Many of the theory materials used in our flight training has been developed by Becker Helicopters.  These theory and training resources allow us to integrate theory learning and flight training.  As we train many international students, for whom English is a second language, we have focused on keeping our training resources clear, concise using non technical every day English language, and using diagrams and photos to assist with understanding.

** Resources with an asterisk are available for purchase from our eShop.
All other resources are for internal use, as part of the training courses we provide.

Foundation Theory

  • Aerodynamics for Helicopter Pilots**

    “A sound understanding of aerodynamics is crucial to become a much safer pilot by avoiding dangerous altitudes and situations. This book covers all this, and more.” – Aerodynamics for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    Aerodynamics for Helicopter pilots covers the following:

    • Physics of Flight,
    • Aerodynamics of Helicopter Flight and,
    • Advanced Aerodynamics

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • Aircraft General Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots**

    “It is important that as a pilot we have an understanding of the mechanics making up the machine we operate and fly.  This book examines the airframe, rotor systems, transmissions, fuel delivery systems, gearboxes, clutches, engine, fuels and lubricants, the electrical systems, fire protection systems, hydraulics, landing gear, instruments, and has an introduction to glass cockpits.” – Aircraft General Knowledge by Mike Becker

    Aircraft General Knowledge for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Airframes,
    • Rotor Systems,
    • Propulsion System,
    • Lubrication and Fuel,
    • Helicopter Systems and,
    • Cockpit and Instrumentation

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • Flight Radio for Helicopter Pilots

    “Good communication with other aircraft and people on the ground is vitally important. The radio is a tool that must be used properly, at the right time, and like anything will require training and practice.” – Flight Radio for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    Flight Radio for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Flight Radio Operator Rules
    • Know your equipment
    • Standard words and Phrases
    • Review of Airspace
    • Radio Procedures
    • Distress and Emergency Calls
    • Examples of Radio Calls
  • Air Law and Flight Rules for Helicopter Pilots

    Where would we be without rules and laws to ensure that we all operate on the same wavelength? To know the rules is to know the system and operating within the rules, while not only safe, is peace of mind.

    Air Law and Flight Rules for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • History of Aviation
    • Aviation Authorities
    • Publications, Maps and Charts
    • Airspace
    • Air traffic services
    • Aerodromes
    • Flight Rules and Conditions of Flight
    • Flight Crew Licencing
    • Responsibilities of the PIC (Pilot in Command)
  • Meteorology for Helicopter Pilots

    “If I told you it wasn’t looking good for a flight to Ballina this afternoon would you believe me? A complete knowledge of the weather and its ramifications is essential, and without help your understanding will be second to none. With tempo’s, TAF’s, nimbostratus, troughs and ridges, ISA, environmental lapse rates and dry and wet bulb thermometers … the list goes on and on.” – Mike Becker

    Meteorology for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • The Atmosphere
    • Atmospheric Pressure
    • Atmospheric Stability
    • Wind and Global Circulation
    • Clouds
    • Synoptic Meteorology
    • Frontal Uplift
    • Weather Aspects
    • Hazards
    • Meteorology Definitions
  • Operational Meteorology for Helicopter Pilots

    Arguably the most likely event to ruin an inadequately planned flight is the weather. As this subject rules our daily lives it is very interesting subject from a personal point of view as well as essential to safe flying operations.

    Operational Meteorology for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Forecasts
    • VFR
    • Alternate Aerodromes
    • Meteorology Definitions
  • B206BIII Performance and Operations for Helicopter Pilots

    “To be able to operate your helicopter to its full potential thereby yielding value for both the operator and the client while operating within the machines limits and conducting safe operations we must have a very sound knowledge of its performance envelope.” – Performance and Operations for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    B206BIII Performance and Operations for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Weight and Balance
    • Helicopter and Landing Sites
    • RFM Extract Hand-out
  • Navigation for Helicopter Pilots

