18 Hangar Road
White Plains, NY 10604
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Wings Air is a Part 61 professional helicopter flight school and Part 135 certified commercial operator based out of White Plains, NY. Our training operations are conducted exclusively in the Schweizer 300C and CBi; we have specifically chosen the 300 series for it's superior safety, performance and comfort over the Robinson R-22. Whether your dream includes flying recreationally, flying to further your business or starting an aviation career, Wings Air is dedicated to giving you the tools, skills and knowledge to succeed as a licensed helicopter pilot.
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The first step towards an exciting adventure as a helicopter pilot. Your first lesson starts with a 30-minute ground briefing covering helicopter flight controls, flying technique and safety procedures. The ground briefing is followed by a 25-minute, one-on-one flight with one of our professional flight instructors. Once airborne we'll give you control of the helicopter and let you fly while taking in stunning views of Westchester County, the New York/Connecticut coastline, the Hudson River and the NYC skyline. We've even equipped our helicopters with HD video cameras so you can relive every moment of your flight.
The Private Pilot course is an exciting opportunity for those with no flying experience to start flying for business or pleasure. If you would like to fly as a commercial pilot, this is also your first step toward a career as a professional pilot.To obtain a Private Pilot Certificate you must
- Be 17 years old at the completion of the course
- Be a U.S. citizen or be approved by the Transportation Security Administration
- Be able to read, speak, write and understand English
- Pass an FAA third class medical examination
- Fly a minimum of 40 hours, including 30 with an instructor and 10 solo
- Pass the FAA private pilot written test
- Pass the FAA private pilot practical test
Upon completing the Private Pilot course, you will receive a Private Pilot certificate with a rotorcraft category rating and a helicopter class rating.
The estimated minimum cost to obtain your Private Pilot certificate is $15,000.00.
Ready to get started? Call us to schedule your introductory flight.
Airplane Pilots who already hold Private, Commercial, ATP or CFI Ratings in fixed-wing aircraft can earn an "Add-On" rating in a helicopter. Those pilots are not required to take the FAA Commercial Helicopter written exam and the minimum number of total required dual training hours is reduced.Requirements
- Log a minimum of 30 hours, 20 dual and 10 solo
- Hold a valid FAA private pilot certificate
- Attain at least a Third Class Medical
- Pass an FAA practical test
The Commercial Pilot Program is oriented toward the student who wishes to make a career as a helicopter pilot. The syllabus is designed to prepare you for the practical demands of professional flying. The certificate you obtain at the end of this course will qualify you to fly most of the commonly-used civilian helicopters.
Phase I (Private Pilot)
This phase will be conducted as outlined in the Private Pilot Program. The main advantages to obtaining a Private Pilot Certificate are that you may carry passengers and that the time you spend flying with your instructor can be recorded in your logbook as Pilot In Command (PIC) time.
Phase II (Solo experience)
During this phase your instructor will concentrate on two areas as you build-up your PIC time to the required 100 hours. The first of these is congested-area flying. Together you will make several flights through the busy New York City airspace. This type of flying puts considerable demands on the pilot, both in terms of flying skills and aeronautical knowledge.
The second area on which your instructor will concentrate is off-airport operations. You will learn the techniques of pinnacle approaches as used when landing on a mountaintop or on a rooftop helipad. You will also practice confined area landings. These include forest clearings, narrow streets, and other situations where the flight-path is severely restricted by obstacles.
Phase III (Pre-checkride)
The last few hours of training will be spent with your instructor, preparing for the specific requirements of the flight test.
The minimum number of flight hours required for the Commercial Certificate is 150 and it is reasonable to expect that you will attain the required standard to pass the checkride with that number of hours.
This class prepares you for the written exam and also introduces you to commercial operations. Essentially, the Commercial Pilot written examination is based on the same material as the Private Pilot test, but at a higher standard. The additional detail and depth of knowledge will be attained through one-on-one tuition with your instructor, combined with a program of home study.
