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Stage I:  This first stage consists of the fundamentals of helicopters.  Students begin by learning how to correctly preflight the helicopter, after which follows some of the basic maneuvers: hovering, straight and level flight, climbs and descents. Towards the end of stage one the basics are integrated with a few advanced maneuvers, giving students a more thorough understanding of the emergency procedures and thereby preparing them for stage two.

Stage II:  Once the student has a thorough understanding of emergency procedures, the next stage will begin by allowing the student to fly on his own in solo flight. In the second stage of training the student will begin venturing further than the local airport during the day. This stage is comprised of cross country planning and flight, night operations, and further integration of the remaining advanced maneuvers.

Stage III:  Finally the student has met all the requirements of the Federal Aviation Regulations and is now ready to take the practical test. This stage consists of enhancing the students’ abilities and ensuring their capabilities transcend the minimum margin of error laid out by the practical test standards. At the end of this stage the instructor will sign the student off for the private practical test.


Stage I.  The first stage revisits all of the areas of private flight while further restricting the margin of error allotted the pilot.  This stage will also provide more insight and introduce a more theoretical and in depth description of the principles and aerodynamics of the helicopter and its flight.

Stage II.  In this stage, the instructor will focus on both the instrument portion of training as well as landing in more complex situations.  These situations range from less than ideal conditions for autorotations and solo flight (i.e. night solos) to more congested traffic in a class B airspace.

Stage III.  The final stage in the commercial training consists of a review of the fundamentals of helicopter aerodynamics in addition to a review of the pilot’s abilities in less than ideal situations.  Upon successful completion of this stage pilots will be able to demonstrate abilities well beyond the minimums set out by the practical test standards.


Stage I.  Training starts with an introduction to all the necessities to IFR flight (Instrument Flight Rules).  We will ensure you have a thorough understanding of not only the instruments and enroute charts (maps specifically for instrument flight) but also the regulations that are changed and/or added when dealing with IFR flight.

Stage II.  After the theoretical training has been covered and pilots obtain a sufficient understanding of the charts and instruments we begin more of the practical training.  Pilots will begin going under the “hood” (wearing glasses that only allow you to see the instrument panel) forcing them to utilize their ground knowledge. A strong focus is placed on the pilot’s acquisition of superior cockpit management techniques; including land and hold short operations, how to follow vectors, and many more.  Upon successful completion of this stage the pilot will be able to at least understand and apply enough to get from one airport to another in instrument conditions.

Stage III.  The instructor and pilot will review and fine tune any difficulties with IFR flight.  They will once again revisit everything, from what instruments are required (or the MEL) to what the instruments do, and what the pilot should do if told to return to a vector point and hold.  Upon satisfactory completion of this stage the pilot will be well above the minimums for the check-ride and will be signed off by his instructor.

Stage I.  To begin, the instructor will focus on ground instruction. The pilots learn how to teach a typical lesson plan.  Pilots will learn how to articulate and demonstrate on an eraser board the aerodynamics of flight while also learning how to allow for student flexibility.  At Vertical Edge Helo LLC we teach the conventional way of instruction, while at the same time encouraging pilots to develop and utilize their own method of instruction.

Stage II.  At this point you will have a firm grasp on how to develop lesson plans as well as how to appropriately assimilate props into your ground instruction.  This stage focuses on teaching the pilots how to integrate an abbreviated version of the ground lesson with flight to commercial standards.

Stage III.  The last stage reevaluates your abilities as a whole.  Upon successful completion of stage III, the pilot will be able to take the instructor through an entire lesson plan on any flight maneuver.  The pilot will be able to demonstrate a well-developed ground lesson as well as confidently articulate the required control inputs in the air during flight.  After which, the pilot will be signed off for his CFI check-ride.