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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.


Designed for aspiring aviators who wish to be gainfully employed as a pilot, California Aeronautical University’s Associate of Science in Aviation Studies - Rotorcraft-Helicopter provides students with the knowledge and skills to start a helicopter pilot career.

Along with earning an aviation degree, students also earn four certificates and ratings in the program's helicopter pilot training emphasis, including:

  • private pilot - helicopter
  • instrument rated pilot - helicopter
  • commercial pilot - helicopter
  • certified flight instructor - helicopter

As a student in the professional helicopter pilot associate’s degree program at CAU, students will become proficient in the areas of federal regulations, weather, aerodynamics, crew resource management principles, and various aviation topics including modern aircraft technology. With a focus on safe operations, students will also develop a thorough understanding and dedication to promoting and practicing aviation safety.

The University offers federal financial aid to those who qualify and accepts veteran educational benefits for eligible students.

Meet with the CAU Admissions Team today to learn more about admissions requirements, how to pay for school, and program-specific details.


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

Since classes are offered year-round in a highly structured format, 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 & GI Bill®

As an accredited institution and helicopter pilot school, CAU offers access to federal financial aid and tuition reduction programs to those who qualify. CAU also accepts veteran education benefits for eligible students.

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.

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.

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How important is it for you to attend a university that is focused on you being gainfully employed?

The CAU helicopter program is career-focused and prepares students to meet FAA requirements and be well-prepared for helicopter career opportunities. Upon completion of their helicopter training and required flight hours, graduates can work for tour and charter operators, emergency medical services, agriculture, and a variety of other positions.

CAU helicopter students are prepared for their professional careers not only through their academic and practical lessons, but also through the University’s attendance and uniform requirements so they can be well-prepared for future employer expectations.

Additionally, all students are provided career planning assistance, including job-lead development, interview preparation, and resume building through the Office of Graduate Services.

Financial Aid & GI Bill®

Every student’s situation is unique, so finding the right financial aid plan for aviation school is important. Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify and CAU’s financial services coordinators will help you determine what the best financial plan is for your specific situation.

We are approved by the Arizona State Approving Agency for the training of veterans using veteran education benefits. CAU also proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which can offer additional funding towards a flight education.

Since CAU is an institution of higher learning and provides in-house flight training, eligible students may use their veteran educational benefits towards the private pilot certificate.


The helicopter program is offered at the University’s Phoenix campus. Conveniently located at Falcon Field Airport in Mesa, CAU Phoenix offers near-perfect weather year-round ideal for flight training. Without the worry of extreme weather canceling flights, students have the opportunity for more flight lessons which can save time and allows them to reach milestones more quickly.

As a hybrid flight training degree program, students at CAU Phoenix complete academic courses online and receive flight training at Falcon Field.

Learn more about the Phoenix, Arizona flight campus.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

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