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Alice Vorbeck, Bayern
Alice Vorbeck erfolgreiche Berufspiloten Ausbildung

Meine Berufspilotenausbildung  habe ich bei der Heli Transair in Form der modularen CPL- H Ausbildung durchlaufen.

Ich bin bereits seit 5 Jahren im Besitz der PPL- H Lizenz; während dieser Zeit habe ich in München Jura studiert und nebenbei die nötigen Stunden gesammelt um mit der CPL- Ausbildung beginnen zu können.

Nach erfolgreicher Beendigung meines Studiums besuchte ich die ATPL- H Theorie- Kurse bei der Heli Transair. Diese waren sehr gut organisiert. Allerdings würde ich jedem empfehlen, sich gut auf die Kurse vorzubereiten und bereits einige Fragen „geklickt“ zu haben. Das erleichtert dann das Verständnis während des Kurses und das gibt einem die Möglichkeit viel gezielter nachzufragen.

Nach Abschluss der Theorieausbildung begann direkt die Praxisausbildung. Dabei sind 20 h im Helikopter - in meinem Fall der R 44 - und 10 h im Simulator abzulegen. Falls die Nachtflugberechtigung noch nicht vorliegt zusätzlich 5 h in der R 44.

Ich startete meine Praxisausbildung Mitte November 2015 und habe meinen Prüfungsflug am 29. Januar 2016 abgelegt. Der Ablauf war also äußerst zügig und unkompliziert.

Die Terminvergabe funktionierte einwandfrei und da ich großes Glück mit dem Wetter hatte, ist bei mir fast keine einzige Flugstunde ausgefallen!

Fiel einmal eine Flugstunde aus, so empfand ich es in meinem Fall als  großes Glück – denn so durfte ich zweimal mit der EC 120 bei Frachtflügen mitfliegen! Beim ersten Mal ging es nach Frankreich, beim zweiten Flug in meine Heimat München. Diese beiden Flüge waren definitiv die Highlights meiner Ausbildung- den Berufsalltag hautnah zu erleben, auf sehr begrenzten Landeflächen zu landen und sicher und zügig den Auftrag zu erledigen - das war für mich wieder einmal die Bestätigung, meinen absoluten Traumberuf gewählt zu haben!

Ich habe mich in der Flugschule sehr wohl gefühlt - alle Mitarbeiter waren äußerst hilfsbereit, freundlich und zuvorkommend! Vielen Dank an die tolle Technik, die immer ein offenes Ohr hatte und sich Zeit genommen hat, falls es mal Fragen gab.

Besonderen Dank auch an Michael, Lukas und Fabian, die allseits bereit standen, mich unterstützten und mir z.B. immer beim Hinausschieben des Hubschraubers halfen. J

Ganz besonders möchte ich mich bei meinem Fluglehrer Herrn Dirk Herr bedanken!! Er hat mich sehr ermutigend und in ruhiger Art  auf die Prüfung vorbereitet und mich immer wieder motiviert und aufgebaut, wenn es einmal schwierig wurde! Auch hat er sich immer Zeit für mich genommen und ich hatte das Gefühl, dass die Tür für Fragen oder allgemeine Anliegen offen stand!


Auch ein herzliches Dankeschön an meine weiteren Fluglehrer Markus, André und Michael für euer tolles Coaching!

Abschließend kann ich sagen, dass ich sehr froh bin, mich für die Heli Transair entschieden zu haben. Die Professionalität, Freundlichkeit und sehr gute Ausbildung haben mich vollständig überzeugt.

Danke für eine super Zeit!!

Simon Meier, Bremen
Simon Meier erfolgreiche Berufspiloten Ausbildung

Anfang 2014 habe ich mich mit 35 Jahren entschlossen, das Hubschrauberfliegen zu erlernen. Vor und während meines Informatikstudiums hatte ich keinerlei Berührungspunkte mit der Luftfahrt, der Wunsch aber, Hubschrauber zu fliegen, war schon immer da. Nachdem ich mehrere Flugschulen in der Bundesrepublik besucht hatte, entschied ich mich, nicht zuletzt wegen der zentralen Lage bei Frankfurt, für die Heli Transair und habe dort im Juli die durchgehende CPL-H Ausbildung auf der Guimbal Cabri G2 begonnen.

Zunächst begann die Ausbildung mit dem Unterricht in der PPL Theorie, in dem mir über einem Zeitraum von etwa drei Wochen der Hubschrauber bekannt gemacht und dessen Funktionsweise vermittelt wurde. Nach einer anschließenden Phase des Selbststudiums und dem Bestehen der PPL Theorieprüfung ging es dann sofort weiter mit den ersten Flugstunden. Die ersten Schwebeversuche, die ersten Male den Hubschrauber aufnehmen und absetzen und zum Helipad schweben waren anstrengende, aber vor allem spannende Erlebnisse und werden mir natürlich immer in Erinnerung bleiben. Erstaunlich schnell ging es dann in die Platzrunde und mit ca. 25 Stunden flog ich diese dann alleine. Die ersten Solo-Platzrunden sind ein sehr schönes Erlebnis, das man nicht so schnell vergisst.

Parallel zu den ersten Flugstunden begann ich das Selbststudium zur CPL Theorie und einhergehend damit das Durcharbeiten des dazugehörigen Fragenkatalogs. Hilfreich dabei war natürlich die Möglichkeit, die Schulungsräume der Heli Transair nutzen zu können und somit auch immer mal einen Ansprechpartner, sei es einen Fluglehrer oder anderen Flugschüler, vor Ort zu haben. Auch das Bilden von kleinen Lerngruppen wurde dadurch gefördert. Die CPL Theorie sollte meiner Meinung nach, schon allein des Umfangs wegen, nicht unterschätzt werden. Auch sollte man in der Lage sein, selbständig zu lernen und sich Lernziele zu setzen. Weiterhin ist es empfehlenswert sich auf den Unterricht in der CPL Theorie vorzubereiten, um möglichst viel Wissen aus diesen mitnehmen zu können. Der Unterricht war gut strukturiert und es gab stets die Möglichkeit, auch nach Abschluss desselben, den Lehrern Fragen nachzureichen.

