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This is the basic rating required of all pilots. A Private certificate will allow you to carry passengers and enjoy the privileges and freedom of flight. All other ratings in the program build from this primary rating.
A Commercial rating is required for a pilot to be employed as a professional pilot. While this is not the only rating you will need to become employable, it is generally the second step in your flight training.
The CFI rating enables a pilot to teach other Private, Commercial and CFI students in the helicopter and in a classroom. We encourage students enrolled in our Professional Pilot Program to work towards their CFI rating at the same time they are preparing for their Commercial rating. A pilot’s first job flying will likely be as an instructor, which is why we include this training in the Professional Pilot Program.
The School is scheduled for 1,5 Years for the full course of these 5 Licenses.
Discover the different Stepping stones along the way.
The Instrument Rating enables a pilot
to fly the aircraft referencing only the instrument panel, a desirable skill to possess in clouds or any situation where visibility is impaired. In today’s job market, most employers require this rating.
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Instrument Instructor rating enables the pilot to teach Instrument and CFI-I students both in the helicopter and in a classroom. Although employers are not necessarily looking for CFI-I applicants, the rating adds depth to a pilot’s skills and is attractive to potential employers. Also, many schools, including Mauna Loa, require this rating in order to be employed as an instructor.
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External Load Training
External Load or sling line training teaches the pilot to lift and move an external load by employing a sling line attached to the helicopter. Typically this skill will help pilots when looking for work with utility operations, such as logging, emergency evacuation, and moving objects into or out of remote locations.
Mountain & Valley Training
As with high altitude operations, flying in valleys and mountainous areas requires a specific set of skills. Unpredictable winds, downdrafts and other phenomenon can make mountain and valley flying particularly challenging.
Offshore training will help you develop the confidence and experience to be comfortable flying out of sight of land. Such experience is helpful for many jobs, especially in the oil industry, which can require pilots fly long distances over water.
This Training is integrated in the Licenses
External Load or sling line training teaches the pilot to lift and move an external load by employing a sling line attached to the helicopter.
As with high altitude operations, flying in valleys and mountainous areas requires a specific set of skills.
Offshore training will help you develop the confidence and experience to be comfortable flying out of sight of land.
Class B Airspace Training
Mastering the ins and outs of Class B prepares the pilot to operate comfortably in any airport environment.
High Altitude Training
This training, as the name suggests, teaches the pilot to fly safely at higher altitudes.
The nation’s busiest airports are surrounded by what is classified as Class B Airspace. Student pilots are often intimidated by the prospect of flying shoulder-to-shoulder with large aircraft in a quickly changing environment. Mastering the ins and outs of Class B prepares the pilot to operate comfortably in any airport environment. Students enrolled in our Commercial training typically receive Class B exposure, but the training can be requested by any rated pilot.
This training, as the name suggests, teaches the pilot to fly safely at higher altitudes. Because aircraft and engine performance at altitude is compromised, training is essential for student pilots to acquire the necessary finesse and skill. For those interested in eventually working in the mountains, this training is quite helpful.
MLH in association with Night Flight Concepts, has launched a night vision goggle (NVG) training program.
Robinson Safety Course
The Robinson Pilot Safety Course is a 3-1/2 day course.
MLH in association with Night Flight Concepts, has launched a night vision goggle (NVG) training program. The Mauna Loa NVG course provides in-depth academic curriculum and operational flight training in order to increase safety, situational awareness and mission operation capabilities during night flight.
The Robinson Pilot Safety Course is a 3-1/2 day course, which includes 2-1/2 days of classroom instruction and 1 day devoted to maintenance, pre-flight inspections, and flying with an experienced RHC pilot in the R22 or R44. The course is held at Robinson Helicopter Company headquarters in Torrance California. This course is not a requirement for graduation.