Enstrom Helicopter

Du Bois Aviation will be soon operating an Enstrom 280FX helicopter vs. a Robinson R22 (see below).

Simple, it’s much larger (3 place and no seat weight limit), much safer (high inertia rotor system) and performs better (Turbo-charged).
Long-line training will also be offered.
The Enstrom rate will be $20-25hr. more than the Robinson.
If your interested in learning to fly using an Enstrom, let us know.

All flight instruction and ground school is one-on-one with qualified instructors using Jeppesen Learning Materials, which are included under Pilot Supplies below.

A typical flight lesson lasts 1-2 hours with ground school conducted before each flight lesson (with homework assignments).

The average cost for each lesson is between $275 – $350.

If you train twice a week you should complete your rating in 20-30 weeks.

Total cost for a Private Pilot airplane rating may range from $7,000 – $10,,000 dollars. Financing is available (see below).

Enstrom 280FX Helicopter

Robinson R22

There is no age requirement to begin training. You need to be 16 years of age to solo the aircraft (fly by yourself) and 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot rating.

You will also need to get a medical certificate to fly solo. We can recommend a Aeronautical Medical Examiner for you. If you are in good health you will have no problems. High blood pressure, diabetes and cancer diagnosis can be a problem. Please refer to the FAA website for more details.

A Private Pilot rating allows you and your family to fly almost anywhere in the world in good weather.

The Robinson helicopter has a weight limit of 245lbs. per seat.

To start your training you need to bring the following:

 Unexpired U.S. Passport

Original U.S. birth certificate and a U.S. Government issued I.D. (drivers license).

Foreign students please see our T.S.A. page

 A desire to learn and have fun!!!

That’s it…

To start your training you need to bring the following:

A Private Pilot single engine land license allows you and your family to fly any single engine land airplane almost anywhere in the world in good weather.
(All prices U.S. and subject to change without notice)
Robinson R22
Robinson R22 Private add-on
40hrs. @ $215.00hr.*
30hrs. @ $215.00hr.**
Flight Instruction
Flight Instruction add-on
25hrs. @ $55.00hr.
20hrs. @ $55.00hr.**
Pilot Supplies (Kit) Jeppesen Learning Materials $ 275.00
Ground School 10hrs. @ $47.00hr. $ 470.00
Total Cost:
Total Cost:
Cost/Hrs. estimated only as you may require additional training
Cost/Hrs. estimated only as you may require additional training

(* Indicates block rate)
(** Add-on a Private pilot helicopter rating to your existing license)

To complete a rating you will be required to pay in addition to flight training for the items listed below regardless of the flight school you attend.

Medical Certificate (for Private) $100

FAA Knowledge Test $150

Practical Test/Check-ride with FAA DPE Examiner $600 (see Graduates Page)

*Select your OWN payment method*
We have 4 methods of payment:

1.) Choose to pay in $1000 increments and you will receive the ‘block rate’ on the aircraft – ($10/hr. savings).

(This will save you approx. $300.00+ on your training)

2.) ‘Pay as you go’ (Pay daily – only the amount that incurres after each days training).

3). Finance your training through – Pilot Finance, Inc.
(Subject to credit approval) *Call for details*

4). Military personnel can use Post-911 G.I. Bill benefits for non-college degree programs such as flight school training (other than a private pilot license), effective October 1,2011.

(We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, checks and cash.)

(Maximum deposits of $1000 are excepted and
refunds are given at a maximum of $500)


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N7532S is a V.F.R. Robinson R22 Beta II equipped with a Lycoming O-360 engine. This helicopter is just out of overhaul so everything is new including the new larger NO-AD -6 main rotor blades (more energy for those auto-rotations). A ten gallon aux. fuel tank is also installed. Avionics include a Bendix/King KN-54 digital comm., Garmin 155XL moving map GPS , Bendix/King Digital KT76C transponder and a two place intercom. This Helicopter is used for Private and Commercial training (including rating add-ons).

Specs for N7532S

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 28 ft 8 in
  • Rotor dia: 25 ft 2 in
  • Height: 8 ft 11 in
  • Disc area: 497 ft²
  • Disc loading: 2.61lb/ft²
  • Power plant: Lycoming O-360 air-cooled piston engine, 124 h.p. M.C.P.
  • Fuel total 29.7 US gallons
  • Empty weight: 863.6lb
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,370 lb
  • Payload: 506.4 lb
  • Usefull load: 389.4lb (main fuel only)
  • Useful load full fuel: 334lb
  • Hover ceiling IGE @ 1370lb 9400′
  • Hover ceiling OGE @ 1370lb 8000′
  • Cruise speed: 110 mph @ sea level, 75% power
  • Range: 240 sm at best economy 65% power
  • Rate of climb: 1200 ft/min
  • Service ceiling: 14,000 ft