Mountainflight

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Confined area courses

important skills for all helicopter pilots

The most important feature of a helicopters is the ability to land virtually everywhere, as long as the landing zone is big enough to fit the machine. however, to perform landings in small landing spots, so called confined areas, requires great pilot handling skills and the ability to asses all the risks during the approach as it is potentially very dangerous. This is one of the main reasons that pilots on air ambulance and mountain rescue helicopters are required to be highly skilled and experienced. In many European countries, for example the Netherlands, Germany, France and Denmark, it is very difficult to adequately exercise these skills. Aviation laws prohibit confined landings for training purposes, leaving only airports with lots of space as landing training areas. For all those pilots who want to perform safe confined landings and be in control and comfortable while doing so, we offer our confined area landing courses in Belgium and Switzerland. Both countries offer excellent training possibilities. These courses are very suitable for people in need of flight hours, you will learn lots and get a very good addition to your pilot CV! 

confined area course Belgium

During our confined area course in Belgium we will operate out of Maastricht- Aachen International Airport, a mere 3 minutes' flight away from Belgium airspace. There are countless challenging landing spots in forest openings, making this area very suitable for this training. In addition you will need to file a flight plan for each flight to the authorities and have to talk on the radio to ATC units of different countries, this offers a good basis for international operations in your future career.

The course duration is one week, including 15 flying hours and several blocks of theory during the week. We fly either our Schweizer 300 aircraft, or our Robinson R44. The course can be combined with a type rating on the aircraft, in this case a duration of 10 days and a total of 18 flight hours is required. At the end of the course you will fly the exam with a Dutch examiner, and you will be rewarded with a confined area training certificate, a great addition to your flying CV.

confined area course Switzerland

For our Swiss confined area course, we operate from our base on Bern-Belp International Airport. In the surrounding mountainous area there are countless landing spots, very suitable for confined area training. As we operate from a controlled airport, also your radio skills will need to be used and practiced once more. This course provides you with valuable skills for your future career!

The course duration is one week, including 15 flying hours and several blocks of theory during this week. We fly either the Robinson R22, R44 or R66 aircraft. The course can be combined with a type rating on the aircraft we use, in this case a duration of 10 days and a total of 18 flying hours is required. At the end of the course you will fly the exam with a Swiss examiner, and you will be rewarded with a confined area training certificate, a great addition to your flying CV.