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Associate Of Science In Aviation Studies - Helicopter

Helicopter Flight School: The Fast-Track Degree
In Helicopter Training

Our accelerated aviation degree program is designed for those seeking a career as a helicopter pilot. Fast-paced, structured, and conveniently located in greater Phoenix, students can earn four certificates and ratings and graduate in about two years. All instruction is provided by CAU instructors on CAU aircraft.


California Aeronautical University offers an Associate of Science in Aviation Studies with a rotorcraft-helicopter emphasis to better serve those interested in a helicopter career. As a student in the professional helicopter pilot associate’s degree program at CAU, you’ll become proficient in the areas of federal regulations, weather, aerodynamics, crew resource management principles, and various aviation topics including modern aircraft technology.

Along with earning an aviation degree, students also earn four certificates and ratings in the program's helicopter pilot training emphasis, including private pilotinstrument rated pilotcommercial pilot, and certified flight instructor. These FAA certificates and ratings can give you a wider range of employment options to choose from upon graduation.

The University offers financial aid to those who qualify.


Rotorcraft Emphasis Program Highlights

Fly In The First Term

Students begin logging flight hours in their first term of school. Instruction is provided on a fleet of Robinson aircraft, one of the world’s leading training helicopters.

Accelerated Program

With our fast-paced, structured, year-round course schedule, students can earn their degree and four certificates and ratings in about two years.

University Strength, Local Convenience

All flight instruction and courses are delivered by CAU with no courses or flight instruction contracted to a third-party partner. All students are also eligible for graduate services and can benefit from the University's strong industry partnerships.

Financial Aid & Tuition Reduction

As an accredited institution and helicopter pilot school, CAU offers financial aid and tuition reduction programs to those who qualify.

This program is for you if...

  • You're looking to make a career out of flying
  • You want to earn a college degree

This program is NOT for you if...

  • You want to fly helicopters as a hobby
  • You want to obtain only a flight certificate

ASAS Degree Course List | Helicopter Training Emphasis

  • Introduction to Rotorcraft
  • Aviation Concepts
  • Rotorcraft Private Pilot
  • Rotorcraft Commercial Pilot Flight
  • Rotorcraft Certified Flight Instructor
  • Cockpit Information Resources
  • Advanced Aviation Weather
  • High Performance Aerodynamics
  • General Education Courses
  • And much more. See catalog for full course list here.

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Helicopter Pilot Training Emphasis

Additional Program Highlights

Potential Helicopter Pilot Careers

Helicopter Tour Pilot

Explore incredible scenery giving tours from up above.

EMS Helicopter Pilot

Save lives by transporting patients from accident scenes to hospitals.

Police Helicopter Pilot*

Help keep neighborhoods safe by being the eyes in the sky for police on the ground.

Helicopter Flight Instructor

Share your love of flight with others by teaching them to fly.

*This is not a program to become a police officer.

Career Outlook

Once they complete the helicopter training and required flight hours, graduates can work for tour and charter operators, emergency medical services, agriculture, and a variety of other positions. Graduates are guaranteed the opportunity to interview for certified flight instructor positions at CAU. Additionally, all students are also eligible for graduate services and can benefit from the University's strong industry partnerships.


Program Offered

*hybrid program including online courses

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