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Why Fly With Chopperline?

Excellent Location and Facilities

Chopperline Flight Training offers comprehensive theory and flight training for helicopters. It is one of the largest and most successful combined flying schools in Australia. Chopperline Flight Training is a CRICOS approved international training organisation, teaching both overseas and Australian students. We provide diversified and specialised aviation services throughout Australia and internationally in the areas of training, operations and educational courses.

On Schedule Training

We offer fully coordinated ground and flight training to enable completion of your course in the minimum time, whilst providing the best quality training. Our flexibility and understanding of individual circumstances helps accommodate any special needs you may have.

We ensure that adequate staff and resources are available for you to complete your training as scheduled.

Friendly Atmosphere

At Chopperline Flight Training you will find a very welcoming and friendly group of instructors, staff and students. You will meet and study with students from all walks of life and different parts of the world. You will be given the opportunity to interact with all areas of aviation including the maintenance facilities.

Best Training Environment

Chopperline has two great world class locations for training. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Both locations provide the best training environment with their unique coastal locations.

A mix of controlled and non controlled airspace ensures our students are trained to the highest standard across the board. Each location has readily accessible low flying and confined training areas and supplementary navigational aids near each location.

The flight school offers air conditioned facilities, and student rest areas. wireless internet is also available for our students.

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It was an awesome day, so happy my wife surprised me with this gift. As a first time flyer I was happy with the 1/2hr flight but within hours I was ready to get back in the air again!

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The instructor Shane was excellent he made the flight extremely pleasurable would recommend this to anyone thank you for making this experience a memorable one.

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Helicopter instructor was very professional and I felt safe learning to fly under his guidance.

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Helicopter Pilot Training

Chopperline delivers Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) training for aspiring pilots who want to fly helicopters for pleasure. Our PPL is also suitable for people looking to begin pilot training with the basics and work toward their Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) in a modular way.

At course completion, you will be qualified to fly a helicopter alone or with passengers for private use. You will also have gained the skills and experience to commence further flight training with confidence.

Course Structure

Our PPL includes both flight training and theory training – that means you will master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.

Flight training

You will complete a minimum of 50 hours flying which includes at least:

  • 10 hours of general flight time as pilot in command
  • 6 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command

Training aircraft

  • Robinson R22
  • Robinson R44
  • Bell 206

Theory training

PPL theory training covers the following:

  • flight rules and air law
  • human factors
  • navigation
  • meteorology
  • operations, performance and planning

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Chopperline PPL should:

  • be at least 15 years old
  • be able to demonstrate English language proficiency

Course Duration

6-8* weeks full time

*Flight training is competency based and therefore duration is, in part, determined by pilot skill. Adverse weather conditions may also impact on course duration.

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Chopperline offers students the opportunity to undertake study and exams for CPL (helicopter) theory in a modular way. Modules are usually completed in a linear sequence (in order from 1-7), but you choose when to undertake each component. This means you can fit your training and theory studies around your work, family life and other commitments.

We recommend students undertake our Ground School Induction Day workshop before commencing CPL theory studies.

Course Structure

Ground School Induction

Our ground School Induction is a one day workshop that provides you with an overview of all CPL theory modules, expectations and general study requirements.

Duration

1 day

1. Meteorology

Meteorology theory covers a range of issues related to the weather and the atmosphere as it relates to and affects aircraft navigation; from composition of the atmosphere and clouds and precipitation, to wind and climatology.

Duration

7 days

2. Navigation

This theory module involves the study of principles of navigation including form of the earth (shape, latitude/longitude, equator and terrestrial magnetism) and time, to charts and publications and radio navigation aids.

Duration

9 days

3. Air Law

Air Law theory covers a range of requirements, regulations and procedures regarding licensing for helicopter pilots, rules and conditions of flight, airspace and airworthiness and more.

Duration

8 days

4. Human Factors

This theory module encompasses the study of a wide range of issues affecting how people perform tasks in their work and non-work environments, from basic health and fitness, to toxic hazards and crew coordination.

Duration

5 days

5. Aerodynamics

Aerodynamic theory covers topics relevant to helicopters including terminology and theoretical frameworks, manoeuvres and performance considerations. Further, you will examine a range of issues from rotor blade aerodynamics and hovering flight, to power requirements and other conditions.

Duration

6 days

6. Aircraft General Knowledge

Aircraft General Knowledge involves the study of principles and knowledge relevant to helicopter systems, their engines and related equipment.

Duration

5 days

7. Operational Performance And Flight Planning

This theory module examines a number of issues relevant to helicopter pilots, from helicopter limitations and forward climb performance, to weight and balance and flight plan preparation.

Duration

8 days

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Our Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) course is your quickest and most direct route to a career in aviation. Our intensive CPL is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and has been designed in conjunction with industry to ensure that upon completion you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to fly as a professional pilot. Pilots with a CPL work in a diverse range of industry sectors – from agriculture and tourism to aerial surveillance, rescue, fire fighting and passenger transport.

Course Structure

Our CPL includes both flight training and theory training – so you can master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.

