HeliFlite Captains average over 7,000 hours of flight time. Co-pilots average over 2,000. These numbers are compelling, but they are made even more so when you consider that a Navy pilot may well be doing nighttime landings on a carrier at sea with 200 hours of flight time. Or when you consider that the FAA only requires helicopter captains to have 500 hours of flight time. In addition to exceptional pilot and co-pilot experience, all HeliFlite dispatchers are FAA-licensed.
All HeliFlite pilots are trained on a recurring basis by FlightSafety International. FlightSafety is the premier training provider for business aircraft globally. HeliFlite pilots train in a full-motion simulator and practice all aspects of professional airmanship. HeliFlite leads the industry in crew resource management training (CRM) which ensures that proper aircraft management and crew communication techniques are used by flight crew members at all times. Recurrent training is supplemented by HeliFlite’s own in-house training program that includes aircraft equipment such as TCAS, weather radar and GPS on a self-paced, monitored basis through a continuous training (CTS) program. HeliFlite also instructs its pilots in security situational awareness.
The HeliFlite fleet features a complement of Bell 430 and Sikorsky S-76 executive helicopters. All are Category A certified twin-engine helicopters, capable of single-engine flight in the unlikely event of an engine failure. Each aircraft is equipped with state-of-the-art digital cockpits, a Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS-1), Electronic Flight Instrumentation System (EFIS), and a Global Positioning System (GPS) for precise navigation in any weather.
Maintenance is performed in-house and all of our technicians are Airframe-and Powerplant-certified by the FAA. All aircraft receive rigorous and regular maintenance as recommended by Bell and Sikorsky.