Funding Your Professional Helicopter Pilot Training

If you have made the decision to become a professional helicopter pilot, the biggest single barrier will most likely be funding. Helicopters are naturally very expensive to operate, and whilst there is nothing that can be done to reduce the high cost of training, our helicopter pilot scholarships offer have definitely made it easier for many trainee pilots achieve their goals. 

There are various ways to fund your training and whilst we cannot offer any financial advice, we would be happy to make you aware of some well known and approved sources of educational funding, which we have listed below. We recommend that you speak to a financial advisor, as many student pilots have previously chosen to fund their training using savings, obtaining support from family members, or taking out secured or unsecured loans from your high street bank, and a qualified FSA advisor may be able to help you further with this. The links below offer a few additional options you may wish to explore. 

Enhanced Learning Credits

If you are in the military you may have Enhanced Learning Credits that can be used to pay for parts of your training. Helicentre Aviation Academy is an accredited provider for ELCAS and the credits can be used on any of our courses. The MOD’s Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) is an initiative to promote lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The ELC scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

There is lots of information available on the ELCAS website advising you of the process required to use your ELCAS towards a course of training, but the suggested time to allow for processing and delivering the funds to the learning provider is at least five weeks between submitting your claim and starting your course so remember to plan ahead.

Student Finance

A BSc (Hons) in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (Helicopter) is currently being developed by the Aviation Skills Partnership and Middlesex University. More information will become available once validation is complete in September 2014.