Flight training

You will complete a minimum of 105 hours flying which includes at least:

  • 25 general hours as pilot in command
  • 10 hours cross country as pilot in command

Training aircraft

  • Robinson R22
  • Robinson R44
  • Bell 206

Theory training

CPL theory training covers the following:

  • aerodynamics
  • operations, performance and flight planning
  • aircraft general knowledge
  • navigation
  • meteorology
  • flight rules and air law
  • human factors

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Chopperline CPL should:

  • be at least 15 years old
  • be able to demonstrate English language proficiency

Course Duration

24 weeks full time

Part time study options are available.

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In Australia we offer our international students a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter) as the quickest and most direct route to a career in aviation. This intensive course is approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and has been designed in conjunction with industry to ensure that upon completion you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to fly as a professional pilot. Pilots with a Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter) work in a diverse range of industry sectors – from agriculture and tourism to aerial surveillance, rescue, fire fighting and passenger transport.

Course Structure

This course includes both flight training and theory training – that means you will master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.

Flight training

You will complete a minimum of 100 hours flying which includes at least:

  • 25 general hours as pilot in command
  • 10 hours cross country as pilot in command

Training aircraft

  • Robinson R22
  • Robinson R44
  • Bell 206

Theory training

Theory training for this course covers the following:

  • aerodynamics
  • operations, performance and flight planning
  • aircraft general knowledge
  • navigation
  • meteorology
  • flight rules and air law
  • human factors

* Course Code: AVI50315. CRICOS Provider Code: 00296A ­ RTO Code: 31633 Nimvale Pty Ltd t/a Chopperline Flight Training

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Chopperline Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter) should:

  • domestic students: be at least 15 years old
  • international students: 17 years of age upon enrolment, 18 years of age to sit a flight test

In addition, international students should be able to demonstrate English language proficiency, via one of the following:

  • a pass in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall grade of 5.5 (with no paper lower than 5) or equivalent; or
  • completion of Year 12 English at an Australian school or college, or equivalent

Course Duration

32 weeks full time

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The Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) equips you with the skills and experience required to work as a marine and/or offshore transfers pilot, and to fly for emergency services and air ambulance. You will train with our experienced instructors to build and develop advanced-level pilot licence ratings and endorsements to enhance your career opportunities.

Course Structure

Our Diploma of Aviation (SECIR) consists of two distinct components - flight training and theory training. These are taught concurrently so you will master the practical while engaged with the theoretical.

Flight training

You will complete a minimum of 130 hours flying which includes at least:

  • 50 hours cross country pilot in command
  • 40 hours instrument time
  • 20 hours cross country instrument time
  • 10 hours dual instrument in-flight
  • 10 hours night flight (including 5 as pilot in command)

Training aircraft

  • Robinson R44
  • Bell 206

Theory training

Diploma of Aviation SECIR theory training covers:

  • general operational knowledge
  • meteorology
  • operational planning requirements
  • ground and space-based navigation systems and infrastructure
  • performance based navigation (PBN)
  • reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM) operations
  • human factors

* Course Code: AVI50408. CRICOS Provider Code: 00296A ­ RTO Code: 31633 Nimvale Pty Ltd t/a Chopperline Flight Training

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the Chopperline Diploma of Aviation (SEIR) should:

  • be at least 15 years old

In addition, international students should be able to demonstrate English language proficiency, via one of the following:

  • A pass in an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with an overall grade of 5.5 (with no paper lower than 5) or equivalent; or
  • Completion of Year 12 English at an Australian school or college, or equivalent

Course Duration

20 weeks full time

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Sling Operations Rating

A Sling Operations Rating is an advanced flight training endorsement that enables you to carry an external load or cargo beneath the helicopter. A Sling Operations Rating gives you the skills you need to work in a range of high-demand flight operations including fire fighting, search and rescue, mining, cargo transport and agriculture.

Instructor Rating (Grade 3)

Any instructor will tell you that nothing beats the thrill of watching one of your students take their first solo flight. If you hold a CPL (Helicopter) and think you have what it takes to teach and inspire the next generation of helicopter pilots, then our Instructor Rating (Grade 3) course is for you.

Licence Conversion

Chopperline provides helicopter pilots with an opportunity to meet the employment demands of aviation companies around the world. Our Licence Conversion course enables you to convert an approved International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) to a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licence.

Low Level Rating

Our Low Level Rating gives you the skills and rating type you need for mustering, agricultural flying, and other low level operations including aerial photography and surveillance.

The Low Level Rating is suitable for pilots who hold a current CASA PPL(H). Students undertaking a Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) at Chopperline will usually gain this rating type as part of their training.

Night Visual Flight Rules

Approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), our Night Visual Flight Rules (VFR) course will help you develop the skills and experience needed to fly a helicopter in good weather at night, using visual navigation and radio navigation aids. Incorporating theoretical and practical flight training, this course provides you with further advanced flying skills to improve your employment opportunities.

Class and Type Rating Training

Chopperline offers class and type rating training for helicopter pilots wishing to fly specific helicopter types and increase their employment opportunities. In Australia you will need a rating endorsement to fly the following helicopters:

  • multi-crew helicopters
  • multi-engine helicopters
  • specified single-pilot helicopters that have performance, complexity or handling characteristics that warrant pilots completing a type-specific training course

We offer class rating training for:

  • Robinson R22, R44 and R66
  • Bell B206, B47, B407
  • Hughes MD500

We offer type rating training for:

  • Eurocopter EC135
  • AS355

For a list of our education agents, please visit our Airways Aviation website

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