External Load Training

Realistic long line training scenarios with real-world equipment.

Real-World Training

Realistic scenarios and advanced long line maneuvers.

Ocean Helicopters, in association with VR Heli Academy, is proud to offer several helicopter external load training courses designed to teach pilots the art of vertical reference and long line/external load flying.

This real-world training includes practicing with 50, 100, and 150ft Dyneema® long lines, using a cargo net, lifting a bucket holding 300lbs of concrete, and flying precision maneuvers such as setting utility poles and simulating placing air conditioning units.

After successful completion of our long line course, you will be issued a Part 133 external load endorsement.

The diversity of training helped me develop skills that were very useful in gaining employment. I highly recommend the course to anyone wanting a career in the power line or fire fighting industries.



Real-World Equipment

Hands-on practice with professional-grade long line gear.

The external load training courses we offer get you hands-on experience with the equipment you’ll actually be using when you start work as a long line pilot. The Barry Cordage lines we use are made of a composite polyethylene fiber called Dyneema® which have a strength-to-weight ratio 15 times higher than steel.

We also utilize Barry barrel clamps and a Barry cargo net to give you a feel for how a variety of different loads react in flight. Practicing with this real world equipment and trying your hand at lots of realistic scenarios will prove invaluable when you start working as a long line helicopter pilot.

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11550 Aviation Blvd, Suite 1
West Palm Beach, FL 33412




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