Passport and a picture ID. You’ll need a Flight Physical before you can fly solo. You also must obtain the relevant visa to enter the United States.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Transport Safety Administration (TSA) took on the responsibility of ensuring that all foreign flight students, resident aliens, and tourists seeking flight training do not pose a security threat. Any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States is considered an alien. This also includes resident aliens (green-card holders) and visa holders in the United States. Aliens are required to seek and obtain permission to receive flight training through a process of citizenship and background verification by the TSA. Students will need to be in country on a visa status that allows for training.

Do you have housing/accommodation options nearby?

Yes, we do! The first one is staying at nearby hotels where we can get you preferred night rates. If you prefer long-term housing, we can work with you to find an apartment or home that meets your budget and needs. Alternatively, we also offer convenient rooms at our private houses (subject to availability) near our Newberg and Klamath Falls, Oregon aviation base. This is a popular option because you will be able to live near other students and aviators in the flight industry. Contact us today and we can help you find the right housing accommodation for you!

Are you a 141 school? What is a 141 school and how does that benefit me?

Yes, Precision Aviation is a 141 school and has years of experience working with foreign students! A Part 141 school has demonstrated to the FAA that it meets all the requirements to train students using a fully developed curriculum of training. Because of this, it is subject to a higher level of scrutiny and oversight by the FAA with regards to it’s personnel, facility, aircraft and program. If traveling under an M1 Visa, you will be required to train under Part 141.

How many foreign students do you have?

The number of foreign students we have will vary throughout the year, but we make sure that each instructor keeps a ratio of approximately 4 students at a time.

I’m a foreign student, work full-time and/or my schedule changes. Are there instructors available after work and/or on weekends? Can you accommodate changing schedule needs?

We fly year round and we’re open 7 days a week! If traveling on an M1 Visa you are required to maintain full time student status.