Helicopter Training

Helicopter Training

We provide Private, IFR, Commercial, and more

AOPA Recognition

ETL Aviation received the Distinguished Flight School Award.

Introductory Helicopter Flight

Introductory Flight

If you would like to experience a helicopter flight, this is your chance.

Quality Helicopter Training

Our specialty is helicopter flight training. We provide quality helicopter flight training in central Kentucky. ETL Aviation is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky and conduct our helicopter flight training from the Bluegrass Airport. We pride ourselves in safe, reliable helicopter flight training. Our flight instructors are knowledgeable and friendly, making the flight training experience fun and rewarding.

Flight Training Courses

Below are some of the primary helicopter flight training courses offered by ETL Aviation. 

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Training Helicopter Lexington KY - Schweizer 300

Our Primary Helicopter Trainer

We love the Schweizer 300CB/CBi helicopters for flight training.  The helicopters are easy-to-fly, reducing the amount of training time needed.  The Schweizer is a safe and reliable helicopter for flight training.  This fact is one of the reasons the helicopter design was used for training U.S. Army pilots for many years, until the switched to more expensive turbine helicopters. 

Don't Take Our Word For It. Here Is What Our Students Have to Say About ETL Aviation​

I have taken several lessons with ELT. The aircraft is top notch and meticulously maintained. Brad Fenster, my instructor, was knowledgeable and patient and did an excellent job pacing the lessons. Highly recommend.
Schweizer 269C1 - 300CB training helicopter landed in Nicholasville Kentucky
John R.
Student Pilot
ETL Aviation was extremely great to deal with. As an instructor, Brad was extremely knowledgeable and calm. He demonstrated everything properly and in a very understandable way.
Schweizer 269C1 - 300CB training helicopter landed in Nicholasville Kentucky
Kevin D.
Commercial Pilot
I am a private pilot (airplane,) who has done two helicopter lessons with Brad so far. I am amazed how much he has been able to teach me in such a short time. FUN doesn't even begin to describe the experience!
Schweizer 269C1 - 300CB training helicopter landed in Nicholasville Kentucky
Charles C.
Private Pilot

