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Off Planet Simulation, a member of the Becker Group of Companies, is proud to announce the completion and certification of our Level B helicopter flight simulators.
Off Planet Simulation brings together engineers and pilots, developing cutting-edge simulation solutions designed to meet real-world training needs. The flight simulators were been developed to set new standards for fidelity levels and breadth of training available from a Level B synthetic training device.
Everything about this simulator achieves the goal of fully immersive flight training in ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters is pleased to announce that over the next 12-24 months it will be establishing a commercial and flight training operation in Whyalla, South Australia.
This has been a collaborative effort between Becker Helicopters, the Whyalla Council and Defence SA. South Australia offers a perfect location for the business to further grow and expand.
Any employment opportunities available in South Australia will be advertised in due course on the Becker Helicopters web site.
Our congratulations to Capt. Jan Becker, who has been awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast ‘Outstanding Alumnus of the Year’.
Jan received this prestigious award in recognition of her dedication not only to establishing Becker Helicopters as the largest helicopter pilot training academy in the southern hemisphere, but also for her dedication to nursing, midwifery and the many charities that Becker Helicopters Supports.
As a working midwife, Capt. Jan Becker is passionate about the care and wellbeing of Mothers and Babies. Supported by Becker Helicopters, Jan regularly travels to Tanzania where she provides resources, training and support to Midwives This vital equipment and training in neonatal resuscitation skills is incredibly important in a country where neonatal mother and baby survival rates are amongst the worst in the world.
We are all so proud of Jan, and are delighted that on the 21st of September ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters was proud to sponsor the 2017 Maroochy River Paddle. The paddlers had a great day, over 200 set out from Dunethin Rock to complete the 17km journey in fine Sunshine Coast weather.
Congratulations to all finishers, and the lucky recipient of a 30 minute sightseeing flight in Oscar, our favourite Bell 47!Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters own Capt. Scott Summers was recognised in August with three Surf Lifesaving honours:
Scott is our head of training operations. He devotes himself to ensuring that our Pilot students are trained to the highest standards. His own high standards are reflected in these prestigious, well earned awards.
Congratulations Scott, from everybody at Becker Helicopters.
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On 9 May, Mike Becker, the Chief Pilot and Flight Instructor at Becker Helicopters Flight Academy, landed his helicopter on Coolum Chase to deliver a scenic flight voucher to our State President, John Forrest.
The scenic flight, for four people over the Sunshine Coast, is just one of the valuable prizes being offered at this year’s St Vincent de Paul Cent Auction at Coolum.
It’s not the first timer Becker Helicopters has supported charities and causes. Recently ...
Becker Helicopters has been proudly associated with aerospace and aviation on the Sunshine Coast since 1995.
Most of the community recognises Becker Helicopters as a Pilot Training company. Our helicopters are a familiar sight around the coast.
In 2016 we generated over $20m in revenue for the Sunshine Coast.
Our core policy of in-house capability generation and investment means that our revenue remains in the local economy, where we employ over 100 people.
Becker Group is more than a pilot training academy, we are ...Continue Reading →
At Becker Helicopters we take our responsibilities to be a good neighbour seriously. We train helicopter pilots, providing jobs, investment and growth.
Noise is an inevitable product of our activities. We take measures to reduce the noise impact of our operations whenever possible by varying routes and training times.
There are occasions where we are not able to control noise independently, such as when we must take routes required by Air Traffic Control to avoid other aircraft or large built-up areas.
If you ...Continue Reading →
This Weeks ‘Noosa Today’ features a special guest on it’s cover – Becker Helicopter’s Head of Training, Captain Scott Summers.
Scott talked to Noosa Today about Military Service, ANZAC day, working with Becker Helicopters and Surf Lifesaving on the Sunshine Coast.
A key member of the Becker Helicopter’s senior management team, Scott’s extensive experience and dedication to his country and community shines through. Well done Scott.
As we lead up this ANZAC day, Becker Helicopters salutes and remembers our servicemen, Past and Present. ...Continue Reading →
The Australian Himalayan Foundation is working with RENEW, a local charity in Bhutan, to help girls living in remote villages to attend school, often several days’ walk away. The cost of their board and lodging at the school, although equivalent to just AUD $200 per child a year, is beyond the means of many families. As a result, girls, especially, miss out on a basic education. This year, the Foundation ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters Pilots spent a busy weekend in Northern Queensland helping local communities affected by Cyclone Debbie. Aiding efforts to restore basic services to communities, Becker Helicopter pilots have been flying at low-level working along power-line routes looking for damage and directing power workers to their locations so that they can be quickly fixed.
We send our thoughts and best wishes to everybody who has been effected by Debbie and will stay on the case, playing our part to help you recover.
