Currently have a standard PPL and fly in fixed wing Cherokee Archer (shared ownership), I'm at a crossroads with my flying - do I now go at get a fixed wing IR rating or go on to helicopters?
I really want to fly helicopters but the most limiting factor is one of cost. My Archer is currently costing £80 a month (hangerage and insurance) and around £80 wet (all up inc maintenance, fuel, engine fund etc). I know helicopters are more money but the question is how much more? No one seems to be able to help give me an accurate idea (except double or treble)!!!
Other questions I have is; what other exams are needed (obviously already done law, nav, human factors, radio, aeroplane technical and flight planning & performance - presume that the only one I'll need is helicopter technical?
Final question (sorry!!); as I already fly everywhere in UK airspace, would you recommend training in the US? It seems significantly cheaper (and after all, I only need to know how to fly it and not navigate it!)