Specialty Courses

Turbine Rating

A turbine rating can be done at any stage once you hold a licence. You must complete and pass the approved exam on Basic Turbine Knowledge (BTK), then fly with a qualified instructor to obtain the conversion rating.

The turbine course will cover all aspects of the helicopter, from the technical considerations through to the unique handling characteristics of the aircraft. Your instructor will start with the ground briefing and the technical data relating to the helicopter you will fly. They will also go over some of the knowledge you would have learnt in your BGT studies.

The flying will start with the basics of hovering and circuits then progress through to autorotations and confined areas. Once this has been mastered, we will introduce different weights, more difficult weather conditions and trailer landings, to ensure that you have a completely comprehensive feel for the helicopter to be able to achieve the rating.

If you already have a turbine rating we can assess your experience and shorten the course
to meet your individual requirements depending on which rating you desire.

If you require a twin engine rating, you will need to go through the approved ground course, which we can organise for you. Please call us for details.

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Orbit Helicopters Ltd

North Shore Airport

300 Postman Rd, Dairy Flat

Auckland, New Zealand

Tel +64 (0)9 426 8748

Mob +64 (0)21 340 654


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