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Luke SodeLuke Sode
07:13 24 Oct 23
As a former aircraft mechanic, a contractor pilot for the US government, and a commercial fixed-wing flight instructor, my standards for flight training are high. ETL Aviation not only met but exceeded those standards in every aspect.Under the exceptional guidance of my instructor, Brad, I acquired my helicopter private, commercial, instrument, and even CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) ratings. Brad's maturity, expertise, and mentorship qualities made learning not just instructive but also enjoyable. He instilled the ability to make sound operational decisions alongside technical proficiency.What sets ETL Aviation apart is not just the technical training but the wisdom shared by instructors like Brad. The commitment to mentorship ensures that their students leave not just as skilled pilots but also as decision-makers in the aviation world. Now, every time I'm flying an airplane, I find myself daydreaming about flying helicopters, thanks to the inspiration I've gained at ETL Aviation.In fact, I'm looking forward to instructing at ETL Aviation soon, and I hope to share the passion and knowledge I've gained. Perhaps, I'll be lucky enough to fly with you! If you're curious about the world of aviation, consider checking out ETL Aviation for a discovery flight. It's an experience you won't want to miss.In conclusion, ETL Aviation offers an extraordinary training experience. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking top-notch helicopter flight training. My sincere thanks to Brad and the ETL Aviation team for helping me achieve my goals and become a better aviator.
Jesse BeanJesse Bean
02:43 31 Jul 23
I recently arranged a one-hour discovery helicopter flight in Lexington for my 14-year-old son, and I couldn't be happier with the experience provided by our flight instructor, Brad Fenster. From start to finish, it was an absolute delight for both my son and me.First and foremost, Brad's ground lesson was comprehensive yet tailored to my son's age and level of understanding. He took the time to explain the basic principles of helicopter flight in a way that was engaging and easy for my son to grasp. Brad patiently answered all of my son's questions, and I could see how excited and eager my son was to get up in the air.Once they took to the skies, my son had a full hour of pure joy and excitement, all thanks to Brad's expertise and professionalism. He ensured my son felt safe and comfortable while providing him with the opportunity to take control and experience the thrill of piloting a helicopter.As a parent, safety is always my top priority, and I must commend Brad for maintaining a keen focus on safety protocols and precautions. I felt reassured throughout the entire flight, knowing my son was in capable hands.Brad's passion for flying was contagious, and he made the experience not only educational but also incredibly enjoyable. My son couldn't stop talking about it afterward and has expressed a keen interest in pursuing aviation further.Furthermore, I was pleasantly surprised when Brad took the time to review my own flight log and provided me with valuable advice to complete my lessons and earn my pilot's license. His personalized attention and encouragement truly exceeded my expectations and left a lasting impression on both my son and me.The entire team was welcoming and accommodating, making the whole process smooth and stress-free. The facilities were clean and well-maintained, further reflecting the level of professionalism upheld by the flight school.I wholeheartedly recommend Brad Fenster for anyone looking to embark on an unforgettable aviation experience. My son's discovery helicopter flight was an exceptional introduction to the world of flying, and we will cherish the memories for a lifetime.Thank you, Brad, for making this a truly magical experience for my son and for going above and beyond to support my own aviation journey!
Brandi TruesdelBrandi Truesdel
14:01 31 May 23
Amazing experience! ETL’s Brad Fenster is incredibly knowledgeable and genuinely approachable! The entire experience-flying, gaining confidence, & encouragement as a student pilot was 100% worth it!Scheduling my next steps in ink! Thank you ETL!
E. P. SmithE. P. Smith
21:52 07 Jun 22
The KornoffsThe Kornoffs
13:37 29 May 22
I had a wonderful experience with my first flight. Brad was a wonderful teacher and answered all of my questions and more. If you have dreamed of flying a helicopter, here is your chance.
18:31 09 Jan 22
I am currently seeking my private pilots license through ETL Aviation, I have flown many times in my life and met many experienced pilots all over Earth. If you are seeking an extremely affordable, very exceptional, and absolutely professional pilot to train with, I unequivocally, whole heartedly, endorse Brad. Brad is by far the easiest instructor to fly with, he has a way about him that pushes you to excel in a calm, cool, and collected manor. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this man and eagerly await my next flight with him, by the way, he has yet to tell me we couldn't fly, he is almost always available, this man Loves to fly and will make time for your next flight! Thank You Brad for all you do brother.-Branden
Johnson CannonJohnson Cannon
14:09 10 Dec 21
Brad was fantastic! I’ve never been at the controls in a helicopter and he made me feel right at home. Did a brief lesson on the ground and then we were up in the air to the north practice area where he let me do some basic maneuvers. Would absolutely recommend ETL Aviation!!! Much thanks Brad!
Ryan O'DonnellRyan O'Donnell
21:08 02 Nov 21
I recently had my first flight with ETL Aviation and logged my first helicopter flight with them. As a aviation professional from start to finish I felt comfortable and safe with the abilities and knowledge of the instructor. The quality and condition of the helicopter was top notch and it was clear that service to the aircraft airframe and rotor assemble would meet and in some cases exceeded airworthiness. I had a lot of fun and felt like I learned things about the aircraft and how to operate as a rotor pilot. The owner and operator was kind and knowledgeable.
Jeremy GinnJeremy Ginn
14:34 18 Oct 21
from a pilot that has already gotten his fixed wings and decided to add helicopter to his rating brad has been by far the best instructor i have ever worked with very patient and just has a way of teaching and anyone who has ever been or flown a helicopter will understand how important a good instructor is, i really don't think would be where i am right now with getting my rating if it wasn't for him and is manner of teaching. anyone interested in learning to fly i would highly recommend brad and etl aviation has your first choice i promise you wont regret it.
Vanya BistrekovaVanya Bistrekova
00:04 13 Oct 21
Come prepared to have fun AND learn something! I had a fantastic intro flight with Brad and loved every minute. I learned a little about the aircraft, controls, communicating over the radio, and got to try my hand at flying. Brad answered all my questions, even anticipated a few, and he pointed out things I hadn't even thought about. Great experience for anyone considering flying. You WILL want to come back! Also had a very easy time scheduling by phone, and the entire experience was very safe and professional.