Three good reasons we take a stand in the sand for The Battle
We usually prefer to soar in blue skies but on 17 March 2017, we’re taking a stand in the sand for The Battle 2017. We’ve supported The Battle since it started for three good reasons and we invite you to do the same, either by registering a beach volleyball team (no experience required) or by helping us to reach our fundraising goal. Go on, we’d love to ...Continue Reading →
Just back from HeliExpo 2017!
What a show. Mike, Jan and the Becker Helicopters Team met some great people on the floors – our best to everybody that we spoke to and who attended Mike’s presentations. Remember, you can still download the online materials at hai2017.beckerhelicopters.com.Continue Reading →
Mike and Jan Becker are delighted to announce that Becker Helicopters operates a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO9001:2015 for our civil, para-military and military training courses.
While Becker Helicopters has always put quality at the forefront of everything that we do, we are delighted to be able to register with the British Standards Institute. This milestone provides our current and future clients with assurance that when they partner with Becker Helicopters the will receive ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters is proud to support Cherish, an Australian charity leading the flight against gynecological cancer.
We are a major sponsor of The Battle beach volleyball tournament.
Join us on Friday 17 March at the Sandstorm Beach Club, Mt Gravatt.
The Battle is the signature event for the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation. Help fund research into more effective, less invasive and gentler treatment options for gynaecological cancer ...Continue Reading →
Those working in the Australian helicopter maintenance industry may have noticed a particularly special front page gracing the 2017 Precision Heliparts catalog.
The striking picture of a Becker Helicopters Bell 206BIII was taken to illustrate Rotor Downwash and has become one of our most popular images having also featured on the front of the Winter 2015 issue of the HAI Rotor magazine.Continue Reading →
Students at Pacific Paradise State School received a special treat when Mike Becker, Owner and Chief Pilot of Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy flew in to deliver ice creams and fruit to pupils, delivering on a Student Leaders ambitious campaign promise. “I was going to be in the Navy or Air Force” said Year 6 Student Theo Young, “but now, I want to work for Beckers”.
Real men wear pink and at Becker Helicopters our real men are PINKING IT UP to support Breast Cancer research.
Go guys. We love your work !
In the lead up to Friday 24th our guys will be so pink Airservices will have to issue a NOTAM of visual hazards at YBSU !!!
Please please please support our team – share or donate to TEAM BECKER HELICOPTERS
Jan and Mike Becker have been featured on the Queensland Government Business and Industry Portal website.
Becker Helicopters is proud to have participated in the 2016 “Battle” against gynaecological cancer.
Our team, “Chasing Wonderland”, had a great time participating in an evening of beach volleyball.
This annual event is hosted by Cherish Foundation and raises money for research into better ways to treat gynaecological cancers, research that is led by …
To find out more about this worthy cause, check out: Cherish Foundation – The Battle
The photos from the day are available here.
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Becker Helicopters Services CEO Jan Becker was Interviewed by Women’s Agenda about her part in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women’s program 2016.
Captain Jan Becker’s CV is as impressive as it is eclectic: helicopter pilot, midwife, board director and CEO.
And that position offers her the freedom to pursue other opportunities – ...Continue Reading →
For those who attended Mike Becker’s presentations at the HAI Expo 2016, you can view the presentations, videos and handouts here:
Capt Mike Becker is planning to tour the USA in 2017 by Helicopter.
Mike is a 15,000 helicopter pilot who is the Chief Pilot and Chief Flight Instructor at Becker Helicopters Flight Academy. Mike has run popular HeliExpo Rotor Safety Challenge presentations for the last 3 years on touchdown autorotations, forced landings, limited power and confined areas. He is also the author of a range of theory books written for Helicopter Pilots.
If you would be interested in having Capt ...Continue Reading →
A team from Becker Helicopters is off to the Heli Expo 2016. We hope to see you there.
Capt. Mike Becker will be presenting two sessions as part of the Rotor Safety Challenge.
Professional Development Credit: FAA WINGS program credit
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Becker Helicopters has been providing sponsorship to Hong Kong cadets for many years. These scholarships have included the CPLH Theory Course, and in some cases, has also included two weeks at Becker Helicopters gaining some flight experience in the R22.
The tradition continues in 2016. Even though we are no longer able to provide flight experience in an R22, Becker Helicopters will continue to provide the online CPLH Theory Course to Hong Kong cadets, as well as ...Continue Reading →
Officers from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of the National Guard began their Initial Entry Rotary Wing training program this week. They began with an orientation of the Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy facilities and helicopters. This marks the commencement of our contract to train Ministry of the National Guard officers. The entire team at Becker Helicopters warmly welcome them and look forward to a very exciting training program.
Capt. Kim Jorgensen showcased Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy’s capabilities in Initial Entry Rotary Wing training at the Dubai Airshow 8-13 November 2015. The airshow was a great opportunity to be recognised as part of the Team Defence Australia consortia and allowed for a number of opportunities to meet and discuss training in Australia with potential clients.
