External Load Training

Heli Aviation is proud to introduce several new courses designed to teach pilots the art of vertical reference and long line/external load flying. This real-world training includes practicing with 25, 50, and 100ft long lines, using a cargo net, lifting a 500lb weight bin, and flying precision Maneuvers such as setting utility poles and simulating placing A/C units as well as using the Bambi Bucket for simulated fire fighting. Various courses are offered to include a Trial Lesson and the Pro Course on a Bell 206 L-3 Helicopter.

The long line courses we offer get you hands-on experience with the equipment you’ll actually be using when you start work as a long line pilot. The lines we use, made of a composite fiber called Dyneema or Plasma, are quickly becoming the industry standard due to their light weight and strength. Practicing with this real world equipment and trying your hand at lots of realistic scenarios will prove invaluable when you start working as a long line helicopter pilot. We operate a Bell 206 Long Ranger which is commonly used for Utility work throughout the industry and gives you the skills required of being a Part 133 Pilot.

  • COURSE PREREQUISITES
    Hold at least a Private Rotorcraft Rating.
    Able to read, speak & understand the English language.
    Hold at least a 3rd Class Medical.

    Weight does not exceed 300 lbs.

  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    5-10 hrs Dual Training Bell 206 L-3
    5-10 hrs Utility Equipment Charter
    2 hrs Ground Instruction

  • COURSE COMPLETION
    Receives a Part 133 External Load Training Endorsement from an authorized Instructor.

  • ESTIMATED DURATION
    3 to 7 days

  • ESTIMATED COSTS
    $4,025 (5hrs) to $9,750 USD (10hrs)
    Pay as you go, NO upfront payments. Call about Financing.