PHS has training facilities at Moorabbin & Gold Coast Airports
PROFESSIONAL HELICOPTER SERVICES Pty Ltd is one of the most experienced and respected helicopter flying schools in Australia. PHS is managed by Brett Newman, who has been in the industry since 1983 and has over 11,500 helicopter flying hours. (link to Helinews)
PHS was established in 1981 by Ron Newman, who has just retired from flying after 55 years in the aviation industry. This makes PHS the longest running Helicopter School in Australia and PHS is proud to have trained more helicopter pilots than any other school in Australia, This is due to our well-earned reputation throughout the helicopter industry.
What do I need to do to get my licence?
First off, you need to be sure that flying helicopters is something that you really want to do, so what we suggest is… HAVE A GO!
Give us a call and arrange a Trial Introductory Flight (TIF) for ONLY $320, a real bargain on a once only basis. This is a no obligation flight, consisting of a pre-flight briefing and a 35 minute flying lesson. If you decide to continue learning to fly, this flight counts as part of your training. If you just can’t get enough, we also offer an hour long Trial Flight for $600.
Once you have made the decision to get a helicopter licence, the type of flying that you intend doing will determine whether you want a Private or a Commercial licence. A Private licence allows you to carry passengers for recreational purposes (but not for hire or reward), whereas a Commercial licence allows you to conduct commercial operations and charge for your services – in other words, you can be employed as a pilot.
For a Private licence you need a minimum of 50 hours flying prior to your flight test.
A Commercial licence requires a minimum of 105 hours flying prior to the flight test. No fixed wing (aeroplane) experience is required. These hours are changing later this year however we are not able to give you accurate details at this time as CASA have not finalized the transition to the new system.
You don’t have to make a firm decision about which licence you want prior to commencing your training. If you get your Private licence and then decide you want to continue on and get a Commercial licence, you just continue with your training and do the extra 55 hours flying, pass the Commercial theory exams and the Commercial flight test.
Before your first solo flight, you will need to pass a medical examination with a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Designated Aviation Medical Examiner (DAME) before being issued with a Student Pilot Licence. If your ultimate aim is to get a Commercial licence, we recommend that you do your initial medical at Commercial standard. Contact us for the name of an approved Doctor near you, or review the CASA website at www.casa.gov.au
This is where the fun begins!
You will begin your flight training in one of our Robinson R22 or Schweizer 300 CBi helicopters, which are all in perfect condition. For more information on why we changed from the Hughes 300C to the R22 and now the Schweizer 300 CBi as our training helicopters see below.
We are proud of the condition in which we keep our helicopters and invite you to come and inspect them at any time. The Robinson R22 is by far the most popular training helicopter in the world, and the Schweizer 300 CBi (not the Schweizer or Hughes 300C) is rapidly catching up.
PHS offer training standards that are second to none anywhere in the world. Our autorotation training is conducted by closing the throttle to simulate the engine failure, and finishing with an engine-off landing, thus making your training far more realistic. You will do many of these during your training.
We know of some schools that have sent students solo without them ever having done a full «Engine Off» landing. We regularly get inquiries from pilots who have learned at schools who do not do autorotations to the ground, wanting us to do their training in autorotations. This training is a CASA syllabus requirement but unfortunately many schools are still not doing them.
At PHS we base our training around ensuring that students know why they should do things a certain way, not simply “This is how you do it”.
As well as offering basic training, we also offer our students a Turbine endorsement in our Melbourne or Gold Coast based Bell Jet Ranger at a special rate.
Bell Jet Ranger, AS350 Squirrel turbine endorsements are available. An endorsement in the Robinson R44 is also available. The R44 is now the world’s most successful helicopter and having an endorsement in an R44 is a must.
Float endorsements are also available in the Robinson R22.
A «Night Rating» is available in the Robinson R22, Schweizer 300, R44, or the Bell Jet Ranger. This requires a minimum of ten hours training plus the flight test. CASA stipulate that this flying must be done in addition to the hours required for your licence.
How long will it take me?
There is no definite answer to this question; the time taken to gain your licence depends on how long it takes you to complete your theory, and how often you fly. The frequency that you fly can vary to suit you; it can be anywhere from once a fortnight, to twice a day – six days a week, depending on the availability of bookings, the weather conditions, and your availability.
Due to our reputation and competitive prices, we are one of the busiest schools in Australia, therefore the more notice you give us of your booking requirements, the less likely you are to be disappointed.
We realise this can be a problem, but think about why we are so busy while other schools are not.
How much will all this cost me?
This really depends on which licence you want, and how you choose to complete your theory, etc. To minimise your cost, we offer an incentive for buying blocks of 10 hours at a time. This is outlined in the Training Rates page. We do not ask for, or accept, full payment up-front for the flying training as we believe the standard of our training is enough to keep you flying at PHS.
Why should I train with Professional Helicopter Services?
Professional Helicopter Services Pty Ltd is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced helicopter training schools, and has an exceptional reputation within the Australian and overseas industry. Since commencing pilot training in 1981, PHS has trained more local & overseas helicopter pilots than any other company in Australia.