In den Wintermonaten bis einschließlich Februar, war es wetterbedingt kaum möglich, Flugstunden zu nehmen, sodass ich mich entschied, zunächst die CPL Theorie hinter mich zu bringen. Ende April 2015 konnte ich dann, auch aufgrund des guten Unterrichts, ruhigen Gewissens die Prüfung in Braunschweig angehen und mit dem nötigen Quäntchen Glück auch bestehen.

Danach lag der Schwerpunkt auf der praktischen Ausbildung mit dem Zwischenziel der PPL-H Lizenz. Da beim Ansetzen einer Flugstunde, mit Fluglehrer, Flugschüler, Wetter und Flugtüchtigkeit des Hubschraubers gleich vier Variablen zu berücksichtigen sind, konnte leider nicht jede Flugstunde wie geplant stattfinden. Da ich mich entschieden hatte, meinen Lebensmittelpunkt für die Dauer der Ausbildung in die Nähe der Heli Transair zu verlegen, war es mir möglich, auch kurzfristige Flugtermine wahrzunehmen und somit unnötige Verzögerungen meinerseits auszuschließen.

Die PPL-H Lizenz habe ich dann, etwas spät im Jahr, Mitte September erlangen können, sodass ich die anschließenden knapp 40 Stunden Soloflüge dann im Oktober, wiederum wetterbedingt nicht immer wie ursprünglich geplant, durchführen konnte. Einen Heidenspaß hat es natürlich dennoch gemacht! Schade hierbei war allerdings, bedingt durch meine Wahl der durchgängigen CPL-H Ausbildung, dass es mir innerhalb dieser Ausbildungsstunden nicht erlaubt war, einen Passagier mitzunehmen und die Erfahrung des Fliegens zu teilen. Dies war auch insofern bedauerlich, da es bei jedem Flug sehr schöne Augenblicke gab, die mich in der Entscheidung diese Ausbildung anzugehen nachträglich bestätigten.

Nach Abschluss der Soloflüge ging es dann verstärkt an die praktische CPL Ausbildung, in der neben dem Vertiefen der bereits bekannten Flugverfahren, weitere, anspruchsvollere hinzukamen. Auch weil die Fluglehrer hierbei gezielt auf meine Schwächen eingingen und diese Schritt für Schritt ausbügeln konnten, war es mir schließlich möglich, noch vor Jahresende die praktische CPL-H Prüfung anzutreten und sie, trotz ungünstiger Wetterbedingungen, zu bestehen. Ein großes Dankeschön erstmal dafür an alle Mitarbeiter der HTA!

Ein besonderes Lob möchte ich außer den Fluglehrern, die in meinem Fall immer wieder erstaunliche Geduld bewiesen haben, den Mitarbeitern der Technik aussprechen, die stets ansprechbar und hilfsbereit waren und jede meiner Fragen zum Fluggerät bestmöglichst zu beantworten suchten.

Hervorzuheben sind des Weiteren zwei besondere Höhepunkte während meiner Ausbildung: einerseits die Gelegenheit, bei einem Frachtflug mitfliegen zu dürfen und so ein zukünftiges Arbeitsfeld aus nächster Nähe kennen zu lernen und andererseits zu den Helidays 2015 in Österreich mitfliegen zu können und bei diesem alljährlichen Treffen meine Begeisterung für die Hubschrauberfliegerei zu vertiefen.

Es bleibt festzustellen, dass ich sehr glücklich bin, diese Ausbildung begonnen und erfolgreich abgeschlossen zu haben. Ich weiß noch nicht genau, wohin die Reise geht - auf den Weg gebracht hat mich die Heli Transair auf jeden Fall.

Juliana Ederer, Bayern
Juliana Ederer erfolgreiche Berufspiloten Ausbildung

Ausbildung zur Berufspilotin bei Heli Transair! 

Die Ausbildung bei Heli Transair läuft sehr strukturiert und organisiert ab. Es standen mir zwei Möglichkeiten zur Auswahl: Die durchgehende CPL(H) Ausbildung oder die modulare Ausbildung.

Nachdem ich gerade mein Abitur abgeschlossen hatte, wollte ich meinen Schein so schnell wie möglich bestehen, daher wählte ich die „Lehre am Stück“.

Wie bei jeder Ausbildung startet auch ein Hubschrauberpilot auf der Schulbank, will heißen theoretischer Unterricht.
Aber irgendwann ist es dann soweit – der Schüler steigt zum ersten Mal in den Hubschrauber um das Ding zu fliegen.

Die ersten Schwebeversuche - ein phantastisches Gefühl!

Ich konnte es am Anfang nicht wirklich glauben, dass ich grade einen Hubschrauber selber steuere - auch wenn es nur der Stick war. Pedale und Pitch bediente noch mein Fluglehrer. Doch das war in meinem Fall auch bald hinfällig. Kurz darauf ging es dann auch schon in die Platzrunde, und dann an die ersten VFR Flüge.
Dementsprechend schnell stiegen auch die Ansprüche - es mussten die ersten Notverfahren geübt werden. Ich kann mit gutem Gewissen behaupten, dass die erste Autorotation ein absolutes Highlight in der gesamten Ausbildung ist.
Sehr bald war ich bereit für meine ersten solo Platzrunden. Ein unbeschreibliches Gefühl, wenn der Lehrer aussteigt und man komplett auf sich alleine gestellt ist.
Das mulmige Feeling ist jedoch schnell verflogen und schlägt in Freude um.
Nach der bestandenen PPL(H) Prüfung war erneut Theorieunterricht angesagt, und danach ging es wieder in die praktische Flugausbildung. CPL – das bedeutet fortgeschrittene Themen wie Instrumentenflug und Nachtflug.
Ich empfand die Flugprüfungen zum Privat- und Berufspiloten genauso wenig problematisch wie die schriftlichen Prüfungen.

Unsere erfahrenen Fluglehrer wissen genau, wann ihre Schüler soweit sind. Das HTA Team war jederzeit für Fragen offen, auch die älteren Schüler halfen immer, wenn es Rückfragen oder Probleme gab. Ich bin sehr gerne zum Lernen in die Firma gefahren, dort habe ich mich immer wohl gefühlt und es gab eigentlich dauernd etwas zu lachen.

