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  1. The Bad Elf accessory makes the GPS work a little better in the 3G model and adds a GPS function to non-3G (wifi only)models which don't have a built-in GPS.


    The Bad Elf connects right into the ipad so if you want to place it in a spot with a clear view of the sky, you have to place the whole ipad there as well, or use an extension cable. There are GPS accessories that are wireless so you can place the unit somewhere with a view of the sky and the ipad somewhere else, ie on your lap or a mount somewhere closer to the pilot. Here ia an example of a wireless one: http://xgps150.dualav.com/

  2. I've heard that the 250 is narrower but taller while the 350 is not as tall but wider (see pic in above post). I've also heard the 350 is more substantial, therefore heavier. The chin strap on the 350 has a cup that goes right on the chin whereas the 250 strap goes under the chin.


    The 250 needs tools to change the visors while the 350 does not.


    I've heard from one of the suppliers that the 350 takes some getting used to. I was actually going to order one but decided to go with the 250 instead.

  3. I am for sure getting one of those!!

    So... Do you need the 3G or is wifi enough?





    You need to buy the iPad 3G model if you want a GPS because it has a real GPS built into it, but you don't need to sign up for 3G service if you don't want to because the GPS function works without it.

  4. Does anyone here know the going dry lease rate for an EC130? I know there aren't very many of them here in Canada, so maybe the lease rate for a Astar B2 or B3 would be similiar? What are the lease rates on those?


    Any information on how helicopter leases in general are structured would be greatly appreciated as well.

  5. Yes, there would be telephone/skype support - we already do classes by videoconferencing in Europe. The $2000 I quoted was for the commercial - the PPL(H) would be a lot cheaper. Is it 80 hours these days? We have time logging software that will record that for the authorities.


    I guess you need to talk to the school concerned - most of them know my stuff (if they don't try Electrocution's Aviation Books). They also know Culhane.





    Let me know when you get it up and running Phil.

  6. It looks like I found an online ground school:




    They told me:


    "If your flying school approves of you completing some or all of your mandatory ground school hours via self study (for example, using our self study course texts or completing our online ground school) then, provided this is acceptable to your flying school, it will meet Transport Canada standards. We suggest that you contact the CFI (Chief Flying Instructor) at whichever flying school you will be utilizing and ask them whether you can apply self study using the "Culhane" training manuals and online course towards formal ground school. Most helicopter flying schools should be very accommodating in this regard."


    They don`t have an online Private Pilots License course though, only commercial.


  7. I may have a way out of this. I know Rob was trying to get an online course together, but the costs were horrendous. However, I already have a distance learning course for helicopter pilots for Europe. It wouldn't take much work to adapt it for Canada, and Transport tell me that as long as a CFI certifies it, that's good enough.


    It's not CBT (yet), although I have just come across some software that will cut the costs for that drastically, but it's paper based, meaning you can study anywhere, but the progress tests will be available online.


    If there's a market for that kind of thing I coud have it up and running inside a month. I reckon the costs would be approx $2000


    What does the panel think?




    I think if, like most distance learning courses, you included some help over the phone when a student gets stuck, you would have a winner.

  8. Mountainview Helicopters Flight School in Springbank AB does not charge for ground school under the following conditions:


    1. you do your flight training with them.

    2. you do the ground school in the class format with the other students and not one on one with an instructor.


    The ground school costs are covered in the hourly cost of the helicopter. The Classroom course runs 3 times a year. Next class would be starting around Jan 15. Runs Monday to Thursday 8:00 - 12:00. Takes 4 - 6 weeks to complete the 80 hours for commercial so the 40 hours for Private license would be a week or two less.


    Extra ground school carried out one on one with an instructor costs 40 $ an hour. Keep in mind that you cannot write the written exam until you have completed 50% of the flight time required for the license your are writing for. Meaning if you do the ground school too far ahead of when you do your flying, it can be a challenge to remember everything for that long.





    Do most ground schools take that long to complete are are there more condensed ground school courses out there?

  9. Ummm....why not by a plane ticket and travel to the west coast, where the training is "optimal" at a reasonable cost ????? :)


    I can't leave home for months at a time to get my license as I have a business here that I need to watch over. If there was a school somewhere in B.C. or Alberta that did a solid two weeks of ground school, I could probably do that. Are there schools out there that do that? I thought they taught ground school in little dribs and drabs over a longer period of time.


    If anyone knows of a school in B.C. or Alberta that is reasonable and teaches ground school full time, all at once, please let me know,


    The other option is to do all my training (ground school and flying) in the next town which would mean a 3 hour round trip every day, which I'm not too keen on.


    I really don't mind paying for flight time locally as it is in line with the better schools out there, but their ground school price is what's holding me back.


    Hello Everyone,


    Where I live (in Canada) the closest helicopter ground school is very expensive, but the local fixed wing ground school is very reasonable. I'm trying to get my costs down so I can afford to get my PPL Helicopter license, so my question is, are the two ground schools basically the same? If I do the fixed wing one, does it count towards my PPL helicopter license? If it is a little different, can I do the fixed wing one then just learn the stuff specific to a helicopter myself?


    My other question is, can I do my ground school online somewhere or self-teach with textbooks at home?


    I'm really looking forward to your responses.


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