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FMI: Helicopter Association International

Nothing quite impresses the neophyte helicopter flier like the hover. To be cruising along in a helicopter and then just stop…. You look past your feet, and there’s the ground down below, and you’re just sitting there on this invisible cushion of air. Most people are hooked on helicopter flying after that first hover.

Whether you start out in helicopters or add a helicopter rating to your fixed-wing private pilot certificate, you are sure to be challenged by this fun and growing branch of light aviation. Helicopter flying offers unmatched versatility, utility, and enjoyment. From putting down in remote areas and shooting nature photos to landing in your own backyard (where permitted, of course), helicopters offer fun flying that is challenging to master, usually with great visibility outside the aircraft.

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