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Rotor-Wing (Helicopter) Program Pricing

Flight School Is a Significant Investment, So What's included?

It's important to know what you're paying for when making such a big investment. Here's what's included:

  • Private Certification - You can operate a helicopter for personal use
  • Instrument Rating - Fly an aircraft with low or no visibility
  • Commercial Rating - Get paid to fly helicopters
  • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) - Teach students and get paid to do so
  • Certified Flight Instructor - Instrument - Get paid to teach instrument rating

You'll also learn these real-world flight skills:

  • Mountain Flight - How to navigate challenging mountainous terrain
  • Night Vision - Operate a helicopter while using night vision goggles
  • Long Line - Operate the helicopter while carrying an external load (ex. carrying a water bucket to fight fires)
  • Turbine - Operate a turbine engine helicopter

To give you a further edge on your competition and increase your odds of a high-paying helicopter pilot job, you'll receive: bell-bell-tower

  • An Accredited Degree From Southern Utah University - You'll have a degree from an accredited university with over 100 years of history.
  • Campus Resources - Everything you need to get you through school, from the free tutoring and writing centers to academic advising
  • Financial Counseling - Help through the Financial Aid Center and Veterans Association to help you pay for school and make financial decisions
  • Career Counseling - Career advice about everything from resumes to interviews.

There are just a few things you'll need to cover yourself. We think it's important to let you know before you come:

  • FAA Medical Exam - So the FAA can certify that you're fit to fly. Price differs between medical examiners. Normally $80-$120
  • Books and Supplies - Varies student to student, but typically only a few hundred dollars
  • Flight Gear - Such as a flight computer, headset, and charts. Price varies depending on quality.

How Veterans Can Pay For Helicopter Flight Training

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As a veteran, you have excellent funding options through the Post-9/11 GI Bill®. This bill can cover up to the full cost of your flight fees and tuition if you qualify. Most of our veteran students qualify for full funding.

Additionally, you may qualify for Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) while you attend our program. Most veterans qualify while in our program.

SUU Aviation is one of the only flight schools to accept full Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits. We've also compiled a large list of helicopter scholarships. You can view our list of nation-wide helicopter scholarships, including our own $20,000 scholarship.

Will I find a Job as a Pilot?

The chances of you finding a job as a helicopter pilot are very high. Over the next two years, the helicopter pilot shortage is expected to become even worse than the airplane pilot shortage. A 2018 study by Boeing showed a deficit of 47,000 helicopter pilots by 2036. More than 90% of our Bachelors degree graduates are currently working as paid helicopter pilots. We have constant contact with industry leaders to place our students in some of the top jobs. Our students are currently flying at more than 40 of the top helicopter companies in the U.S. including Air Methods and Maverick Helicopters.

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Current Pricing Sheet

If you're interested in investing in flight training, take a look at our pricing sheet.

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