AOPA Resources for Helicopter (student) Pilots?
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There seems to be a dearth of AOPA resources for (aspiring) rotorcraft pilots. Am I missing something, or is there another organization more geared to helicopter/autogyro pilots? My wife and I are both AOPA members, and I hope to start helicopter training once I pass my medical.

I know much of the material applies to all pilots, but some of it is highly fixed-wing specific. Thanks.

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You might check with Helicopter Association International (HAI).

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Great. I'll contact them. Thank you.

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Although I don't work at AOPA, I have been a helicopter instructor for 30 years.  If you have a specific question, I'd be happy to try to answer it.

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Thanks! I'll keep that in mind. The HIA is worthless. $95 for five months membership, and sparse resources. It's bordering on a scam.

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Ronald Levy: 
 

You might check with Helicopter Association International (HAI).

I joined, only to find out that what the $95 that I paid that I thought was for a year (since they didn't mention a time period anywhere) was only for about 5 months, and then the resources are still sparse.

HIA looks more like a joke/scam than a useful resource. I requested a refund. We'll see if they're honest enough to do that.

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While not a dearth of information, what AOPA has put out regarding articles and training pieces on rotorcraft flying through the years does pale in comparison to the airplane fixed-wing information you will find. 

As there is no dedicated section of the AOPA web site for rotorcraft, use the search feature at the top right of the home page to find relevant information. A quick search with just the word helicopter yields nearly 7,000 results, compared to a search for airplane which yields over 26,000 results.

Most of the actual training and how-to material published has been in the Flight Training magazine, as opposed to helicopter related news which usually appears in the Pilot magazine. Although AOPA has no dedicated training course, or program, for private pilot helicopter, for example, the same can be said for airplanes as well.

If you reach a point in your training where you would like to discuss any concepts, please reach out to the PIC here at AOPA. I am dual rated and enjoy the opportunity to assist fellow rotorcraft pilots.

800-872-2672, option 1, then 2, or pilotassist@aopa.org