Die Heli Transair hat noch ein besonderes Highlight für Flugschüler zu bieten. Da die Firma nicht nur junge Piloten ausbildet, sondern auch Frachtflüge durchführt, kann es manchmal vorkommen dass Flugstunden abgesagt werden müssen. Doch das bedeutet nicht unbedingt, dass der Schüler am Boden bleiben muss! Wenn es möglich ist, werden die Schüler immer auf den Frachtflug mitgenommen, und bekommen somit spannende Einblicke in die Berufsfliegerei.
Absolutes Highlight für mich: in der EC sowie in der A109 mit fliegen zu dürfen.

Bastian Kirsch, Hessen
Bastian Kirsch, Hessen

Als ich nach meinem Abitur mit der überwältigenden Auswahl an Berufsmöglichkeiten konfrontiert wurde, war ich anfangs überfordert. Sollte ich eine Ausbildung, ein Studium oder sogar ein duales Studium beginnen? Bei meinen Recherchen im Internet stieß ich auf den internationalen Studiengang für Luftfahrtsystemtechnik und -management, ein Maschinenbaustudium für die Luftfahrt, das mit der Ausbildung zum Berufspiloten kombiniert ist. Klar träumt jedes Kind davon Pilot zu werden, jedoch waren das für mich immer nur Träumereien eines kleinen Jungen. Dieses Studium erschien als die erste „vernünftige“ Möglichkeit, Berufspilot bei gleichzeitiger Option für andere berufliche Tätigkeiten zu werden.

Zum Thema „Wie wähle ich die richtige Flugschule aus?“, kann ich nicht viel berichten, da Heli Transair die einzige Hubschrauberflugschule ist, die die Kooperationsbedingungen der Hochschule Bremen erfüllt. Nach einigen Gesprächen mit anderen Flugschülern kann ich nur jedem empfehlen, in mehreren Flugschulen persönlich vorbeizuschauen und zu erleben, wie man mit euch umgeht. Wiederholt eure Besuche auch einmal unangemeldet, testet den Umgang mit euch und die Atmosphäre in dem Unternehmen. Redet aber VOR ALLEM mit Flugschülern, wie es ihnen ergeht und was besser laufen könnte.

Die Atmosphäre bei Heli Transair habe ich als sehr positiv, herzlich und unkompliziert empfunden. Ich habe mich jeder Zeit willkommen gefühlt, wurde von allen freundlich begrüßt, man begegnete sich stets mit dem nötigen Respekt und ließ dabei ausreichend Spielraum für Späße.

Die wichtigsten Erfahrungen und Fakten während meiner Ausbildung waren:

  • Festpreise: es sind keine versteckten Kosten entstanden und mir wurden keine unnötigen zusätzlichen Flugstunden aufgedrängt
  • Sehr hohes Ausbildungsniveau, das durch die Flugprüfer bestätigt wurde, seit meinem Ausbildungsbeginn 2013 ist mir kein Flugschüler bekannt, der durch eine praktische Prüfung gefallen ist, sei es die Privatpiloten- (PPL) oder Berufspilotenlizenz (CPL)
  • Flugschüler wurden nicht unter Druck gesetzt und Terminabsagen immer akzeptiert
  • Letzter Feinschliff vor der Prüfung durch den Flugbetriebsleiter
  • Kompetente Fluglehrer, die umfangreiche Erfahrungen weitergeben
  • Fluglehrer, die bei Theoriefragen Rede und Antwort stehen
  • Mechaniker, die bei technischen Fragen oder Problemen immer ansprechbar und sehr hilfsbereit sind
  • Erste Einblicke in den Alltag eines Berufspiloten durch die Begleitung der Fluglehrer auf Frachtflügen
  • Meine Stundensammelphase für die CPL konnte ich im Rahmen meines Studiums in Frankreich absolvieren
  • Mir wurden Überführungsflüge nach Porto vermittelt und Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten angeboten
Philipp Koeppen, Thüringen
Philipp Koeppen, Thüringen

„Die Eindrücke der Kindheit wurzeln am tiefsten.“ sagte einst Karl Emil.

Und so ein Kampfhubschrauber der russischen Armee kann einen mit sechs Jahren ganz schön beeindrucken, vor allem wenn man fast tagtäglich an ihnen vorbeifährt oder überflogen wird.

Seit dieser Zeit wollte ich Hubschrauber fliegen.

Was als Kindheitstraum begann, wurde im Laufe der Jahre ein immer größer werdendes Verlangen. Ich wollte Hubschrauber fliegen!

Da dies aus finanziellen Gründen nicht möglich war, machte ich eben erst einmal mit meinen Modellhubschraubern den Luftraum unsicher und sammelte erste Flugerfahrungen. Und meine Leidenschaft fürs Fliegen wuchs und wuchs.

Was damals die Kampfhubschrauber der Russen in  mir ausgelöst hatten, wurde in meinen 12 Jahren bei der Bundeswehr immer wieder während der Übungen mit den  Heeresfliegern bestärkt.

Da ich mich beruflich neu  orientieren wollte, wusste ich …“ jetzt oder nie!“

Ich möchte meinen Traum, Hubschrauber zu fliegen, leben und damit mein Geld verdienen.

Während der Suche im Internet nach geeigneten Flugschulen und einem frustrierenden Besuch einer ersten Flugschule, lernte ich schließlich Heli Transair als sympathisches, modernes und professionelles Unternehmen kennen.

Erster  Ansprechpartner damals war der Fluglehrer Markus Sandmann, welcher mit mir in einem ersten ausführlichen Beratungsgespräch, die für mich geeignete Ausbildungsform, die durchgängige CPL(H), besprach und mir bei vielen Anträgen und Formalitäten für die Bundeswehr sehr geholfen hat. Diese individuelle Betreuung bestärkte mich darin in Heli Transair die richtige Flugschule gefunden zu haben.

Heli Transair ist transparent, menschlich und familiär.

Diesen Eindruck hatte ich vom ersten Tag an als meine Freundin und ich in der ganzen Flugschule umhergeführt wurden. Natürlich war der direkte Kontakt mit der Hubschrauberflotte im Hangar am beeindruckendsten für uns Beide. Von den Büroangestellten bis zu den Technikern wurden uns Alle vorgestellt und so verflogen erste Berührungsängste.

