What does a Helicopter Pilot do?

Helicopter pilots are responsible for the operation and control of helicopters and similar types of aircraft. They fly the aircraft, conduct pre-flight inspections, complete flight logs and other documentation, and oversee maintenance activities. Their primary priority must be to emphasize safety while in the air and ensure the aircraft is maintained in proper operating condition. They also are ultimately responsible for making determinations of whether it is unsafe to fly due to weather conditions or other factors.

Helicopter pilots must have a valid pilot’s license and have completed an FAA-approved training program. They also must have additional licenses and certifications as required by the specific position. Most positions require at least a certain number of flight hours. A variety of clearances and background checks are also required.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹1,29,290 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Helicopter Pilot Career Path

Learn how to become a Helicopter Pilot, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Helicopter Pilot Insights

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Berry AviationBerry Aviation
Part-135 Pilot
1 Dec 2019

“Captains are all tremendous and great to work with.”

UAV Pilot
14 Sep 2020

“great contract pay”

REACH Air MedicalREACH Air Medical
Helicopter Pilot
12 Mar 2021

“Good people to work with.”

PHI Air MedicalPHI Air Medical
Helicopter Pilot
1 Mar 2020

“Health insurance is terrible.”

Firehawk HelicoptersFirehawk Helicopters
Helicopter Pilot
10 Mar 2021

“Good pay for sitting around till fire season.”

US ArmyUS Army
US Army Helicopter Pilot
16 May 2021

“Poor work life balance.”

Air MethodsAir Methods
Helicopter Pilot
11 Aug 2021

“Schedule is good.”

Life Flight NetworkLife Flight Network
EMS Helicopter Pilot
18 Oct 2020

“Everyone cares and puts forth an honest effort to do their best.”

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