Flight Training


Flight training

Your Flight Instructor will be responsible for guiding you through the syllabus and completing your training.  During the course you will fly with other Instructors in various exercises however your mentor Instructor will determine when to allocate you and for what lessons.


You will be given a copy of your course syllabus when you commence your training.

If you read this, it will allow you to be well prepared for your flying sequences.  Of course the sequences will depend on what course you’re undertaking.


Lack of preparation will slow you down, remember …

Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

Student Folders

All your assessment questions, training notes, flight records, flight plans, personnel documents and examination results are kept in your Student Record Folder.  The contents in this folder remain the property of Becker Helicopters.  This folder cannot be removed from the school.

Airside drivers licence

To drive a motor vehicle on airside one must have a valid driver’s licence and undertake the Airside Drivers course (questionnaire).  This document is located in a folder in the Flight Ops room.  Without an ADL you are not permitted to drive on airside.

Arrive early

Students should attend Flight Operations for the full day.  If you are scheduled to fly it is important you arrive at least one hour before your flight.

When not flying

When you are not flying there are plenty of activities to do like:

  • help push the helicopter’s out of the hanger
  • complete some reading
  • work on assessments
  • watch DVD’s
  • study
  • watch Instructor/student board briefs
  • help with the refuelling
  • listen and learn radio calls
  • helping the engineers
  • wash the helicopters
  • plan next lesson

DVDs and resource materials

Our training DVD’s contain Instructor board briefs and flying footage.  They must remain in the briefing room (TV room) at all times.  Resource materials such as textbooks and manuals are available in the library for extra reading.  They too must remain in the school.


Do not lose your checklist.  You will need the checklist to start and stop the helicopter.  After about 10 hours you should be memorising the checklist and using a flow chart.  Always refer to the checklist when in doubt.

Booking Flights

Booking Flights

We try our very best to ensure every flight goes out on time.  Be prepared to be flexible.  Get use to the unpredictable times, just as it is unpredictable in the commercial world.  If you cannot make your flight then call immediately – be respectful to the other students and your Instructor.

Prior the flight the Instructor will fill out an Authorisation Sheet, outlining the exercises you are about to complete.

Other documents to familiarise yourself with is the Daily Flight Records (DFR) and the Maintenance Release (MR).


Pre-flights and Washing


Pre-flights are conducted in the morning.  The Instructors are responsible for ensuring the pre-flights are done and the students are taught about the helicopter, it’s components and the likely areas that will cause problems.

Airworthiness Directives

All Airworthiness Directives (AD’s) and due inspections must be checked against the maintenance release.  If snags are encountered then the Instructor should endorse them on the maintenance release.  Each student should familiarise themselves with the blue folder that has the maintenance release

Once competent

Once the Instructor is satisfied that the student has a reasonable knowledge of the pre-flight then the student may complete daily pre-flights and washing on his own.  An Instructor may be present and supervise, however senior students take a leading role here and are to teach the newer students.

If unsure

If any student is unsure of any part of the pre-flight ie. cannot name some of the components or has not had an Instructor complete a pre-flight with them then go to the Instructor.  Failing that, see the Flight Program Director.

Washing of the helicopters is co-ordinated by the Instructors.



We have our own on-site maintenance facility and LAMEs (Licence Aviation Mechanical Engineers).

Learning and watching Engineers gives you interesting insight.  They can demonstrate how to clean spark plugs, change the oil, take a helicopter apart, put a helicopter back together – all integral learning and knowledge as a pilot.

We ask you take care with our helicopters, don’t force anything.  Be respectful and they will fly better!



  • Listen to the radio for any calls from the helicopter.  After 5 minutes call the Tower 5448-7955
  • Ask the Tower of the aircraft’s whereabouts
  • If the location of the helicopter cannot be ascertained within 15 minutes find an Instructor or an employee of Becker Helicopters immediately.
  • We will initiate SAR procedures

If you see any abnormal occurrences

See your instructor



We have a cross section of students and Instructors, of many cultures, languages, habits, personalities, backgrounds, attitudes and perceptions.  We ask that you be respectful to their wants and needs.  We are here to learn and foster a positive attitude (avoid negativity) to enhance and make better use of your time and experience.