Helicopter Theory

Your quest has begun ….


The Pilot’s commitment to learning is still the most important part of theory training.  Improved delivery technology will not create this commitment, but it can nurture and sustain this commitment by offering customized and cost effective learning options within a professional, committed, and supportive environment.

The relevance of theory training is only really appreciated when it is viewed from above”


Our course is not structured like a dry theory course, but as a broad based introduction to all the concepts that must become second nature to a career pilot. This approach makes the course relevant to future in-flight training. By using the classroom time available in this manner, the theory exams are viewed as a milestone in preparing for in-flight training, rather than some barrier that must be overcome before flying can begin.

Team effort

The strength of this course comes from the people who made it happen. This has been a project of years. From Mike as director who wrote the course, though to the instructors, web site designers, Sam’s amazing graphics designs, and then to the panel of aviation experts who are our advisors and mentors almost every person being or has been an active operational flying member of the Becker Helicopters and International Aviation community. The one exception is a highly qualified Education Specialist with QUT. 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.

Depth of expertise

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.


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.

Situational awareness

Situational awareness is one of the major changes introduced most recently. It is no longer enough to rote learn and memorise subjects anymore. Using Vortex Ring State as an example, in the old days a definition would suffice. Now you need to know how – and demonstrate how- to get in it: and how to get out of it and how you recognise it.

Professional pilots

You can tell good pilots, not only by the way they fly, but, by the way they care about their reputation, presentation, aircraft, passengers, fellow crew.  It’s more than a duty. It’s a matter of professional pride. It is attention to detail. It is the desire to learn and to improve. If you possess the above then you are the type of student we want to teach.

There is much more to being a pilot than the ability to operate an aircraft. Prepared in the best possible professional, committed and supportive environment for learning, the successful student be will sought after by the industry who acknowledge the very high standard of students trained through the this system.

Always keep learning

There is much more to Professional flying than holding a qualification.  A pilot who has complete confidence in the quality of his training, who has the desire to always keep learning and improving while maintaining the dedication and discipline that got him that qualification has been prepared to achieve through to the top jobs in this very competitive industry.


So now the work begins …for some this is the first time they have studied after a long absence from school or university. The good news is because this is important to you and part of your success to be a helicopter pilot – you will enjoy the experience.

Pre reading is vital to your success and in preparation for your Helicopter Ground School.


Your schedule will be a full day of classroom study, starting on time and finishing up in time for a swim or some relaxation, dinner and then at least 2-4 hours study per night. But don’t despair, whilst the theory course is intense, it will unlock a whole new world of learning.

As we have a very tight schedule and much study to get through we ask for you to be on time, and not to hold up your fellow students or the Instructor.

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are to be placed on Silent and no SMS messaging or answering of phone whilst class is in session. It’s distracting for everyone in the class.  You can catch up on calls and messages at break sessions.

If you are waiting on an urgent call please leave the school’s office number. You will be contacted in the class when the call is received. We ask you to respect the learning time of others and your instructor’s time.

Eating in Class

We maintain the same standards as our Movie Theatres. Please, no hot foods. Sometimes lollies/candy/sweets or other confectionary is allowed in class but keep your eating to break time. Tea or coffee or other drinks (not alcoholic) are ok.  We encourage you to drink lots of water.

Toilet Breaks

To cut down on distractions and interruptions please use break time to go to the toilet.