Capt. Fergus Ponder and Fire-Bird 469 are currently based in Grafton. We have been assisting the NSW Rural Fire Service Northern Region during a recent wave of bush fires.
Photographs were taken during an area reconnaissance flight to map several new starts to the North-West of Casino, NSW.
Fire-Bird 469 is equipped with an SEI FAST bucket with multiple drop capability for water bombing missions.
Becker Helicopters is proud to have donated $3,621.97 to the Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia (Australia) cause through the Everyday Hero website.
What are they about:
Funding the treatment of childbirth injuries and the training of midwives in Ethiopia. Founded by legendary Australian, Dr Catherine Hamlin.
Dr Catherine Hamlin, AC, MBBS, FRCS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG
2014 – Nominee, Nobel Peace Prize
2014 – Distinguished Surgeon of the Year, Society of Gynecological Surgeons, USA
2013 – 100 Women of Influence (Global Category)
Find out more:
To find ...
The first step in the Part 142 approval was taken on the 10 September 2015.
Mike Becker and Bev Austen hand over the Part 142 Exposition submission to CASA Operations – Eastern Region Paul Baker and Digby Richards in Tamworth.
More work to come, but that most important first step has been made.
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Congratulations to Capt. Scott Summers, winner of the Lifesaver of the Year award.
Check out the article from the Sunshine Coast Daily.
A NEWISH Sunshine Coast surf club has proven lifesaving is not about money, Ironmen or history – it’s about loyalty and the volunteers who patrol the beach.
Sunshine Beach Surf Club took out the most awards at the Sunshine Coast Surf Life Saving branch presentations this week, including best volunteer and ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters have contracted with Specialist Training from Australia (STA) to provide a further 5 years of Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training for pilots from the Saudi Arabia Ministry of the National Guard.
Mike Becker (Chief Pilot Becker Helicopters) is quoted as having said:
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Pictured from left to right:
Sean P. Jones – Executive Director, STA
Jan Becker – CEO, Becker ...
Becker Helicopters was pleased to donate $14,563 to such a good cause: Unravelling Dementia, a project to help detect dementia before the disease takes hold. Early treatment may one day keep the disease at bay.
There is no cure for dementia. It can happen to anyone. Right now, there are more than 44 million sufferers worldwide, and that number is expected to treble by 2050. The impact this will have on individuals, their families and our health ...Continue Reading →
We are super excited to announce Jan’s success in being elected placement to the helicopter industry’s international Board – HAI !!
Helicopter Association International (HAI) seeks to advance the international helicopter community by providing programs that enhance safety, encourage professionalism, promote economic viability, and promote the benefits to society that helicopters offer.
Jan put her hand up for the Board membership as a commercial member in September last year, and after an initial global “campaign” she tied with another candidate. This ...Continue Reading →
During the election at the Annual Membership Meeting and Breakfast on March 3, 2015, in Orlando, there were six candidates running for two HAI Board of Directors – Commercial seats. For the second time in HAI history, there was a tie between two of the candidates; Jan Becker and Tim Pickering.
To resolve the tie, HAI is holding a runoff election which is due to close on 13 April.
Jan Becker gave the following campaign ...Continue Reading →
Becker Helicopters is excited to announce we have purchased a MD500E Helicopter as a new addition to our fleet.
It is coming from the Columbus Police Department in Ohio, who are upgrading their fleet for the MD530 model.
Our Director of Maintenance, Michael Yip, has been over a MD taking a factory maintenance course, and overseeing its preparation for shipping. We hope to see it at Becker Helicopters in around July 2015.
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Check out the Rotor Safety Challenge 2015 Presentations available from the HAI HeliExpo website.
For those who attended Mike Becker’s presentations at the HAI Expo 2015, you can download the presentations and handouts here:
Instructors inﬂuence the way we learn and prepare us for our careers. In this issue Helinews features an interview with ﬂight instructors James Orrom and Buck Rogers from Becker Helicopters.
When did you complete your instructor rating and how long did it take?
JO: I completed my instructor rating in 2010 and it took about two months. I was working full-time while I completed the combination of PMI (Principles and Methods of Instruction) briefs and ﬂying.
The 2014 North Shore Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, Australia Christmas Celebration which we sponsored was on Saturday and with over two thousand people stopping by to join in all the community Christmas cheer, close to $6,000 dollars was raised for IFYS (Integrated Family Youth Services). Many kind donations of gift wrapped presents were also placed under the Christmas tree from local families to go through to our families in need.
The centre’s main hall hosted more than 20 local market ...Continue Reading →
The following is an article by the Australian Business Review
The first day Becker Helicopter Services began business from an airport on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, it poured rain all day and co-founder Jan Becker was in labour with her second child. “I said to my husband, Mike, I don’t know whether this is good karma or bad karma,” Captain Jan Becker says. “But when is a good time to start a business? When is a good time to start a family?” ...Continue Reading →