Die Ausbildung begann- Theorie und Praxis wechselten sich ab. Positiv während der Lernphasen in der Schule war, dass uns jederzeit Unterrichtsräume mit allen nötigen Lernmaterialien, sowie PC und Kartenmaterial zur Verfügung standen und uns die Fluglehrer, wenn es Ihnen zeitlich möglich war, bei Fragen zur Seite standen. Ansonsten haben wir Flugschüler uns gegenseitig geholfen.

Die teilweise sehr anstrengenden Lernphasen meisterte ich mit Unterstützung des sehr guten Kaffees, welcher, sowie auch alle anderen Getränke jederzeit kostenlos  zur Verfügung stand. In den Theorieblöcken wurden wir zusätzlich mit belegten Brötchen verköstigt. Das nenn‘ ich mal „Rundumsorglospaket“.

Auch wenn zu Beginn der Ausbildung und aufgrund vieler Flugschüler nicht ganz so oft geflogen wurde, so habe ich meine Ausbildung zum Berufspiloten in weniger als zwei Jahren erfolgreich abgeschlossen.  Heli Transair hat mir vor allem in der Übungsphase mit Fluglehrer am Ende der Ausbildung einen schnellen und reibungslosen Abschluss ermöglicht. Während der gesamten praktischen Ausbildung wurde ich immer wieder auf Schwachstellen hingewiesen, Dingen an denen ich arbeiten muss und ständig gefordert mir nicht nur 100 sondern 150% abzuverlangen.

Fünf Tage vor der Geburt meines Sohnes darf ich mich nun Berufshubschrauberpilot nennen. Ich bin überglücklich!

Rückblickend kann ich sagen, dass mir meine frühe Leidenschaft für die Modellfliegerei, das Verständnis für die echten, großen Hubschrauber, die Technik und die Gesetzmäßigkeiten des Fliegens erleichtert haben und in Zusammenarbeit mit Heli Transair wurde Leidenschaft zu meiner Berufung.

Vielen Danke an das gesamte Team von Heli Transair für die Hilfe, bei der Verwirklichung meines Kindheitstraums.

Eric Schlüssmann, Hessen
Eric Schlüssmann, Hessen

Zwischen September 2013 und September 2014 habe ich meine PPL-H-Ausbildung bei Heli Transair absolviert. Ich wollte meinen beruflichen Horizont erweitern und den Weg zum Berufshubschrauberpiloten einschlagen.

Bei Heli Transair erhielt ich zunächst einmal eine faire Einschätzung über den Weg bis zu diesem Ziel und die entsprechenden Konsequenzen, unter Berücksichtigung meiner Ausgangssituation (Alter etc.). Mit diesen Informationen konnte ich meine Pläne überdenken und letztlich eine souveräne und für mich stimmige Entscheidung treffen. Als Inhaber einer PPL-A-Lizenz, wurde der theoretische Unterricht nicht nur inhaltlich sondern auch zeitlich voll auf mich abgestimmt. Trotz meiner umfangreichen beruflichen Verpflichtungen, konnte ich die wenige freie Zeit optimal für die praktische Ausbildung verplanen und diese zügig vorantreiben. Mein bisheriges Wissen wurde aufgefrischt, vertieft, erweitert. Dementsprechend fühlte ich mich zu jedem Ausbildungsstand gut vorbereitet, um die anstehenden Aufgaben zu bewältigen (Theorieprüfung, Soloflug, Praktische Prüfung etc.).

Zu Beginn meiner Ausbildung war ich passiv in die berufliche Hubschrauberfliegerei eingebunden. Bei Heli Transair konnte ich den Alltag und die unterschiedlichen Bereiche eines Luftfahrtunternehmens weiter kennenlernen. Trotz des guten Rufes am Flugplatz Egelsbach, war ich ganz am Anfang von der Professionalität der Mitarbeiter verunsichert. Ich fürchtete das Unternehmen sei mir zu gross und unpersönlich. In kürzester Zeit war dies jedoch gar kein Thema mehr. Ich habe mich selten so vertraut, gut aufgehoben und persönlich betreut gefühlt. Dies gilt ausnahmslos für alle Bereiche und Mitarbeiter.

Heli Transair bleibt deshalb für mich auch in Zukunft die erste Adresse wenn es um die Helikopterfliegerei geht. Im Besonderen auch bei der Planung meines weiteren fliegerischen Weges.

Allen herzlichen Dank und Grüsse an das gesamte Team.

Lukas Deutscher, Hessen
Lukas Deutscher, Hessen

Good day,

My name is Lukas Deutscher and I am 22 years old. I am from beautiful Bad König in the Odenwald and have been doing my integrated training as a commercial pilot at HTA since October 2013.

I have already known since my early childhood that I want to be a helicopter pilot.

My journey with this flight school already started at the age of 16 years, with a 2-week internship, which was great fun for me.

Thereafter, I did my A-levels and travelled through the US for 7 weeks and also looked at a flight school during this time. I wanted to make a detailed picture of all my options, in order to find the best flight school for me. For this reason, I also checked various other flight schools in Germany, spoke to many people from the industry and listened to many different opinions.

In the end, I was very uncertain about where to begin my training. After some back and forth, I ended up at HTA and have not regretted it since that day. 

I would advise anyone not to lose their cool over the flight school selection and to decide instinctively about where one fits in best and especially where one feels the most comfortable.

The training began for me with a 3-week theory course for the PPL, where I met my classmates. After this, it was the first time in the helicopter, a Cabri G2, and as one can imagine, it was incredibly beautiful but also extremely exhausting, because flying a helicopter demands 100% concentration at all times. 

Flying then alternated with learning until the end of August 2014, when I finally took the PPL. During this time, new friendships developed and I met a lot of people who I would no longer want to do without.

The entire team at HTA assists you a great deal during your training, regardless of whether in flight hours, theory questions (thank you Fabian :)), or with human affairs.

The motto: “We maintain an open communication” is not an empty phrase here, but is applied every day and indeed from the entire team. 

That is the reason why I feel so comfortable here, and with my current knowledge can warmly recommend this company to anyone.

