I went up with an instructor in a little Cessna 150 some years back and had a go at flying it. It was after I just happened to pick up a book about getting a private license at a book store in Florida.
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and thought I might like to get a license one day, but have never followed through on it.
Hi Nick K, I have a Commercial Rotary Wing Licence over here in New Zealand. Heli-ski-ing is a BIG thing here!, in the Winter. The Japanese tourists love it, you'd want to for the amount of money it costs!. Nick, I would never use a chopper for work, but I have done 1000's of hours on Search And Rescue missions, the Av Gas paid for by the NZ Police. I fly for free, when I do SAR work (unpaid).
My boss owns a plane and I have flown with him many times. I worked for 6 months in Marathon, Florida and would fly back with him when he came down to check up on the job. I've made a few other business trips with him as well.
Just wondering Nick, what is involved with getting a private pilot's license?
To get a Private pilot you have to sit a written exam given by th FAA after studying all about it. You also need to fly with or under the supervision of an instructor for about 40 - 60 hrs and then pass an exam given by the FAA. Lots of fun, I realy enjoyed it and would encourage anyobe to do it. It kind of get adicting. Costs around $100 to $110 / hr so it is not real cheap but like I always say you can only spend it once.
How much does AV fuel cost in NZ. In the states its about $2.50 to $3.00 per gallaon I grew up in Tasmania.