    “The ability to move over the earth’s surface in a controlled manner arriving at a pre planned destination intact and on time is one of the world’s pleasures. Navigation is an art where following well-established principles will give you the ability to fly anywhere in the world with confidence.” – Navigation for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    Navigation for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Maps and Charts
    • Variation and Deviation
    • Distance Time and Speed
    • Flight Computer – Front Side
    • Flight Planning Conversations
    • Flight Computer – Back Side
    • Vertical Measurement
    • Critical Point Equal Time Point
    • 1 to 60 Calculations
    • Climbs and Descents
    • NDB-ADF
    • VOR-HSI
    • GPS
    • Navigation Skills

Advanced Theory

  • Night Vision Goggles for Helicopter Pilots**

    “All this experience is evident in this practical, hands-on guide to NVG civilian operations.  It is written by a helicopter pilot for a helicopter pilot, and demystifies the world of NVGs.” – Night Vision Goggles for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    Night Vision Goggles for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Light,
    • NVG Equipment,
    • Factors,
    • Rules and Requirements and,
    • Procedures and Checklists

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • Principles and Methods of Instructing for Helicopter Pilots**

    “This book presents the Principles and Methods of Instruction (PMI) for Helicopter Pilots based on the latest CASA CASR Part 61 requirements for Flight Instructors.” – Principles and Methods of Instructing by Mike Becker

    Principles and Methods for Instructing for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Part 61 Flight Instructor Rating (FIR),
    • The Helicopter Instructor,
    • The Trainee,
    • The Division of Responsibilities,
    • Fundamentals of Instruction,
    • Psychology of Learning,
    • The Teaching Process,
    • Teaching Methods,
    • Use of Lesson Plans and Questions,
    • A Systems Approach to Training,
    • Training Aids and,
    • Example Lesson Plan – Elementary Handling 1

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • Aeromedical for Helicopter Pilots

    Aeromedical is a vital part of your flight training because if you are not fit to fly then you won’t be going anywhere. Learning about your Aeromedical is vital in the success of your training and your career.

    Aeromedical for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Ears
    • Proprioceptive
    • Eyes
    • Fatigue
  • Instrument Flight for Helicopter Pilots

    “We have collated all the knowledge required by that pilot, and compiled course material that is accurate and comprehensive, while not distracted by concepts best left to subsequent Instrument Flight and Type Endorsement Training.” – Our Ground School Philosophy by Mike Becker

    Instrument Flight for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Instrument Flight
    • Basic Instrument Manoeuvres
    • VOR
    • NDB
    • GPS
    • DME
    • ILS
    • Aircraft Requirements
    • Pilot Requirements
    • Airfield Requirements
    • Weather Requirements
    • LSALT Requirements
    • Instrument Approaches
    • DAP
    • Instrument Procedures
    • Fuel
    • IFR and NVFR Checklists
    • Abbreviations
  • Night VFR for Helicopter Pilots

    “Planning a NVFR flight requires the collation of all the relevant information and putting this into a ‘Flight Plan'” – NVFR Pre-study Presentation by Mike Becker

    Night VFR for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • NVFR Aircraft Requirements
    • NVFR Pilot Requirements
    • NVFR Airfield Requirements
    • NVFR Weather Requirements
    • LSALT Requirements
    • NVFR Alt and Hold Req
    • NVFR Checklists
    • Planning an NVFR Flight
  • Formation Flight for Helicopter Pilots

    Formation flying is one of the most complex and impressive advanced training manoeuvres you’ll experience.

    Formation Flight for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Tactical Formation
    • Tactical Manoeuvring

Type Technical Theory

  • B206BIII Type Technical for Helicopter Pilots

    Type Technical for Helicopter Pilots encompasses everything about our primary Flight Training Helicopter: the B206BIII Jet Ranger.

