Helicopter License Flight School in Oregon




At Pureflight, we align our goals with yours to devise a tailor-fit approach. With this adaptive strategy, our team is fully integrated and dedicated to seeing your training through to completion. In other words, your mission becomes ours. We pride ourselves on the broad range of first-class training we offer. Whether you’ve never flown before or you’re an experienced pilot looking to sharpen your skills, we offer courses that can be specifically tailored to meet your needs. Our dedicated training facilities, state-of-the-art fleet, and skilled instructors make Pureflight one of the premier helicopter flight schools in the United States.


As a trained helicopter pilot, you’ll join an industry full of high-wage careers that are exciting, diverse, and global in scope. Employers, including our Operations Department, want to see pilots with commercial/instrument certificates, 1000+ hours of flight, and turbine experience, followed by ongoing advanced and recurrent training.

Step 1

Get Your Ratings
a) Choose a Flight School
b) Finance your Training
c) Training Plan Details

Step 2

Build Your Flight Hours

Step 3

Get Turbine Experience And Advanced Training

Step 1) Obtain Your Private and Commercial Certificates with Instrument Rating

a) Choose the flight training school that’s right for you.
Not all flight schools are all the same. We don’t fly the same helicopters, we aren’t the same size, and we don’t offer the same quality. It’s important to find a school that aligns with your values and goals.

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b) Finance your training.
We’re always upfront about costs and provide flexible pay-as-you-go options. Outside funding is also available for students who qualify through the following:

c) Choose the right training program for you.

    Your PPL lets you fly helicopters for fun and recreation — giving rides to friends and family or flying for your own transport. It’s the first step toward building the skills needed for your Commercial Pilot Certificate.
    If you want to get paid to fly, you need your Commercial Pilot Certificate. This course expands on private pilot training and introduces more advanced maneuvers and skills. This training course teaches you to fly to higher and more precise standards and prepares you for your first commercial job.
    Obtaining your instrument rating in addition to your PPL or CPL places you a cut above the competition. This course qualifies you to fly in a variety of weather conditions, enhances your flight knowledge and skills, and makes you a safer, more well-rounded pilot.

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Step 2) Build Your Flight Hours

Work as a flight instructor to acquire additional hours.

Once their initial training is complete, most commercial pilots are focused on getting their first job and increasing their number of flight hours. One of the most common paths to get to 1000+ hours is to work as a flight instructor. Many pilots choose this path because they want an opportunity to pass on the skills and knowledge they gained during their training to new students and to improve their own skills as they build flight hours and advance in their careers.

With a CFI rating, you will be certified to instruct other pilots.

A CFII rating allows you to teach new instrument pilots the critical skills required to fly using only the instrument panel.

Looking for job opportunities?
We offer interviews with our team and at least one other operator. Pureflight provides our students with vital career connections and relationships, in addition to co-pilot positions.

Step 3) Get Turbine Experience and Advanced Training

Training never stops.

Turbine helicopters are the real workhorses of the industry. Their power-to-weight ratio provides the ideal conditions for helicopter fight; they’re light, reliable, and powerful. That’s why employers look for pilots with experience and knowledge of these machines. Pureflight can provide you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical experience you need to make the transition from piston to turbine, using a Bell 206 and AS350 for training.

(Basic and Advanced Courses)

Currently, there is significant demand in the utility helicopter industry for proficient and safe external-load / long- line pilots. Pureflight offers two courses designed to introduce you to this profile: the Basic Course and the Advanced Course. Both courses cover FAR Part 133 and the certification process, rotorcraft external load combination flight manuals, attaching mechanisms and devices, preflight, and use. We’ll start you on a 50’ long line, teaching you basic line control, pick up, set down, and traffic pattern skills.

This lesson introduces you to the challenges of vertical reference flight and begins building the skills necessary to provide vertical reference services in the commercial aviation world. We’ll then move on to a 50’ line with a grappling hook on the end that fits into a steel loop on a barrel, which will teach you precise hook placement and build on the skills you gained in the previous lesson.

You’ll then progress to a 100’ line, requiring greater finesse and mastery of the skills you learned with the 50’ line. Finally, we’ll introduce flying with a load and load rigging to develop the skills you’ll need in the real world.


You’ll find plenty of flight schools across the country that offer one of the benefits described above. Pureflight delivers all three, giving you the combined impact of solid training, career opportunities, and continued skill development that will help you excel in your career as a helicopter pilot.

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