The founder of PHS was Ron Newman, who has over 18,000 flying hours on helicopters. Ron’s experience was gained in over 50 years in the helicopter industry as both a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) and as a pilot. After completing an apprenticeship with Trans Australia Airlines (now QANTAS) at the age of 19, he joined Ansett Airlines Helicopter Division in 1960, became a Helicopter LAME in 1961, and learned to fly helicopters in 1968. He has flown throughout Australia, New Guinea and the British Solomon Islands, as well as 2 trips to the Antarctic. He has over 9,000 hours of instructional flying (this is more than most helicopter instructors have as a total). Apart from instructing, his flying experience includes Mustering, Aerial Survey, Sling work, Media and Display flying (you may have seen the formation aerobatic displays put on by Ron & Brett at various airshows).
Ron also set up the Victoria Police Helicopter Air Wing in 1978, where he did several years as the Chief Pilot and Chief Engineer. Ron was awarded the Royal Humane Society «Bronze Medal» for a night rescue of 2 people who had fallen down a cliff in 1981.
Brett Newman now runs the company and has over 11,500 helicopter hours. Both Ron and Brett are Grade One Instructors in single and multi-engine helicopters, and CASA «Approved Test Officers» (ATO) with authorisation to conduct flight tests for the issue of Private and Commercial licences as well as Night VFR and are some of the few ATO’s approved to issue grade 1 and 2 Instructor ratings.
Brett is one of Australia’s leading film pilots, with a wealth of experience in Stunt & Film flying for feature films & commercials (including several trips interstate to film in areas with local helicopter operators). He has flown throughout Australia and is also experienced in Mustering, Shooting, Aerial Surveys, Sling work, Media and Display flying. Brett has over 5,000 hours of instructional flying.
Ron was mustering cattle by helicopter years before there was a helicopter mustering industry, and later on, PHS owned and operated Kimberley Helicopters for several years. This was a mustering company in Kununurra, West Australia, where we operated 5 Hughes 300’s on mustering operations and a Jet Ranger on general charter. Both Brett and Ron conducted mustering operations and check flights with the other pilots from Kimberley Helicopters prior to selling the operation to Slingsby Helicopters (now one of the largest mustering companies in Australia), so as you can see, we are well versed in mustering techniques.
We have trained over fourteen helicopter pilots that have gained employment with the Victoria Police Air Wing, including two of their Chief Pilots. Four of those that we trained have subsequently left the Air Wing (including the previous Chief Pilot and Deputy Chief Pilot). We have also trained five pilots from CASA (two of them from other states that have local helicopter schools). Brett & Ron conducted all the helicopter pilot training for the National Safety Council of Australia (NSCA) prior to their demise and did the «Check & Training» for Seaworld Helicopters. There are numerous helicopter schools and helicopter instructors in Queensland and yet, Seaworld paid for Ron & Brett to travel from Melbourne to Surfers Paradise twice a year to conduct the «Check and Training» flights for all of their pilots.
These are obvious indications of our reputation within the industry. This reputation has been gained by industry judgement of the consistently high standards that PHS has maintained since commencing operations in 1981.
Discover the many advantages associated with training at PHS
We operate a Helicopter Training School in 2 locations, Moorabbin Airport in Victoria, Gold Coast Airport in Queensland.
PHS has just introduced an inflight camera and flight recording and tracking system in all of our training helicopters. This system is enables students to review their flight with audio and visual recording showing inflight parameters as well as the flight path. This is an extremely innovative and valuable tool that is exclusive to PHS.
In Victoria we operate out of our own large training and maintenance facility located at Moorabbin Airport, which is only 3 miles from the training area. This location offers students the advantage of training in a radio-controlled environment without any wasted time flying to and from the training area.
We are the only helicopter school in Australia with it’s own Maintenance facility, it is NOT someone else’s Maintenance facility, who may or may not allow you access.
Our maintenance facility is treated as part of our overall training package and is always accessible to enable you to learn as much about the maintenance requirements of a helicopter as possible. You are encouraged to participate in the maintenance activities and fill out a CASA «Schedule of Experience» book, that can be counter-signed by our Chief Engineer. This certified engineering experience gives you a considerable advantage when seeking employment, especially in bush related operations.
Having our own maintenance facility on the premises is an enormous benefit to you during your theory course, as it enables you to see the helicopters and their components in various stages of disassembly. This increases your awareness of the function of the various components that make up a helicopter.
In Queensland we primarily operate out of a hanger facility at the Gold Coast Airport. This gives you the advantage of operating in a relatively quiet «Primary Controlled Airspace» without the delays normally associated with operating out of Primary airports. This facility is only a 10 minute walk from the famous Gold Coast beach with accommodation available close to the airport at very reasonable rates.
Another advantage of training with us is that you have the option of doing some of your training in Melbourne and some in Queensland. On completion of your training, you can hire a helicopter from us at either location (subject to meeting our currency requirements)
Our rates are very competitive (particularly when you consider the standard of training we offer).
It may not seem very important, but PHS has a very casual and friendly atmosphere, not just among the staff, but also between the students. It is a great place to make new friends that share a common interest, and it gives you the benefit of having others to study with.
The biggest reason for choosing PHS is the standard of our training and the quality of our instructors. PHS employ our instructors on a full time basis and only use part time instructors who have been trained as a pilot and as an instructor by us. Many of our competitors employ part time instructors who do not have the same dedication or continuity in their training methods as PHS instructors have. PHS has developed our training methods over 32 years of conducting flight training whilst also being one of the largest tourist and commercial operators in Australia. On top of training PHS conduct over 2,000 hours a year in commercial operations.
Should you require any further information, or wish to make a booking for your first lesson, please don’t hesitate to call or drop in to see us. If you wish to visit on a weekend, please call ahead as we may only have one instructor on duty and, if he is out with a student, the school will be locked.