    Type Technical for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Documentation,
    • General Description,
    • Pilot Station Overview,
    • Flight Controls,
    • Engine Installation,
    • Drive Train,
    • Fuel Supply System,
    • Electrical Systems,
    • Lighting,
    • Communication Equipment and,
    • Rotorcraft Flight Manual
  • Basic Gas Turbines for Helicopter Pilots**

    “Ten years in writing, this informative and easy to read aviation theory book on the workings of the helicopter turbine engine is a must for any pilot planning to convert to a turbine helicopter.” – Basic Gas Turbine for Helicopter Pilots by Mike Becker

    Basic Gas Turbine for Helicopter Pilots covers the following:

    • Basic Principles of Gas Turbine Engines,
    • Components of a Gas Turbine Engine,
    • Gas Turbine Engine Fuel Control and,
    • Operating a Gas turbine Engine

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • B206BIII Checklists - Abbreviated, Expanded and Normal

    We have checklist for every kind of situation and every personality type from detailed and precise to quick-fire and brief. We have the following checklists:

    • B206BIII Instrument Checklist,
    • B206BIII Emergency Procedures and Malfunctions – Abbreviated Checklist and,
    • B206BIII Expanded Normal Checklist
    • B206BIII Planning Guide
    • B206BIII Cockpit Poster (bought separately)

Pilot Handling Notes

  • Mike Becker's Helicopter Handbook**

    “Built on years of experience, “Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook,” is a well-trusted and comprehensive text that is a must for the student pilot, is an excellent resource for licenced pilots to brush up on their pilot skills or study for their instructor rating, and is also an interesting text for any helicopter enthusiast.” – Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook by Mike Becker

    Mike Becker’s Helicopter Handbook covers the following:

    • Syllabus,
    • Important Definitions,
    • Helicopter Components,
    • The Pre-Flight Inspection,
    • Effects of Controls,
    • Elementary Handling,
    • Hovering and Co-Coordinating Controls,
    • The Circuit,
    • Autorotation’s,
    • Limited Power Operations,
    • Confined Area Operations,
    • Low Level Manoeuvres,
    • Mountain Flying,
    • Navigation,
    • Weight and Balance,
    • Jammed Controls,
    • Emergencies and Forced Landings and,
    • Underslung Loads

    This book is available from our eShop.

  • Pilot Handling Notes: Basic Handling

    The Basic Handling pilot handling notes takes the trainee pilot through the different flight techniques to establish basic handling manoeuvres in a helicopter:

    • Pre-flight, starts and stops
    • Effects of Controls
    • Elementary Handling
    • Hovering
    • Liftoffs, Transitions and Landings
    • Circuits
    • Basic Autorotations
  • Pilot Handling Notes: Advanced Handling

    The Advanced Handling pilot handling notes takes the trainee pilot through the more advanced handling flight techniques in a helicopter:

    • Precision autorotations
    • Emergencies and Malfunctions
    • Engine Failures
    • Flight control emergencies
    • Practice Forced Landings
    • Limited Power
    • Confined Areas
    • Low flying
    • Mountain flying

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Knowledge, Experience and Expertise

Captured and Compiled just for you

Our course material contains references to some of the finest Aviation reference books available, and we make no secret of the fact that we did not invent Vortex Ring, nor did we develop the aerodynamic model to explain it. But our material is based on comprehensive research, our explanation will be short and concise, and any questions will be answered quickly and comprehensively.

The strength of this course comes from the people who made it happen. These theory notes have been developed specifically for our students and are constantly being updated. This course is the the collection of knowledge, experience and expertise of many people including:

  • Mike Becker (as director, Chief Pilot, Chief Flight Instructor) who originally wrote and continuously edits the course.
  • Our instructors past and present
  • Sam (a past student and amazing graphic designer) and his amazing graphics
  • Our panel of aviation experts who are our advisors and mentors who are or have been an active operational flying member of the Becker Helicopters and International Aviation community.
    • The depth and range of experience guiding this program is incredible including an ex Empire Test Pilot, retired NZ CAA personnel, ex CASA Head of Flight Crew Licensing, ex FAA Instructors, University Professors, IFR and EMS pilots operating from Alaska to Antarctica. One panel member has started and operated a privatised version of the Central Flying School for the RAF in UK.
  • External Education experts, including a highly qualified Education Specialist with QUT.
  • And finally, a mention has to go to Phil Grimmard who pioneered some of the helicopter Flight training theory and inspired many of us to make a course better and more comprehensive than the last.
  • From this basis of knowledge and experience, all of us who are engaged in this program are dedicated to providing a contemporary, relevant course based on situational awareness and focused not only on passing the exams but preparing you for the flying element by making the course interesting, topical and integrating the theory with real world experience.