To be eligible to take the test for a Commercial Pilot Certificate you must hold a Class II Medical Certificate.
The majority of professional civilian pilots start their aviation careers as flight instructors. To become a flight instructor, you must possess an FAA Commercial Pilots License and pass the CFI Practical Exam.
The CFI Program is primarily a ground course, with heavy emphasis on the fundamentals of instructing and refining your knowledge to the standard required to train a new pilot. Students in the CFI program are expected to create a lesson plan book which will serve as a teaching aid during the practical exam and eventually, as a resource during their new career as an instructor.
The flight-training portion places emphasis on teaching from the co-pilot seat and mastering full-down autorotations. CFI applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the ability to land the helicopter, without any assistance from the engine.
Instrument training gives a pilot the certification needed to fly in zero visibility conditions by referencing a special set of instruments in the cockpit. Aside from allowing you to fly in less than ideal weather, the advantages of an instrument rating are numerous. In the modern aviation world instrument training is vital; approximately 80% of commercial helicopter jobs require an instrument rating. A pilot who is instrument rated is better prepared for accidental IMC (unintentional flight into poor visibility conditions), highly proficient at reading instrument indications and has in depth knowledge of aviation meteorology. In addition, pilots who are instrument rated receive better insurance rates than those without an instrument rating.
Obtaining the instrument rating is arguably one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges a pilot can take on. With a fully equipped instrument ship, an FAA certified flight simulator and every one of our flight instructors certified to teach instruments, Wings Air can provide you with everything you need to conquer the instrument rating and join an elite group of pilots.
Why Wings Air
The Ultimate Flying Experience
We have a saying here, “If you can fly in New York, you can fly anywhere.” Westchester County Airport and the surrounding area offers students a challenging yet rewarding training environment. With diverse weather conditions, high air traffic volumes and a complex airspace system you’ll be training in an environment that will prepare you to fly under the most demanding conditions. Whether you’re navigating to New York City along local helicopter routes or flying out east on a cross-country flight, you can count on receiving the flying experience of a lifetime.
The Schweizer 300 series is our helicopter of choice for all of our training operations. The S300 was originally designed for the U.S. Army to train combat pilots; over the years it has proven itself to be the world’s best training helicopter with an outstanding safety record. When compared to the Robinson R-22 (the trainer used by the majority of flight schools) you’ll find that the Schweizer offers more power, a higher load/fuel capacity, superior handling and a more comfortable cockpit with an excellent field of view.
|Schweizer 300C||Robinson R-22 Beta|
|Power output||190 hp||131 hp|
|Useful load||950 lbs||515 lbs|
|Fuel capacity||64 gal||29.7 gal|
|Fuel delivery system||Fuel injected||Carburetor|
|Maximum pilot weight||N/A||240 lbs|
We take pride in the close relationship we have with our students. As a Part 61 flight school all lessons are conducted one-on-one. This means that each lesson will be tailored to fit your needs. Your instructor will treat you as a valued member of the team- at Wings Air you are more than just a customer.
HD Cameras + GPS Tracking
Our training aircraft are equipped with high definition video cameras and GPS tracking. After a flight we are able to give you a detailed debrief by reviewing footage from inside and outside the cockpit. GPS tracking allows us to review airspeed, altitude and ground track in order to assess performance and provide additional feedback. With these tools you can be assured that you’ll be getting the very most out of your flight time.
With a full time, professional aviation technical staff we are able to perform routine maintenance and repairs at our facilities without relying on third parties. This helps us keep aircraft down times to a minimum and ensures consistent, high quality maintenance. Having our technical staff also gives our students the opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a helicopter and partake in the maintenance process.
Relax in our Pilot’s Lounge before or after your flight lessons. Complementary snacks and drinks are available for you while you study, flight plan and talk about your latest aerial adventure with other pilots.