ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN AVIATION STUDIES: HELICOPTER EMPHASIS
HELICOPTER FLIGHT SCHOOL: THE FAST-TRACK DEGREE
IN HELICOPTER TRAINING
In our aviation degree program with a helicopter training emphasis, you’ll learn helicopter flight fundamentals from CAU's experienced instructors on our own fleet. We know you’re ready to fly. With CAU, you can enter fast-paced, structured year-round courses, meaning you can graduate in just under two years.
As a student in the professional helicopter pilot associate’s degree program at CAU, you’ll become proficient in the areas of understanding 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 pilot, instrument rated pilot, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor. These industry certifications can give you a wider range of employment options to choose from upon graduation.
ROTORCRAFT EMPHASIS PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
FLY IN THE FIRST TERM
Students begin flying and accumulating flight hours in their first term of school. With our fast-paced and structured courses, you can earn your degree in just under two years - meaning you can begin your career quicker.
At CAU, students are trained on a one-on-one, first-name basis with faculty. All instruction, both flight training and ground school, is provided by CAU faculty on our own fleet that includes Robinson aircraft, one of the world's leading training helicopter.
DIRECT PATHWAY TO CFI Positions
Graduates are guaranteed the opportunity to interview for certified flight instructor positions upon graduation. All students are also eligible for graduate services and can benefit from the University's strong industry partnerships.
FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS
As an accredited institution and helicopter pilot school, CAU students can benefit from federal student financial aid programs. In addition, CAU is committed to students' success and offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for those who qualify.
HELICOPTER PILOT TRAINING EMPHASIS
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
INTRODUCTION TO ROTORCRAFT SYSTEMS
This course will enhance, at a deeper level, the understanding and theoretical knowledge necessary to successfully complete the student’s private helicopter pilot training. This is the first step in the rotorcraft degree program at CAU. Throughout the degree, students will earn up to four certificates and ratings.
A detailed examination of the terminology and practical application of aviation weather, aviation law and regulations as it applies to 14 CFR 61.65, aviation safety, human factors, as well as a more in depth understanding of helicopter aerodynamics, performance and systems will be covered.
PRIVATE HELICOPTER PILOT TRAINING
These courses allow the student to develop basic aeronautical skills necessary to solo a helicopter, including an introduction to auto-rotations, pinnacle and confined area approaches and landings.
This instruction ensures that the student is able to analyze, evaluate, and perform helicopter weight and balance, performance and system operations; interpret instruments and system indications; exercise Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM); communicate with Air Traffic Control (ATC); and execute procedures and use check-lists accurately. Students will be introduced to, and become proficient in planning cross-country flights and navigating in the National Airspace (NAS). Emphasis will be placed on emergency procedures; Crew Resource Management (CRM); human factors; and helicopter limitations. At the end of these three courses, all helicopter maneuvers will be performed to published applicable Practical Test Standards.
ROTORCRAFT INSTRUMENT PILOT FLIGHT
These courses provide the student the foundation for accurate control of the helicopter during operations in Instrument Meteorology Conditions (IMC) via use of flight instruments. The student will gain knowledge of the applicable Federal Aviation Regulations/Aeronautical Information Manual (FAR/AIM), and apply these regulations and implementations to flight in IMC.
This course focuses on the flight environment to include advanced human factors concepts that may affect the professional pilot, navigation, and aviation weather; problems associated with flight at low altitudes specific to helicopters, advanced application of techniques of off-airport take-off and landing operations.
The student will master the concepts of Aeronautical Decision Making (ADM) processes. This course ensures that students have a thorough understanding of the aeronautical knowledge required to become a certificated commercial pilot. The student will master aerodynamic principles as applied to helicopters, and considerations along with being able to predict aircraft performance by taking into account weather and weight and balance factors. A review of the commercial FARs will be covered.
COMMERCIAL HELICOPTER PILOT TRAINING
These courses will expand the scope of helicopter operations, to include the planning and execution of approaches and landings to off-airport locations such as pinnacles, confined areas, and approved heli-pads.
Emergency procedures such as auto-rotations and stuck anti-torque pedals will be practiced and night and cross-country operations will be continued, as will exercise of ADM skills. The student will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the various maneuvers and operations, and the ability to perform them all to the Commercial Rotorcraft-Helicopter Practical Test Standards.
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.