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Become a Helicopter Flight Instructor

US Aviation Academy has experience training students from around the world.

If you would like to become a professional helicopter pilot, Denton, Texas, is the perfect place to learn. It’s abundance of airports and great weather offer more places to fly on more days! The combination of these three will put your flight training on the fast track.

The 0-CFI program at US Aviation Academy takes you from novice student to teacher. Students can work their way to a career as a helicopter pilot and up to the status of instructor. By completing this certification, the student can earn a living as a certified flight instructor for helicopter pilots.

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Program Requirements:
  • Must be 17 years old
  • Read, write, and understand English
  • Able to get M-1 Visa
Course Flight Hours Description
Private 35 hours Take your first flights as helicopter pilot
Instrument 20 hours Flight in low visibility
Commercial 115 hours Gain Proficiency
CFI 25 hours Learn how to teach others
Total 195 hours 0-CFI


This is the first step and certification in training to become a helicopter pilot. This program is the foundation of your training and the beginning of your dream. Your introduction to flight and aircraft begin here. After successful completion of this certification, more advanced ratings are available to earn after the private license.


An instrument rating is generally the next step forward after earning your private rotor-wing license. During this course we will teach you how to fly without outside visual references relying solely on your helicopter’s instrument panel. US Aviation Academy’s instrument rating course is rigorous but necessary to make you a safer and more capable pilot.


Do you want to become a career helicopter pilot? If so, a commercial helicopter license is required to fly for compensation. During this course you will practice advanced techniques in flight and safety and become a more skilled pilot.


For most, the best way to build hours and experience without burning cash is to become a certified flight instructor. You will be getting paid to teach and fly with students! As a Certified Flight Instructor you can share your passion for flying with others.

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