Vertical Reference/External Load Training

Jerry Trimble Helicopters is pleased to offer vertical reference and external load training.  Training will be given by our in-house instructors.  Our instructors have completed real-world Part 133 Operations, and have worked for companies such as Erickson and HTS, and have load rigging experience as Wildland Firefighters.  Training is accomplished in the Robinson R-44 and R-66.  Students will start out with vertical reference training and transition to external load operations. Line length will vary from 30′ – 200′.   

Training can be customized to meet the needs of the student.  It can consist of Christmas Tree Harvesting, Cargo Net Transport, variation in line length, and Bambi Bucket Operations. 

The basic long line course will consist of 8 hours of flight in the R-44 or R-66, along with 8 hours of ground instruction.  We also offer an additional Bambi Bucket Class in the R-66. 

 Course Costs

  • R-44 $7,360

  • R-66 $8,160

  • R-66 Bucket Class $2,460

  • R-44 Course with R-66 Bucket Class $9,820

  • R-66 Course with Bucket Class $10,620

Prices are listed at our cash rate.  Add 5% for credit card fees.

Call Sam for details at +1 (956) 706-0455

Students required to arrive prepared with helmet, boots, and gloves.

*Only available at our McMinnville, OR base!*


Touchdown Autos

Now offering Touchdown Autorotation Training at your location.

Would you like to have the best touchdown autorotation training available but can’t come to McMinnville, Oregon?  Now, Jerry Trimble will come to you.  JTH offers a 1 or 2 day autorotation training program customized to your needs.  Contact us for details.

“Blow the Rust Off”Special Offer

We have a special “Blow the Rust Off” package for touchdown autorotation practice. This package includes two lessons lasting .9 each. The first lesson you will practice normal, hovering, and 180° autos with one of our instructors or, schedule permitting, with Jerry. The next lesson you will fly with Jerry  and work on touchdown autorotations. The package also includes 1.0 hour of ground training. Pilot will also receive a complimentary JTH article of clothing (excluding jacket).

Package price is $550.


R-66 Turbine Transition Course

Students at Jerry Trimble Helicopters learn to fly in either a Robinson R22 or R44. These Robinson models are perfect for learning the basics of flying a helicopter. In order to become a more experienced, commercially marketable pilot, students may choose to obtain turbine helicopter experience. In order to help student pilots transition from piston engine helicopters to turbine helicopters, JTH has developed an intensive helicopter turbine transition course.


On the ground, our turbine transition training course includes: a thorough introduction to turbine theory, preflight procedures, starting procedures, normal procedures, aircraft limitations and emergency procedures specific to the Robinson R-66 turbine helicopter.

During flight, the student will begin by performing normal operating procedures. After which, abnormal and emergency procedures will be demonstrated and practiced until the pilot develops increased confidence in his ability to maneuver the aircraft safely. Standards will be determined by the Practical Test Standards (PTS) specific to the pilot certificate held.

Course Completion Standards

  • Applicant will have ground and flight experience with comprehensive knowledge of turbine aircraft operations

  • Complete Written Test

  • Flight Check

  • Logbook Endorsement & Graduation Certificate

  • Course Includes

  • 5 hrs. Ground Training

  • 1 hr. Turbine Simulator Training

  • 4.2 hrs. Flight Training

  • 0.8 hrs. Check Ride

  • Price $4770 USD