In my time at HTA, I also picked up some “specialties” about which I would like to briefly report:

The first is the experience of being on a cargo flight and witnessing the daily work of a professional pilot first hand. Smelling the kerosene and hearing the whistling of the turbine, are experiences that I really enjoyed. You get a unique insight into commercial aviation and if the weather is right, you get the chance to fly the helicopter yourself and to gain your first long distance experience.

I was fortunate enough to witness such a spectacle around 10 times, amongst other things on helicopter types EC 120 and A 109, which is my absolute dream helicopter.

I also had the opportunity to fly to Hamburg and witness an approach by night, which is an absolute highlight for me.

The next event, at which I was allowed to participate was this year’s Formula 1 race at the Hockenheim Ring, for which HTA did the helicopter shuttle service and I was there as ground crew. We had the opportunity to view the race from the Mercedes grand stand, which was very impressive. Amongst other things, we brought our world cup champion Lukas Podolski to the race track.

Another sensational experience was the 3 day training course in Neuhausen ob Eck. Taking off from there, one has a phenomenal view all the way down to Lake Constance and the Alps. The area is beautiful and very well suited for training due to its various radio navigational facilities and outdoor landing areas. In the evening, we went to our favourite Italian restaurant and spoiled our palate with very tasty food. The tomato soup in particular was an absolute highlight. ;)

My next step leads me now to the LBA, to pass my theory test for the CPL and then finish my practical training. I am very excited because I know that an entire team is behind me and is helping me achieve my goal.

After my training, I would like to add the flight instructor certificate to it because interaction with people in combination with flying seems to be a delightful challenge.

At this point, I would like to thank the entire HTA team for the tremendous support and the wonderful co-operation that I was able to experience.

Regards Lukas

Michael Peus, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Michael Peus, Nordrhein-Westfalen

My name is Michael Peus, I am 21 years old and come from Sankt Augustin/Hangelar. Long before I did my A-levels in 2012, it was clear that my path would lead to the cockpit. Due to the proximity to the Cologne/Bonn international airport and the Bonn/Hangelar airfield, and especially due to the Federal Police’s flying squadron stationed there, the influence of aviation was strong and already at an early age, I discovered the fascination for flying.

After my attempts to obtain an apprenticeship with the German Army and Air Berlin were unsuccessful, I decided in the summer of 2013 to do the CPL(H) training at Heli Transair in Egelsbach, which I then began in October 2013 with three other student pilots.

The financial cost of a privately financed flight training is naturally quite substantial, but the more I move towards the CPL licence confirms for me that it is worth it. 

The deciding factor why I chose Heli Transair is the sound training concept which ensures an integrated theoretical and practical training with the intermediate level via the PPL-licence. I quickly noticed the advantage of the integrated training, as practical training began already after 3 weeks of theory. Due to few interruptions in the training course, a high level is quickly attained along with safe flying practices.

Additionally, the Heli Transair team does not only have a good professional ranking, but is also “totally fine” on a human level.

From the very beginning, the support and the dedication of the flight instructors for us students were enormous. Even beyond actual teaching hours, the instructors were on hand to help and, especially when one has to deal with the extensive theoretical material. The feedback from the flight instructors, as well as from the technical and administrative staff at the individual intermediate steps, is a great motivation. With this support, and of course the necessary high commitment and diligence, one can reach his/her goal very quickly. That is how I already attained my PPL(H) licence in June 2014, just 9 months after beginning my training. 

During the time at Heli Transair, one has to of course, concentrate fully on the training. This is especially true with regard to the CPL theory that can already be demanding due to its volume. But also here through lows and stress, one can count on the support of the instructors when the necessary commitment and will to advance is demonstrated. 

In spring 2014, I got the offer to work with the ground crew at sightseeing flights and trail courses. More important than the small compensation that you get through this job, is the good insight on how part of a pilot’s work can look – at least at the beginning of his/her career. One of the highlights of this year was participating as ground crew at the Formula 1 race at the Hockenheim Ring. You were offered everything. Accompanying celebrities to the helicopters and participating as a spectator at the races were a great experience. 

In addition to working as ground crew, I also had the opportunity to participate in cargo flights several times, which can lead you into every corner of Germany. From take-off in Egelsbach up to the first field landing and receipt of the cargo, you are flooded with impressions and get a further insight into a pilot’s daily routine. 

I am pleased that my path has led me to Heli Transair, and I recommend anyone who can invest the money to choose this training. 

Since the first day, I have found many new and good friendships that I would not want to do without. 

A special thank you to the team at Heli Transair, who has greatly supported me thus far, and with me hold fast to my major goal.

Kevin Kräuter, Hessen
Kevin Kräuter, Hessen

My dream came true!

In February 2013, I began my private pilot training. An important question then was the choice of flight school. I had several consultations at various flight schools and I chose HTA.

Why? For me, price played a very important role. HTA was simply better than the others, cheaper would be the wrong expression, because such a licence has quite a high price. What also motivated me to choose this flight school, was clearly the technical expertise of the flight instructors.

Already at the consultation, I noticed it is a great team, with which everyone gets along. After my theory lessons, it started immediately: my first flight was imminent, an experience that is not easily put into words! It was amazing and that was just the beginning! It continued with basic exercises and other standards. 

My personal highlights during the training were the numerous emergency procedures, which were also repeatedly integrated into the normal flights. The great time was over way too quickly. I attained my licence in December and since then I have flown as often as time and finances allow. My future plans are already clear: a CPL-H training and once again at HTA.

Thanks for the great time!

Dr. Andreas Magerhans, Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Andreas Magerhans, Baden-Württember

I have entertained the dream of becoming a helicopter pilot for a very long time, as it dates back well before A-levels time. My original career ideal was for me to serve for many years after A-levels as a regular soldier in the German Army and to train to become a helicopter pilot with the Army Aviators.

Due to my mild myopia that was discovered shortly before A-levels and the necessary aptitude test, I heavy heartedly said goodbye to my dreams of flying, for the time being. All the better and more satisfying it is for me that this great life dream “helicopter pilot” has now become a reality after many years of patience and waiting. I have to give myself credit for this great result, that after all those years, I have never lost sight of my goal. 

The choice of flight school was furthermore crucial as I know very well today from own experience. Everything that was promised to me at the beginning of the training was also kept by HTA! I really would not like to think about any other flight school anymore, because at HTA in addition to the always present polite tone, there is also a truly professional atmosphere.

