Heliclass / Philippe Lesourd
Who ? / Where can you find us ?
HéliClass is located at Van Nuys airport in Southern California, 16 miles north of Los Angeles. Van Nuys is a general aviation airport, which means that there are no heavy airliners operating in and out of the airport. The Van Nuys airport is located in the center of San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. With good weather all year around no wonder why the Van Nuys Airport is the most popular airport for general aviation in the nation. In excess of 537,500 total operations annually, VNY is ranked as the world's busiest general aviation airport and is the 7th busiest airport in the United States. Some 788 aircraft are based at VNY, including 148 jets, 27 turboprop, 541 piston aircraft and 52 helicopters. VNY has become the base of operations of aircraft where favorable weather conditions are crucial in example The Fleet of the Los Angeles Fire, Police and Water Departments, all of the major network news helicopters, and the Super Scooper Fire Fighting tankers during our fire seasonThere is, however, a large number of privately owned airplanes and police, fire fighting, news and movie helicopters based here.
The weather in Southern California is excellent for year round training. Only a few days each year are lost due to poor weather conditions. Even NASA makes use of that fact and lands the Space Shuttle not far north of Van Nuys at Edwards Air Force Base.
Accomodation & transport :
The closest airport for domestic flights is Burbank (BUR) and for flights from overseas is Los Angeles Int'l (LAX). We will pick you up at either of these airports and take you to your accommodations by helicopter. Arrangements can be made through us directly. There is a shuttle "FLYAWAY" leaving Los Angeles International airport every 30 minute, this bus will take you for $ 3.50 next to Van Nuys airport.
Foregin students :
If you plan to stay here 90 days or less, you can make use of the VISA waiver program offered to citizens of most European countries, which will allow you to enter with only a passport : L'immigration de travail VISA
Payment as to be made in US dollars on a per flight basis but some course are required to be paid in advance. Many foreign students open bank account locally, have funds deposited by wire transfer and then pay by using personal checks. We cannot accept personal checks drawn on a foreign bank.
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