Aviation Program - School of Business

Helicopter Pilot Program

Southern Utah University presents the Professional Pilot Program for prospective commercial helicopter pilots. If your desire is to fly helicopters as a career, SUU's Professional Pilot Program is the way to go.

Our Professional Pilot courses provide students with the opportunity to gain the license and ratings needed to be employed as a CFI helicopter pilot. Typically the program takes only 18 months of instruction and flying before students are able get their first job as a flight instructor. You can be working as a pilot before you even complete your college degree.

Southern Utah University - Helicopter Flight Training and Degree Programs

Southern Utah University presents an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree for Rotor Wing aircraft (helicopter). These degree programs share a common core of general education and general aviation courses which include: 

  • Private Helicopter Pilot
  • Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Helicopter Pilot
  • Certified Flight Instructor
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
  • Turbine Transition
  • External Load
  • Mountain Flying
  • Robinson R44 Transition

The SUU helicopter training fleet consists of Robinson R22 and R44 models, as well as Bell series and AStar aircraft. In conjunction with the R44, instructors utilize a flight simulator for instrument training. Our utility aircraft include Bell 206 B & L series aircraft, the AStar Helicopter, as well as a R44 Raven II.

Obtaining the qualifications necessary for a career in aviation requires rigorous training and in depth education. The flight school you choose is important. It must offer precisely the right balance of college education, practical flight training, theoretical aviation knowledge, hands-on flying experience and simulated flight environments.

Our Helicopter flight training school offers the complete training program:

  • Pilot Certification with Commercial Ratings
  • College Degree Programs
  • Career Counseling & Job Placement

In the Professional Pilot Program students are able to take a wide spectrum of helicopter flight courses. Our goal is to produce the best pilots to compete in the job market, through our specialized curriculum of ground and flight training for career pilots. In addition, your training at SUU will provide the bulk of your initial required "pilot hours" (Pilot In Command hours), the foremost qualification one needs to achieve employment in the aviation industry.

Students are trained in accordance with FAA Part 61 curriculum by quality flight instructors using state of the art rotor craft. Through the Professional Pilots Program, you may be able to tap into VA Educational Benefits, receive federal funding, or get a student loan to help pay for fixed wing flight school training.

This is the ideal time to pursue a Bachelors' degree as a Professional Pilot. There are job positions available in law enforcement, electronic news gathering, emergency medical services, sightseeing tours, agriculture, and transportation. Come build your future with us.

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