GENERAL INFORMATION AND DISCLAIMER
The pilot training schedule must be coordinated directly with the training center in order to ensure that your requirements are met. You will receive written confirmation of the finalized date. Pilot transition and recurrent courses are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. A confirmation letter from MDHI Customer Training is also required to confirm your reservation.
Completion standards: MDHI flight training does not give a customer a new airman's certificate or rating. Pilot competence is based on meeting the requirements outlined in the Practical Test Standards for the type of rating held. Pilots who successfully complete both ground and flight instruction will receive a certificate of completion for the course attended.
PILOT TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
Before transition or recurrent training begins, customers must provide proof of the following:
TRANSITION FLIGHT COURSE
Transition training familiarizes appropriately rated helicopter pilots with MD500, MD520N, MD530, MD600, and MD Explorer helicopter systems and operation.
This five-day course includes ground school and flight training. The ground school segment covers publications, aircraft systems, operational procedures, and preflight inspection procedures. Four to five hours of flight time includes practice of normal flight and selected emergency procedures.
PLEASE NOTE: For those customers who require English interpreters, the length of the transition course will be one and a half to two-weeks in length. The flight training will be extended to a minimum of seven hours. This is due to the delays and other issues arising from the requirement to translate both the ground and flight instruction. The assigned flight instructor will determine the actual length of ground and flight training. Additional flight training hours (greater than five) will be priced at the hourly flight cost listed on the pricing page. The extra ground instruction will be included in the original course cost.
RECURRENT FLIGHT COURSE
This three-day course includes ground school and two to three hours of flight time. If a biennial flight review is requested, a FAR Part 91 open-book examination and review will be conducted at no additional cost. The BFR must be requested at the time of registration.
Ground school includes review of airworthiness directives and notices, helicopter systems, pilot flight manual review, preflight inspection, and an open-book exam.
To enroll in a Recurrent Flight Course the pilot must have completed the MDHI factory transition course in the respective aircraft. Verification of such qualification will be requested prior to confirmation of enrollment.
PLEASE NOTE: For those customers who require English interpreters, the length of the recurrent course will be one full week in length. The flight training will be extended to a minimum of five hours. This is due to the delays and other issues arising from the requirement to translate both the ground and flight instruction. The assigned flight instructor will determine the actual length of ground and flight training. Additional flight training hours (greater than three) will be priced at the hourly flight cost listed on the pricing page. The extra ground instruction will be included in the original course cost.
MD 530F AND MD 520N DIFFERENCES COURSE
This two-day course is designed to qualify experienced MD500 series pilots in either the MD520N or MD530F.
A one-day ground school identifies differences in the helicopter. Two to three hours of flight time is provided.
MAINTENANCE TEST FLIGHT PROCEDURES COURSE
The maintenance test flight procedures course is designed for pilots who have attended a factory pilot transition course. Pilots will become familiar with the procedures and techniques necessary to perform maintenance test flights and evaluate completed maintenance actions. Training includes one day of ground school and academics and two to three hours of flight time.
NIGHT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES COURSE
The night emergency procedures course develops pilot confidence in his or her ability to successfully resolve emergency procedures during night operations. Ground school subjects include an understanding of how the human eye works at night, challenges to unaided night vision, and procedure execution. One of the two hours of flight procedures are taught in a build-up manner, and include autorotations to touchdown and inadvertent flight into IMC. This course is taught in the MD500E.