Pilot Training School

United Aero Training (UAT) offers a unique opportunity to train within a “real world” commercial environment. You will be surrounded in the day to day workings of United Aero Helicopters (UAH), its operational pilots and crew.

UAT instructors have extensive “real life” commercial experience in various aircraft, environments and roles, both locally and throughout the world. The instructors’ main priority is the flight school, but remain commercially current by continuing to work in the UAH operations, giving them the ability to impart this knowledge and relate your lessons to realistic everyday tasks.

UAH operates a large fleet of aircraft throughout Australia, enabling the possibility of building experience ferrying a variety of aircraft. This is a great way for junior pilots to gain exposure to different environments while increasing their knowledge and hours.

helicopter pilot training
helicopter pilot training

Next door to the training facility is the UAH maintenance division. This means students will be able to see helicopters in all states of repair, internals of engines, gear boxes, instrument panels, to name a few. Our engineers have a wealth of knowledge and may very well show or tell you something that will assist you in the future.

These include AS350 BA, B2 & B3 Squirrel helicopters, Bell 206 Jet Ranger & Long Ranger models, Augusta 119 Koala, Kawasaki BK117 and Bell 212 medium helicopters Our management team has vast experience in the operation of a mixed fleet over remote areas including operations in third world countries.

Camden Airport

Camden Airport is located southwest of Sydney and provides the ultimate training ground for new students. You will experience ‘Class D’ radio procedures, multiple runway operations, easy access to the Sydney Basin training area and a big area for the fun stuff like low level operations.

While it can be busy on weekends, it’s nowhere near as busy as Bankstown Airport. What does this mean to a student:

  • Less waiting time for clearances.
  • More training time.
  • Less workload (stress) with radio procedures.

UAT is the only flight school that has 3 dedicated low level flying areas within 5 minutes flight from UAT base. This means when it comes time for lessons like Confined Areas, you will have a 10 minutes return trip, giving you more time to concentrate and practice the lesson at hand.

Helicopter Pilot Employment Opportunities

Helicopters represent 15% of the 15,000 aircraft registered in Australia. This number is predicted to double in the next 10 years with the growing demand for Australia’s energy resources.

The market for commercial helicopters is quite competitive and finding that first job is not always what you know, but who you know. This is where UAT can provide an additional level of difference. During your training, you will no doubt meet numerous industry professionals, including but not limited to pilots (local & international), crewman, engineers, industry representatives and clients of UAH. Remember, it’s these people who may give you a lead to your new start!

Required Aeronautical Experience

PPL(H) – Private Pilot License Helicopter

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helicopter training

Reference: CASA CAR 5.127
CPL – Commercial Pilots License
PPL – Private Pilots License
(H) – Helicopter
(A) – Aeroplane

STC – Special Training Course requirements

  • Complete the final 30 hrs within a period of 3 consecutive months
  • No more than 2 types of helicopter to be used
  • First 15 hours of training are conducted in one type of helicopter
  • At least 20 hours of training are conducted in each type of helicopter.

The Process

The process and order in which you obtain your license will vary with each student, and UAT will help customise your training course, however, the first steps are the same for all.

1. Apply to CASA for your Aviation Reference Number or ARN.  This is a unique number similar to your car license number and will be used throughout your entire flying career.

2. Although you don’t require your medical until your first solo flight, it is recommended you complete this as soon as possible.  The last thing you want to do is start your flight training then realise you have a medical condition that may prevent you from continuing.

3. Student Pilots License and ASIC application forms.

The next step is to decide what course of training best suits you.  Our instructors can go through each of the options below and walk you through the pros and cons of each:

  • Complete all theory exams (get them out of the way) prior to flight training.
  • Complete the theory exams and flight training at the same time.
  • Complete all your ab-initio training (up to completing 10hrs solo general handling) then complete the theory and exams.

Advanced Training

UAT can provide the following advanced training:

  • Type Endorsements
  • Sling and long line
  • Winch
  • Multi-engine
  • Low Level
  • Helicopter Flight Reviews
  • Fire Fighting