The simulator training typically consists of 1 to 2 days of training.
The training days consist of one day of theory, multiple training slots of 2 hours each with briefing and debriefing by the instructor.
The training is followed by an examination flight which lasts 2 hours.
At HeliService we hire Co-pilots from various backgrounds; directly out of flight school, with prior offshore experience, from other helicopter operations, as well as or pilots which join us from the military.
All new pilots go through the Operator Conversion Course (OCC), which consists of all the required ground-based courses, such as:
Once these have been completed and the pilot has gained a thorough understanding of HeliService’s standard we take the pilot to the simulator and explore the practical part. There pilots receive training in our offshore working environment and the corresponding SOPs (Standard OperatingProcedures) The amount of training a pilot receives depends on their very background and experience. Once the pilot has reached the desired level of knowledge and skills, we conduct an Operational Proficiency Check (OPC).
During their career as a Co-pilot at HeliService, the pilot will gain experience throughout the years of flying in the North Sea, learning from other crew members, and continuous recurrent training.
Once our pilots have gained enough experience and have reached the minimum amount of flight hours required to qualify for the consideration to be trained as a captain and having continuously shown that they possess what it takes to become a captain; we can start their upgrade to command training.