SCHOOL INFORMATION

PRIVATE TRAINING is located in: Moorpark, CA

 

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Pricing:

  • Instruction is $65.00 per hour.
  • Traveling School Prices will vary depending on the needs of the group.
  • We offer many customized programs both in and out of the country. Please contact us for detailed information.

Accommodations:

All hotels are approximately 15 minutes form the training field.
*Prices will vary depending upon: time of year, discount affiliations, booking sites and other special promotions.

HotelCost Per Night (USD)RatingPhone
Best Western Inn
75W Thousand Oaks BLVD
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
$93.50 with AAA
$110.00 without AAA
3 STAR805-497-3701
Grand Vista
999 Enchanted Way
Simi Valley, CA 93065
$105.00 with AAA
$150.00 without AAA
4 STAR805-583-2000
Holiday Inn Express
2550 Erringer Rd.
Simi Valley, CA 93065
$98.00 with AAA
$109.95 without AAA
3 STAR805-584-6006
Posada Royale Inn
1775 Madera Rd
Simi Valley, CA 93065
$119.00 with AAA
$155.00 Without AAA
3 STAR805-584-6300
Motel 6
2566 Eringer Rd
Simi Valley, CA 93065
$70.00 NO AAA Discount Offered2 STAR805-526-3533
Hyatt Westlake Plaza Hotel
880 S. Westlake Blvd
Westlake Village, CA 91361
$188.00 with AAA
$259.00 without AAA
4 STAR805-557-1234
Courtyard Marriott
191 Cochran St
Simi Valley, CA 93065
$125.00 with AAA
$150.00 without AAA
4 STAR805-426-6402
Extended Stay America
2498 Sterns St
Simi Valley, CA 93063
$79.99 with AAA
$89.00 without AAA
3 STAR805-584-8880

 

Airport Information:

You can either fly into the Burbank or Los Angeles International Airport.  Burbank is generally more convenient. 

  • BUR (Burbank/Bob Hope Airport)  – 35 minute drive to the school location
  • LAX (Los Angeles Airport) – 50 minute drive to the school location

 

Traveling School Preparation & Information:

The cost is $350.00 per student, plus our expenses. The expenses are: airfare, hotel and car rental. Expenses can be reduced per student for lodging and transportation costs if: we can stay at someone’s home and/or someone can loan us a car to drive.

We will take up to 4 students per instructor. A full class is either 4 students for one instructor or 8 students for both instructors. We are able to modify class sizes under special circumstances.

One contact person/liaison needs to be responsible for putting the school together. That person will be in charge of travel and accommodation arrangements, along with scheduling the school dates. The contact person will also need to provide us with a list of the students’ radios and helicopters, so we can bring the appropriate radios and buddy cords for the classes.

We do fly the students’ helicopters during the classes. This is designed to not only assist in proper set-up and theory for one’s own machine, but lends to familiarity and best flying practices once the school is complete.

Repeat Schools:
Many times we do repeat schools with the same students. If this is the case and you have been through the set-up class before, please make sure your helicopters are sound and ready for flight instruction. If we arrive and all of the helicopters are ready to go, then we can do 2 full days of flying.

Weather Check:
It’s important to keep an eye on the weather to make sure flying conditions are going to be good. Check the weather conditions about 5 days prior to the school. Please keep us posted with a final weather confirmation to ensure school productivity and success.

Flying High and Safety:
We will be flying up higher than normal for several reasons. Flying up high allows students time to learn how to adjust orientations that they may be struggling with and learn new maneuvers within a safe distance. Part of our instruction demonstrates the critical aspects of safe flying distances, techniques and procedures. Safety is always our main concentration, along with a fun learning experience.

Pre-Class Tips: Please be well-rested and bring any items that assist with your personal comfort or learning success. This could be as simple as bringing:  snacks/drinks, sunscreen/hats, paper/pens or digital versions, portable seating and wearing comfortable clothing.

Please have your helicopter as close to airworthy as possible. This means to look for:  loose bolts, chaffing wires, bent shafts, bad bearings, damaged blades etc. If you inspect and prepare your helicopter before the school begins, this will save time and allow you to get more out of the school. The more prepared your helicopters are, the more time we can spend on training and less time the instructors have to spend making sure the helicopters are airworthy. We will not fly helicopters that we deem unsafe.

Day 1 Agenda:

  • Set-up Instruction: We will cover proper set-up completely, going over the entire helicopter. This will also include Gyro and Governor set-up.
  • Practical Application: We will make sure that students fully understand and can implement the set-up techniques taught by going through their own helicopters. We will monitor and assist each student as they complete this process until each student’s machine is ready for flight.
  • Lunch Break
  • Test Flying: We will fly each student’s helicopter to make sure it is airworthy, performing well and ready for the next day of flight training.
  • Flying Theory/Q &A: We will discuss the mental aspects of flying, how to practice effectively and how to set realistic goals. After this formal discussion, the  class will wrap up with an open Q & A session. The Theory/Q &A section of the day generally runs about 1 hour finishing up the day. Sometimes this goes into the evening hours, depending upon how much time it takes to complete the set-up instruction, application and testing.

Day 2 Description:

Generally, we start between 9:00am and 10:00am and fly until sundown; shooting for each student to get in between 4 and 5 flights each. It is important to give us feedback on how you are feeling throughout the day. For example, if you’re nervous, we can focus on the mental aspects of flying, as well as physical flying instruction. Again, a good night’s sleep the night before is crucial. We will be asking a lot from you and want to keep mental fatigue to a minimum.  We have found that most, if not all students are mentally fatigued after their 5 flights.

Pictures from some of our traveling schools