You can simply rely on everything and everyone, which is of significant importance for a newcomer at the beginning. That was really great! My special thanks to the professional instructors at HTA, who have shaped me into a helicopter pilot (PPL-H). In retrospect, this time has certainly been one of the most exciting in my life. I am extremely grateful and very happy with the results.

Thomas Claussen, Hessen
Thomas Claussen, Hessen

From October 2008 to April 2009, I did my PPL(H) training at Heli Transair. I got to it through a trial course, after the idea of flying a helicopter never left my mind. My advanced age (then 51) should not be an obstacle, and it was not.

I chose HTA, because I liked the professional appearance of the company and the great atmosphere among the flight instructors. I did my training on the Robinson R22 and the R44.

Since I had a lot of freedom to structure my activities at the time, I was able to accomplish my training quite quickly. The theory really exercised the brain once again, but that was good and I passed the exam on the first attempt with over 90%. That was certainly due to the good instructors at HTA. After the exam, I flew diligently to get practical experience and regularly exercised the emergency procedures with a flight instructor.

That is what I am still doing today. In the meanwhile, I own a Guimbal Cabri G2, with which flying is a lot of fun. I let the rating for the R22 lapse, but I still fly the R22 occasionally.

I did a few beautiful helicopter tours with HTA that led us to Sardinia and the Baltic Sea. There will always be interesting offers made in this respect.

Flying a helicopter is just plain fun!

Steven Meisner, Thüringen
Steven Meisner, Thüringen

After acceptance to study at the University of Bremen for the international degree course in Aviation Systems Technology and Management (for short ASTM; in German ILST) it was clear to me: If I complete this dual course of studies then in combination with a commercial pilot training. As the only partner flight school of University of Bremen offering a commercial pilot licence, only Heli Transair came into question.

I then thus started, as the first student, the modular CPL(H) training in conjunction with an engineering degree. Heli Transair accompanied me on this path through all challenges and found me a suitable training concept. The flight instructors have extensive technical knowledge and always showed me what is most important in my future professional life. In addition to my training, I gained an insight into cargo aviation. Also the training on the Robinson R22 and R44 types was exactly the right decision for me, because these types are strongly represented worldwide.  As such, I flew these types during my semester abroad in the US and was able to gain more experience and complete some additional certificates. 

In summary, I would like to state that Heli Transair not only helped me to become a professional helicopter pilot, but was also the right partner flight school for my studies. All in all, a very competent team with long standing experience, a pleasant atmosphere throughout the company and a flight school with high quality and safety.

I can only say: Thank you, Heli Transair!

Sebastian Fuhr, Baden-Württemberg
Sebastian Fuhr, Baden-Württemberg

At Heli Transair, I completed my modular CPL(H) training with ATPL(H) theory. Since I wanted to complete my flight training on the Robinson R22 and R44 types and rely on a flight school with long standing experience, I opted for Heli Transair.

All the flight instructors involved in my training possessed a very high level of professional as well as flying expertise, the theoretical and practical training were clearly structured and thus allowed me, with enough own initiative, the chance to complete the training quickly and efficiently. The time frame of the training was highly important for me and in this way, the theory exam was passed on the first attempt followed by the practical exam six weeks later. A high level of expertise and a friendly atmosphere at the flight school were my expectations from the start, to be able to work effectively. Both have proven to be true in the course of the training, so in my opinion, Heli Transair can be fully recommended for the training of professional pilots.

Claudio Conrad, Hessen
Claudio Conrad, Hessen

As a young boy, I was already fascinated by helicopters. When I was eight years old, I flew in a helicopter for the first time. Since then, the enthusiasm for flying has never left me. A year after my A-levels, I decided to go into helicopter flying and start the PPL(H).  

Heli Transair was recommended to me by an acquaintance as a very professional flight school. I trust Heli Transair because safety is paramount and the flight instructors are well experienced. After or during my aerospace engineering degree programme, I intend to do the CPL(H) to become a professional pilot.

Frederik Weiss, Baden-Württemberg
Frederik Weiss, Baden-Württemberg

I am pleased to be able to look back on a successful professional pilot training. After a long search for a suitable flight school for my modular CPL(H) training with ATPL(H) theory, I opted for Heli Transair.

I was convinced by the helicopters used, the training concept, as well as the friendly and professional atmosphere. After completion of the theory classes with excellent support, the LBA exam was not a problem for me on the first attempt. Also, the very high level of the practical flight training was an excellent preparation for the high demands of the practical examination. 

Since all contractual agreements were also handled transparently and comprehensibly, I can only confirm that my choice would always be Heli Transair.

Marion Bialas, Bayern
Marion Bialas, Bayern

Dream job: professional helicopter pilot 

A goal that has never left my head since my childhood days. So I went on a search for a suitable flight school. Many offers, figures, data and facts were presented to me. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that the decisive factor is the climate at the flight school. The interaction of employees with each other, student pilots and clients was for me included in the decisive criterion. The informational meeting at Heli Transair was open, honest and, with regards to costs very transparent. During a tour of the company, the warm working atmosphere was noticeable. I felt welcomed and appreciated. Thus, my decision was made – I would like to complete my training here. A short time later, I began with the theory lessons. Here again my decision was positively confirmed because the lessons were applied on a small scale and very personal. This made learning of the material very easy and even for individual questions there was always a flight instructor prepared to give explanations. Heli Transair offered me the greatest care and competence not only in the theory lessons, but also in the practical. Well over the flight hours, I was able to gain insight into cargo and passenger transport. Especially by cargo flights, I had several opportunities to accompany experienced pilots and learn for future work flights. Likewise, flexibility and customer focus are put into practice at Heli Transair. Each flying lesson included an extensive and individual briefing and debriefing. Furthermore, all appointments are created with the customer in mind so that the learning success is optimal. This success also happened to me, and I was able to enjoy every minute of my training.

Christoph Kapust, Bayern
Christoph Kapust, Bayern

Heli Transair is a company with long standing experience, from which I was able to benefit as a student pilot during my professional pilot training, from the first meeting to the final big exam. 

