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Become a Helicopter Pilot

This course is tailored to students going from zero time in a helicopter to a career helicopter pilot.

After completing this program you will be prepared to enter the labor force as a safe helicopter pilot. US Aviation Academy also offers more specialized training such as turbine transition or advanced emergency procedures to make you a more marketable helicopter pilot.

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Program Requirements:
  • Must be 17 years old
  • Read, write, and understand English
  • Able to get M-1 Visa
Course Hours Description
Private 35 hours Take your first flights as helicopter pilot
Instrument 20 hours Flight in low visibility
Commercial 115 hours Gain Proficiency
Total 170 hours 0-Commercial


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. Longhorn’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.

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