What does a Helicopter Pilot do?

Helicopter pilots are responsible for the operation and control of helicopters and similar types of aircraft. They fly the aircraft, conduct pre-flight inspections, complete flight logs and other documentation, and oversee maintenance activities. Their primary priority must be to emphasize safety while in the air and ensure the aircraft is maintained in proper operating condition. They also are ultimately responsible for making determinations of whether it is unsafe to fly due to weather conditions or other factors.

Helicopter pilots must have a valid pilot’s license and have completed an FAA-approved training program. They also must have additional licenses and certifications as required by the specific position. Most positions require at least a certain number of flight hours. A variety of clearances and background checks are also required.

What responsibilities are common for Helicopter Pilot jobs?
  • Record information associated with field work activities and partner with the QA teams to analyze field reports.
  • Oversee and participate in the preparation of equipment and materials for each project so the on-site work can be completed properly, safely and efficiently.
What are the typical qualifications for Helicopter Pilot jobs?
  • Training in aviation for small aircraft including helicopters.
Work/Life Balance
3.0 ★
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3.7 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Helicopter Pilot make?

$108,541 /yr
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Helicopter Pilot Career Path

Learn how to become a Helicopter Pilot, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

Helicopter Pilot

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Helicopter Pilot Insights

Read what Helicopter Pilot professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Air MethodsAir Methods
Helicopter Pilot
Jul 20, 2022

“great people to work and so helpfull”

National Police Air Service
Helicopter Pilot
Oct 3, 2021

“It was be quite political”

Signature Utility ServicesSignature Utility Services
Helicopter Pilot
Jun 30, 2022

“Performing jobs not in your job description”

Alaska SeaplanesAlaska Seaplanes
Line Pilot
Mar 11, 2022

“Great people to work with”

US ArmyUS Army
UH-60 Helicopter Pilot
Sep 8, 2022

“Good pay for entry level”

Saudi AramcoSaudi Aramco
Helicopter Pilot
Feb 20, 2022

“Good Benefits if you have an American Passport”

UAV Pilot
Sep 14, 2020

“great contract pay”

US Coast GuardUS Coast Guard
Helicopter Pilot
Jun 1, 2022

“Pay is pretty good when you stay in longer.”

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