Minsk flying club named after Gritsevets S. I. two time Hero of the Soviet Union. It is an educational and sports institution of State association “Volunteer Society for Cooperation with the Army, Aviation and Fleet”. The flying club is included into the state system of flight personnel training for the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus. Since 1997, 229 trainees on helicopters and 52 trainees on navigations systems have been trained in Minsk flying club.
Main activities of flying club:
• Flight training of aviation faculty students of the Military Academy;
• Training of airplane, helicopter, parachute and aeromodelling sportsmen;
• Participation in aviation festivals (airshows) for the purpose of promoting and developing aviation sports.
• An-2 aircraft
• Yak-52 aircraft
• Mi-2 helicopters
The helicopter pilot training program consists of theoretical and practical training courses and has a unified base for all types of helicopters. The theory is being studied in the Belarusian State Aviation Academy. The training is carried out by experienced instructors of the Academy together with the specialists of the flying base and using its training base. The training comprises 120 - 150 hours. Practical classes are conducted under the guidance of pilots-instructors who have wide flight training experience, including flight experience in the regions of South America, Africa, etc. Practical exercises comprise simulator training, ground training and flight training itself. 40-45 flight hours with a professional pilot-instructor are enough to master the basic skills of piloting a helicopter for beginners. 10 hours for pilots who were previously flying as aircraft commanders on other types of helicopters.
Once the training course is completed, the flying club submits the documents on passed training to the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus to allow getting PPL certificate of the state standard by the trainees.