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.

What responsibilities are common for Helicopter Pilot jobs?
  • Record information associated with field work activities and partner with the QA teams to analyze field reports.
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation of equipment and materials for each project so the on-site work can be completed properly, safely and efficiently.
What are the typical qualifications for Helicopter Pilot jobs?
  • Training in aviation for small aircraft including helicopters.
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Helicopter Pilot Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹1,50,617 /month
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Helicopter Pilot Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

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5 - 7
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Helicopter Pilot Insights

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Air MethodsAir Methods
Helicopter Pilot
20 Jul 2022

“great people to work and so helpfull”

National Police Air Service
Helicopter Pilot
3 Oct 2021

“It was be quite political”

Signature Utility ServicesSignature Utility Services
Helicopter Pilot
30 Jun 2022

“Performing jobs not in your job description”

Alaska SeaplanesAlaska Seaplanes
Line Pilot
11 Mar 2022

“Great people to work with”

Saudi AramcoSaudi Aramco
Helicopter Pilot
20 Feb 2022

“Good Benefits if you have an American Passport”

UAV Pilot
14 Sept 2020

“great contract pay”

US Coast GuardUS Coast Guard
Helicopter Pilot
1 Jun 2022

“Pay is pretty good when you stay in longer.”

Helicopter Pilot
11 Aug 2021

“Employees are empowered to guide their own career path.”

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Helicopter Pilot Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Helicopter Pilot

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