To be a pilot takes a serious commitment and hard work. But it is way worth it! Few careers will give you as big of a variation as helicopters will, all over the world. Do you want to muster cattle in Australia, or be a mountain rescue in the Alps? Maybe you want to work with external loads and build giant radio towers, or maybe to work with photographers to get those extraordinary glimpses into wildlife? There are a lot more options within this industry than you will ever have time to do in your lifetime, and few people really knows what they want to do before they try it! But whatever you eventually pick, you need to work for it. It is a small industry with a lot of soul. We will try to guide you as best as we can, but eventually it all falls on you!
1. Are you right for the jobb.
Do you think you´re up to the challenge? Take your time and read the question for yourself. No one is perfect, thinking you are might be the most dangerous thing to do as a pilot. If you answer true 22 times – you are ready. We wish you the best of luck and many safe landings!
Q1: I handle stress well?
Q2: I am a team player?
Q3: I like new experiences?
Q4: I am not a thrill-seeker?
Q5: I am a hard worker?
Q6: I am willing to move around?
Q7: I have good hearing?
Q8: I wonder how birds can fly?
Q9: I take care of my health?
Q10: Alcohol/drugs is not important?
Q11: Weekends are not time off?
Q12: I am not colour-blind?
Q13: I have a high-school degree?
Q14: Mathematics is not an enemy?
Q15: I am focused on improvement?
Q16: I speak English?
Q17: I have done piloting research?
Q18: I am 18 years of age or older?
Q19: I am mentally fit?
Q20: I have good hand-to-eye co-ordination?
Q21: I don´t suffer from acrophobia?
Q22: I am a focused personality?
Q23: I don´t seek danger?
Q24: I can be the one?
2. Visit the School
Before you make any decisions you should, if possible, visit the school your thinking of attending. If you´re thinking about a integrated course, these are the people you are going to spend a year with and the people you want to start the rest of your career with. We are more than happy to accommodate a visit so you can get to know us a little and we of course want to meet you as well. To set up a visit just use the contact form or if possible give us a call.
3. Arrange finance
It´s not cheap to become a pilot, but it is a valuable investment in your future.
Secured loan Usually in the form of a property.
Savings Use it to kick-start the training. Work in between the phases..
Family It can be tough to ask, but as a CPL pilot you can start earning money and paying back from day 1.
Pay in instalments Pay as you fly over your 10-12 months. Spread out the cost.
4. Get a Medical Certificate
CPL pilot require a Medical Certificate Class 1, PPL require Class 2. It´s best to undergo this evaluation before joining a course. It needs to be in the country that is going to issue your Pilot License. If you do the medical examination in an EASA member state other than Sweden, it can be transferred. In Sweden there are only two places allowed to issue a Class 1, follow the links below. We guide you if you have an EASA Medical Certificate and want to transfer it to Sweden. www.flygdykmed.se www.flygmedc.se
5. Take a trial flight
If you are playing with the idea or if you already decided to become a helicopter pilot, it is always a good idea to take a trail flight. The trial flight is your first real lesson, where one of our instructors takes you out for a 30min flight where you are on the controls! This flight can be credited towards a future license/rating. But be warned, there is a high chance of developing a life long addiction!
6. Start education
Now is the time to become a full-time helicopter nerd! Start reading up on the theory before you start the education. The world of aviation is riddled with acronyms and abbreviations, if you learn some of these before starting everything will become just a little easier. Brush up your math skills, you will have to perform and understand basic equations and a basic understanding of trigonometry.
You should also start to get an overview about the companies operating helicopters in the area you live or the area you want to fly. Or accept the idea that you probably will have to move for work. Hopefully you as a person see this as a good thing! Flying and working in different countries and environments will help you become a better pilot.
Start networking– connections are key! Just call a company you´re interested in and ask if you can come by for a visit, (tip: don´t forget to bring some pastries ). They probably won´t hire you before you have a license, or maybe not right away after, but you will stand out from the rest of the applicants. Even if they don’t have anything for you they might point you in the right direction.
Remember what John F. Kennedy said, “ Things do not happen, Things are made to happen!”
7. Place to live in Sweden
At the moment we do not supply accommodation, but we do assist in finding a place to live. During the years we have made a lot of connections around the vicinity of the airport. Gothenburg is a big city and there are always apartments to rent. We usually try to pair student up to share an apartment to reduce the living expenses.
8. The flight training
The use of a training syllabus is an effective way for the flight instructor to lead you through the proper steps of the education. The development of good study habits is key. Practice visualising the flight instructor’s explanation plus those of the textbook. Study habits should include time spent with cockpit familiarization.
9. Earn your Solo Wings
Earning your solo wings is a big step for a new pilot. Finally flying the aircraft on your own is an exhilarating feeling. We will be there to send you off and also be there to celebrate you when you get back.
10. Your Graduation
The day of your skill-test is a testament to your hard work and proof that you had what it took to become a pilot. We will not put you up for a skill-test if we don’t think you can do it, and when that day arrives remember one thing, your instructor is probably more nervous than you!
11. Start your real training
Even though the day of your skill-test is a day to remember, it is important to realize that this is the the day the “real” training starts. We are all learning all the time! During your course you have helped your instructor become a better pilot while he was training you. This is important. No one is ever fully trained, and the day you think you are is the day you should stop flying!
As Han Solo would say: “Great kid, don’t get cocky!”