The support from the flight instructor was very personal and constructive – every flight lesson was therefore optimally and effectively used and thus always brought me one step closer to my goal of becoming a professional pilot. In addition to the professional training, I was able to gain additional important experience for my future career, due to the proximity to the maintenance facility and flight operations with sightseeing flights, cargo flights, events etc.

Manuel Atepow, Hessen
Manuel Atepow, Hessen

I did an integrated CPL(H) training at Heli Transair and could successfully complete this after one year and one month. 

I opted for Heli Transair as my flight school for various reasons. One of the main reasons was the pleasant contact at the informational meetings and also the short distance from where I live.

I simply felt very comfortable quickly and therefore chose Heli Transair, so I did not enquire further from any other schools. I have to admit that I did not explicitly decide on the Robinson type but rather, “just so” had my first training flight on a Robinson R22. Although in retrospect, I am quite pleased since the switch to the Robinson R44 at the end of the CPL(H) training was clearly easier.

Unfortunately, I did not pass my theory exam the first time directly and had to repeat the subject OPS (with the smallest volume) because in this area many unknown questions came up in the exam. I passed this subject without any problems on the 2nd attempt. I particularly enjoyed the extensive training of emergency procedures during the studies, as it was just always very exciting and thrilling. My two most beautiful experiences were: A long haul flight in summer, with beautiful weather, to Lake Constance and back – an unforgettable experience. The second experience was a one-hour functional workshop flight with the EC 120, in which I was allowed to fly approximately 3/4 of the flight myself – including take offs and landings.

Enrico Bicheler, Baden-Württemberg
Enrico Bicheler, Baden-Württemberg

Flying has always interested me and the helicopter in particular, with its unique flight capabilities. So after much deliberation, I opted for a CPL(H) commercial pilot training. As I enquired on the internet, I quickly came across Heli Transair, and after an informational meeting and a tour of the company, it was clear that I belong there.

I flew on the Robinson models R22 / R44 for my training, on the one hand, for cost reasons and on the other, because the R44 is often used in commercial aviation. My personal highlight of the training was clearly the flight hours collecting phase, in which students could move freely across Germany with the helicopter to gain a bit of experience.

Christian Leismann, Bayern
Christian Leismann, Bayern

I have decided on the integrated training CPL(H). I have always wanted to fly helicopters, and since this training was offered at a fixed price, the costs were predictable for me. Since I did not want to take a student loan, I saved up several years before until I got the amount together.

My decision to use Heli Transair fell quickly, since to my knowledge at that time, there was no alternative flight school offering integrated training at a fixed price. In addition, I was convinced by the detailed information on the website and conversation with Markus Sandmann. I did not regret this choice, as I quickly discovered that I am in “good hands”.

The flight instructors are all experienced pilots who were able to clearly convey the complex matter of helicopter flying to me. I was also able to fall back on well-developed training materials with which I managed to pass the theory test at the LBA. 

I had the opportunity, as the first student, to choose between the training types R22 and the Guimbal G2, and opted for training on the Cabri (I additionally did the type rating on the R44). The Cabri was a new model on the market, which brought with it some “teething problems”. But all in all, it is a top helicopter. I have since found that the actual handling can be compared with that of the “big brother” Eurocopter – thus the switch to the type AS350 was very easy for me. Since not many students initially “dared” to try the new type, the possibility to fly a ferry flight from the factory to France (and back) presented itself to me on two occasions - these flights will stay long in my memory and are among the most exciting experiences during my training.

A fortunate coincidence (in the right place at the right time) meant that before I had completed the training, I already had a permanent job with HELOG in Salzburg. So far, I have been working there in flight operations and am preparing myself in parallel for my first mission as a co-pilot in Africa. I already managed to collect my first commercial flight experience at a small company near Salzburg, where I occasionally carry out dual control ferry flights with an AS350 at the weekend.

In retrospect, I am very satisfied with the training process – good flight instructors, excellent organisation, predictable and fair training costs have made my project a worthwhile step into a new and exciting future. I would recommend anyone, who has carefully considered this step, to undergo training at Heli Transair so that the goal is achieved, and that even as a “Lowtimer”, chances on the job market are possible when one does not lose sight of the goal – this I can confirm from my own experience.

Frank Löhle, Baden-Württemberg
Frank Löhle, Baden-Württemberg

If someone had said to me 2 years ago that I would get my pilot’s licence one day, I would have just smiled! Since in fact I come from the trade craft sector and also wanted to continue my education in this field, but from today’s perspective, it fortunately did not work out!

Now came the time to find a suitable flight school that offered an integrated CPL(H) training with a turbine-powered helicopter. Why turbine, one might now wonder. I am simply hoping for a certain market advantage in the later job search! After a few phone calls with various flight schools, no one really wanted to offer me training according to my ideas, mind you in my region, and I come from Lake Constance! Through some internet research, I then came across Heli Transair and tried my luck here, and lo and behold, it worked. I would also like to thank Mr. Sandmann, who by virtue of his extraordinary commitment ultimately made everything possible for me, the way I had imagined! 

I am currently in the middle of my CPL(H) theory lessons and am diligently learning, even if it is sometimes difficult and you no longer really know what to do, everyone has a sympathetic ear for you and tries to help. In addition, when flying you are more than adequately compensated for every effort, and it is a great feeling, when the helicopter slowly begins to do what you tell it to do!

Bernd Schmidtner, Bayern
Bernd Schmidtner, Bayern

My name is Bernd Schmidtner, I am 21 years old and have been doing CPL(H) training at Heli Transair since mid-August 2011. After school, I was trained as a bank clerk and a year later, was active in the lending sector. After this time, upon my decision to fulfil my dream, I asked myself the question: How do I become a professional helicopter pilot or which flight school I choose?

After general asking around and lengthy internet searches, it seemed to me that the flight school in Egelsbach, also because of its good reputation, was the most appropriate. After a personal meeting, I was able to gain an impression on site and have all my questions answered, and so I made the decision to start training at Heli Transair, in spite of the greater distance of 300 km from my hometown.

For the training types, I have chosen the R22 / R44, as these helicopters have proven themselves for many years, due to their consistency and reliability, and are therefore also carried by many companies, which is advantageous for future employment prospects.

