Enstrom Helicopter

Du Bois Aviation is now operating an Enstrom F28 helicopter vs. a Robinson R22 (see below)

The Enstrom is much larger
(Place for 3 and no seat weight limit vs the R22 weight limit of 245lbs)
The Enstrom is Much safer
(high inertia rotor system) and performs better (Turbo-charged)
Long-line training may soon be offered
If your interested in learning to fly using an Enstrom, let us know!

All flight instruction and ground school is one-on-one with qualified instructors using Jeppesen Learning Materials, which are included under Pilot Supplies below.

A typical flight lesson lasts 1-2 hours with ground school conducted before each flight lesson (with homework assignments).

The average cost per lesson starts at $360.

If you train twice a week you should complete your rating in 20-30 weeks.

Enstrom 280FX Helicopter

Robinson R22

There is no age requirement to begin training. You need to be 16 years of age to solo the aircraft (fly by yourself) and 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot rating.

You will also need to get a medical certificate to fly solo. We can recommend a Aeronautical Medical Examiner for you. If you are in good health you will have no problems. High blood pressure, diabetes and cancer diagnosis can be a problem. Please refer to the FAA website for more details.

A Private Pilot rating allows you and your family to fly almost anywhere in the world in good weather.

To start your training you need to bring the following:

 Unexpired U.S. Passport

Original U.S. birth certificate and a U.S. Government issued I.D. (drivers license).

Foreign students please see our T.S.A. page

 A desire to learn and have fun!!!

That’s it…

To start your training you need to bring the following:

A Private Pilot single engine land license allows you and your family to fly any single engine land airplane almost anywhere in the world in good weather.
(All prices U.S. and subject to change without notice)
Enstrom F28
Enstrom F28 Private add-on
40hrs. @ $295.00hr.*
30hrs. @ $295.00hr.**
Flight Instruction
Flight Instruction add-on
25hrs. @ $65.00hr.
20hrs. @ $65.00hr.**
Pilot Supplies (Kit) Jeppesen Learning Materials $ 275.00
Ground School 10hrs. @ $65.00hr. $650.00
Total Cost:
Total Cost:
Cost/Hrs. estimated only as you may require additional training
Cost/Hrs. estimated only as you may require additional training

(* Indicates block rate)
(** Add-on a Private pilot helicopter rating to your existing license)

To complete a rating you will be required to pay in addition to flight training for the items listed below regardless of the flight school you attend.

Medical Certificate (for Private) $100

FAA Knowledge Test $150

Practical Test/Check-ride with FAA DPE Examiner $600 (see Graduates Page)

*Select your OWN payment method*
We have 3 methods of payment:

1.) Choose to pay in $1000 increments and you will receive the ‘block rate’ on the aircraft – ($10/hr. savings).

(This will save you approx. $300.00+ on your training)

2.) ‘Pay as you go’ (Pay daily – only the amount that incurres after each days training).

3). Finance your training through – Pilot Finance, Inc.
(Subject to credit approval) *Call for details*

(We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX, checks and cash.)

(Maximum deposits of $1000 are excepted and
refunds are given at a maximum of $500)



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N90775 is a Enstrom F28 equipped with a Lycoming AIO-360 engine (205HP). This helicopter is just out of overhaul so everything is new including the new larger NO-AD -6 main rotor blades (more energy for those auto-rotations).has room for 3 and no per seat weight limit. The Enstrom F28 has a reputation of safety when compared to comparable helicopters.  This Helicopter is used for Private and Commercial training (including rating add-ons).

Specs for N90775

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 29 ft
  • Rotor dia: 32 ft
  • Height: 9 ft
  • Disc area: 804 ft²
  • Disc loading: 2.67 lb/ft²
  • Power plant: Lycoming AIO-360 air-cooled piston engine, 205 H.P.
  • Fuel total 40 US gallons
  • Empty weight: 1500 lb
  • Max takeoff weight: 2150 lb
  • Payload: 650 lb
  • Useful load: 410 lb Full Fuel
  • Useful load: 515 lb Half Tanks
  • Hover ceiling IGE @ 1370lb 7000′
  • Cruise speed: 100 mph @ sea level
  • Range: 240 sm at best economy
  • Rate of climb: 1000 ft/min
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft