California Aeronautical University (CAU) is excited to announce it will now offer a helicopter flight training degree program at the University’s location at Oxnard Airport in Ventura County.
As an alternative to CAU’s current fixed-wing program, the new helicopter program will be offered at the associate’s degree level and is designed for those seeking a career in the aviation industry as a professional pilot. No flying experience is needed.
Delivered in a fast-paced, structured year-round program, students can earn their degree in just under two years. Instruction of all courses, including flight labs using Robinson helicopters, is delivered by CAU faculty. Students in the program will also earn four certifications within their degree program, from private pilot certificate to helicopter flight instructor (CFI), which allows students to fly professionally.
“With such a strong foundation in fixed-wing flight training, we’re excited to now help students pursue successful careers as professional helicopter pilots,” said Matthew Johnston, President of CAU. “If you have a passion for aviation and would get a thrill out of flying a helicopter as your career, this program might be for you.”
Once they complete the helicopter program training and required flight hours, graduates can work for tour and charter operators, emergency medical services, agriculture, and a variety of other positions. All students are also eligible for graduate services and can benefit from the University’s strong industry partnerships.
The University also offers financial aid to those who qualify and continually offers scholarships to help students cover the cost of their education. California Aeronautical University’s Ventura County location is based at the Oxnard Airport, 1601 W. 5th Street. Applications are now being accepted for the new helicopter program training. Visit calaero.edu to learn more.
About California Aeronautical University’s Helicopter Program
California Aeronautical University (CAU) is preparing the next generation of aviation professionals. Serving students from all over the country, the University offers career-focused programs in aviation, aviation business, and aircraft maintenance. With on-airport locations throughout California and in Arizona that provide an ideal learning environment, CAU courses are delivered in a year-round, fast-paced schedule that enables students to enter the pipeline for aviation careers in the shortest amount of time.
Through the University’s strong partnerships with airlines, influential aviation organizations, and leaders in the aviation community, CAU graduates become a part of a larger aviation network and reap the benefits of these relationships, including direct access to several airline cadet programs. The University offers access to federal student financial aid, scholarships, and veteran benefits to those who qualify.
Mr. Matthew A. Johnston has over 23 years of experience serving various roles in education and is currently serving as the President of California Aeronautical University. He maintains memberships and is a supporting participant with several aviation promoting and advocacy associations including University Aviation Association (UAA), Regional Airline Association (RAA), AOPA, NBAA, and EAA with the Young Eagles program. He is proud of his collaboration with airlines, aviation businesses and individual aviation professionals who are working with him to develop California Aeronautical University as a leader in educating aviation professionals.