Besides the first private flight hours, the most exciting for me was a cargo flight with which I was allowed to fly on short notice. Around 9 o’clock in the morning, we started to fly a parcel to the south, when we received a follow-up order on the way back and set out once again after stopping briefly to refuel. A storm then forced us to land on an alternate aerodrome, but after an hour calmed down enough that we were able to punctually return to Egelsbach two minutes before the airport closed.

This cargo flight was a great experience and confirmed to me that the step to professional helicopter pilot was the right decision.

Timo Wessendarp, Niedersachsen
Timo Wessendarp, Niedersachsen

My name is Timo Wessendarp, I am 22 years old and come from Osnabrück. Before my A-levels in 2011, I spontaneously decided that I wanted to fly helicopters and even began my private pilot licence during A-levels.

After an online search on appropriate flight schools I finally chose Heli Transair, since the instructors left a serious impression on me and could guarantee my completion of the private pilot licence within 3 months.

After passing the PPL(H) examination, I then spent six months in New Zealand where I impulsively took part in a “Mountain Training”. This was about 10 flight hours on the South Island of New Zealand, Wanaka. Upon my return from New Zealand, I chose the modular training as a commercial pilot.

I collected the intended 155 hours of flight time quite quickly, and was now allowed to take part in the theory classes. At the moment, I have type ratings for the Robinson R22, Robinson R44 and also the Cabri G2. I will take my exam on the Robinson R44, as I enjoy flying the most using this type model. 

Lukas Keil, Hessen
Lukas Keil, Hessen

First of all, I would like to thank Dirk Herr and the entire Heli Transair team for the excellent training and the wonderful time!

Why Heli Transair?

As a little boy residing at Yankee 1, helicopters (and indirectly, Heli Transair) caught my attention since by us, airplanes and helicopters are commonplace in the sky.

With age, dreams and hopes are created which must be concretely addressed sooner or later. In my case it was helicopter flying. Almost every day, I heard and learned to love the hum and beat of the rotor blades. Until one day I set the goal, to become a helicopter pilot myself.

As fate would have it, Germany’s largest and most successful flight school was just around the corner, in Egelsbach – Heli Transair.  Therefore, it was of course obvious that by risking a visit there, what consequences would follow. Today, I can proudly claim to have realised my dream of becoming a helicopter pilot. 

I started with a classic, integrated CPL training with intermediate test for the PPL licence. At that time, I really fell for the newer model of the training helicopter Guimbal G2, particularly due to its modern look and advanced technology. I made my decision based on the technological advances compared with the R22, since glass cockpit and the like are on the rise and are more practice oriented for the future. After my training, I will now upgrade my CPL licence to that of an ATPL.

Unfortunately, I did not pass the theory exam at the first attempt. Nevertheless, I successfully completed 10 out of 12 subjects at the first attempt, whereby the second time around at the LBA was by far more relaxed and easier. This relief probably also contributed to my successful completion of the last two subjects at the second attempt.

The opportunity for me to participate in a cargo flight unfortunately did not present itself. However, I was able to gather a great deal of experience and impressions at the numerous sightseeing flights and VIP transport events (e.g. at the Hockenheim Ring) where as a member of the ground crew, I was able to contribute my part to ensure safety and the smooth running of the event.

In conclusion, I could always rely on my flight instructors and the Heli Transair team. Regardless of my concerns, I could always count on competent and quick help. Not only that, but also because of the everlasting good and friendly team atmosphere, I have always felt very comfortable. Whenever I had a question about a particular topic, it would always be answered quickly and in an uncomplicated manner. And I appreciate that very much!

In my two years of training, one or two good friendships were developed.

Christian Klempnow, Hessen
Christian Klempnow, Hessen

After 34 years as commercial pilot with the largest German airline, including 28 years as a captain, I left this restless existence behind in February 2001, with the belief that from now on everything would be quieter. I did not however want to entirely give up flying and maintained my licences, one never knew for what it could be good.

It happened then in Egelsbach, 10 years had passed, when I took a trail flight at HTA with the R44, to see out of curiosity what could be different about helicopters – and a lot was different. After careful consideration, I began training in June 2011 under the supervision of cheerful and very knowledgeable instructors, thorough mechanics and the always helpful, friendly ground colleagues. Almost unnoticed, the helicopter bug had crept in on me. A year later, I was 69 years old, and after an extensive training I then passed the exam.

It was an incredible moment! Flying a helicopter also means for me, despite all the vigilance needed, the ability to dream. My thanks goes to Heli Transair. You never want to land!

Karina Heissler, Bayern
Karina Heissler, Bayern

I started at Heli Transair to undergo training as a private pilot. At first, I was afraid of the technology, because I had little idea about it so far. The instructors at Heli Transair are very dedicated, knowledgeable and patient. They explained all my questions time and again and brought me to the point that technology even became my favourite subject and I passed this sub-discipline with the maximum possible 100% at the examination.

Even today, every employee is always open to questions and try to help me in every respect. Overall, the team here is like a big family, which makes the atmosphere a very pleasant one.

Since I work full time, it was important to me that scheduling solutions could be found. The flight school was very flexible in this regard and made many things possible so that my double burden (work and education) has been minimised. In conclusion, I can only say: I am always happy when I am flying here and can meet the people. For me and my husband, it is like a “holiday” here – pleasant and relaxed atmosphere.

Stefan Breit, Berlin
Stefan Breit, Berlin

I opted for the modular commercial pilot training at Heli Transair. In this way, I was flexible enough to finish my studies in Berlin.

Heli Transair welcomed me from the start, and I felt very comfortable. You do not have the feeling of being one amongst many, but individually supervised and supported. During the first meeting with Mr. Sandmann, it was already clear to me that I will do the helicopter pilot training at Heli Transair. A relatively familiar atmosphere can be felt throughout the company. In addition to flying, I enjoy having private contact with some employees and student pilots. 

In the training, you get the feeling that the teachers know what they are talking about, thus greatly limiting the learning effort for the theory exam. Due to the company’s internal pre-test, passing the exam is virtually guaranteed. In the practical examination, high emphasis is also placed on accuracy during flight manoeuvers. Thus, by the first solo flights you feel very safe.

The instructors are very experienced and can excellently assess their respective flight students. I would definitely choose Heli Transair again, and would recommend to anyone interested in flying a helicopter, to contact Heli Transair.

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