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Helicopter Pilot

Kaiwhakarere Toparere

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Helicopter pilots fly helicopters carrying people or cargo.


Helicopter pilots with one to three years’ experience usually earn

$41K-$45K per year

Helicopter pilots with more than three years’ experience usually earn

$45K-$180K per year

Source: Heliworx and Flying Horse (Helicopter Services) Ltd, 2016.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting a job as a helicopter pilot are poor due to a small pool of jobs and a high number of people applying for available positions.
Two helicopter pilots in the cockpit of a helicopter

Helicopter pilots control the helicopter on the ground and in the air (Photo: Flying Horse Ltd)

Last updated 13 June 2017