Aviation - Professional Pilot Helicopter- Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Program Description

The Professional Pilot Helicopter Associate of Applied Science trains individuals to work as professional pilots in the air transportation industry. Students in the helicopter track will be eligible to earn the following Federal Aviation Administration ratings/certificates: Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Instrument, and Certified Flight Instructor. Training will be conducted under Federal Aviation Regulations Part 141 or Part 61.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills necessary to independently operate rotory wing aircraft safely and proficiently.
  2. Recall rotory wing aviation knowledge commensurate with level of qualification.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to develop rotory wing aviation lesson plans.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to teach from a lesson plan in a clear and effective manner (one-on-one and in small classroom settings).
  5. Demonstrate the ability to deliver practical rotory wing flight training. 

Entrance Requirements

Academic Entrance Requirements

There are no formal academic entrance requirements for the Professional Pilot Helicopter AAS.

Other Entrance Requirements

Required:

Students who enroll in this course of study must have a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Medical Certificate and a student pilot certificate. A doctor designated by the FAA as an Aviation Medical Examiner must conduct the medical exam.

Recommended:

Incoming students are encouraged to obtain at least a second-class medical certificate before entering the program to ensure that they can eventually pursue a career in commercial aviation.

Additional Program Costs (Beyond Standard Tuition/Fees and Textbooks)

All fees for the term must be paid in full by 5 p.m. on Friday of the second week of the term. Unless under unusual nonacademic and documented circumstances, simulator fees are non-refundable. Used portions of flight fees are non-refundable. Licensure fees are non-refundable.

Fees:

  • Pilot headset: approximately $350
  • AV 112 Technically Advanced Aircraft: $650
  • Flight labs (authorized aircraft and hourly rates for Helicopter FLT Lab Series I: Robinson R22, R44, B206, flight training device)
    • AV 227A Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter)                                       
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 20 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $700                                         
      • 23 hours dual flight at $360/hour: $8,280                                    
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390                                          
      • Total: $9,370
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                                                                                  
    • AV 227B Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter)                                                    
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 16 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $560                                          
      • 23 hours dual flight at $360/hour: $8,280                                    
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390      
      • Written exam fee: $160                                     
      • Total: $9,390
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                                                                                  
    • AV 227C Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter)                                       
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630                                         
      • 14 hours dual flight at $360/hour: $5,040
      • 10 hours solo flight at $360/hour*: $3,600                                  
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195: $390                                                                                      
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                                                 
      • Total: $10,410
      • Total flight hours: 26 (1 credit)   
      • *Supervised solo charged at a dual rate due to required presence of a certified flight instructor                                                                                                         
    • AV 227D Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter)                                                
      • Robinson R44                                                                   
      • 20 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $700                                          
      • 20 hours dual flight (includes 15 hours pilot in command) at $650/hour: $13,000           
      • 10 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1,950      
      • Written exam fee: $160                               
      • Total: $15,810
      • Total flight hours: 30 (1 credit)                                                                                                                  
    • AV 227E Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter​)                                                  
      • Robinson R44                                                                   
      • 25 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $875                                          
      • 17 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $11,050                                    
      • 10 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1,950                                                                                        
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                                                 
      • Total: $14,625
      • Total flight hours: 27 (1 credit) 
    • AV 227N Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter​)                                
      • Robinson R44                                                                   
      • 10 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $350                                          
      • 10 hours dual flight at $760/hour*: $7,600                                    
      • Total: $7,950
      • Total flight hours: 10 (1 credit)                                                                                                                                            
      • * Flown in a night vision goggle compatible helicopter
    • AV 227F Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter)                                              
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630                                          
      • 35 hours dual flight  (includes 15 hours pilot in command) at $360/hour: $12,600                                  
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390                                           
      • Total: $13,620
      • Total flight hours: 37 (1 credit)                                                                                                                  
    • AV 227G Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter​)                                
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630                                          
      • 35 hours dual flight at $360/hour: $12,600                                   
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390                                           
      • Written exam fee: $160                                                     
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                                                  
      • Total: $14,530  
      • Total flight hours: 37 (1 credit)                                                            
    • AV 227H Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter​)  
      • Bell 206                                                                             
      • 8 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $280                                         
      • 18 hours dual flight at $935/hour: $16,830                                  
      • Total: $17,110
      • Total flight hours: 18 (1 credit) 
    • AV 227I Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 255 Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter)                                   
      • Robinson R22                                                                   
      • 53 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $1,855                                       
      • 20 hours dual flight at $360/hour: $7,200                                     
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390                                           
      • Written exam fee: $320                                                    
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $850                                                                 
      • Total: $10,615
      • Total flight hours: 22 (1 credit)    
    • AV 227J Helicopter Flt Lab Series I (AV 255 Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter​)                                                
      • Robinson R44                                                                   
      • 25 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $875                                          
      • 10 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $6,500                                     
      • 7 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1365                                          
      • Written exam fee: $160                                                    
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                                                 
      • Total: $9,650  
      • Total flight hours: 17 (1 credit)
      • Series II Aircraft: Robinson R44, B206, flight training device
    • AV 228A Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter)         
      • Robinson R44
      • 20 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $700
      • 23 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $14,950
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390
      • Total: $16,040
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 228B Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter​)       
      • Robinson R44
      • 16 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $560
      • 23 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $14,950
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390
      • Written exam fee: $160
      • Total: $16,060
      • Total flight hours: 25 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 228C Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 115 Private Pilot-Helicopter​)         
      • Robinson R44
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630
      • 14 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $9,100
      • 10 hours solo flight at $650/hour*: $6,500
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390       
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750     
      • Total: $17,370
      • Total flight hours: 26 (1 credit) 
      • *Supervised solo charged at a dual rate due to required presence of a certified flight instructor  
    • AV 228D Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter)                  
      • Robinson R44                                       
      • 20 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $700
      • 20 hours dual flight (includes 15 hours pilot in command) at $650/hour: $13,000         
      • 10 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1,950  
      • Written exam fee: $160         
      • Total: $15,810
      • Total flight hours: 30 (1 credit)                                                                                           
    • AV 228E Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter​)            
      • Robinson R44                                        
      • 25 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $875                 
      • 17 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $11,050        
      • 10 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1,950                                 
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                   
      • Total: $14,625  
      • Total flight hours: 27 (1 credit) 
    • AV 228N Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 215 Instrument Helicopter​)   
      • Robinson R44                                        
      • 10 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $350            
      • 10 hours dual flight at $760/hour*: $7,600       
      • Total: $7,950  
      • Total flight hours: 10 (1 credit)
      •  * Flown in a night vision goggle compatible helicopter 
    • AV 228F Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter
      • Robinson R44
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630
      • 35 hours dual flight (includes 15 hours pilot in command) at $650/hour: $22,750
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390
      • Total: $23,770
      • Total flight hours: 37 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 228G Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter​) 
      • Robinson R44
      • 18 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $630
      • 35 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $22,750
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390
      • Written exam fee: $160                    
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                     
      • Total: $24,680
      • Total flight hours: 37 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 228H Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 225 Commercial Pilot-Helicopter​) 
      • Bell 206                                               
      • 8 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $280                
      • 18 hours dual flight at $935/hour: $16,830     
      • Total: $17,110
      • Total flight hours: 18 (1 credit)
    • AV 228I Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 255 Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter)     
      • Robinson R44
      • 53 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $1,855
      • 20 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $13,000
      • 2 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $390
      • Written exam fee: $320        
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $850                    
      • Total: $16,415
      • Total flight hours: 22 (1 credit)                                                       
    • AV 228J Helicopter Flt Lab Series II (AV 255 Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter​)   
      • Robinson R44                                       
      • 25 hours pre- and post-instruction at $35/hour: $875                
      • 10 hours dual flight at $650/hour: $6,500        
      • 7 hours dual flight training device at $195/hour: $1,365            
      • Written exam fee: $160                      
      • Designated pilot examiner fee: $750                                   
      • Total: $9,650
      • Total flight hours: 17 (1 credit)

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
Core Courses
AV 101Introduction to Aviation 13
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems 14
AV 108Meteorology I 14
AV 112Technically Advanced Aircraft3
AV 115Private Pilot-Helicopter 25
AV 117Helicopter Fundamentals3
AV 150Aerodynamics 14
AV 200Aviation Law 13
or AV 201 Airport Management
AV 208Meteorology II 14
AV 215Instrument Helicopter 45
AV 225Commercial Pilot-Helicopter 44
AV 235Human Factors 14
AV 245Advanced Helicopter Operations4
AV 246Aviation Safety 13
AV 255Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter5
Helicopter Flight Labs (Choose Series I or Series II) 311
Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Helicopter Flt Lab Series I
Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Helicopter Flt Lab Series II
Other Required Courses
BA 206Management Fundamentals I4
or BA 101 Introduction to Business
BA 285Business Human Relations3
or COMM 218 Interpersonal Communication
CIS 120Computer Concepts (or Computer Competency Test)0-4
Discipline Studies Courses8
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics (or choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)4
WR 121Academic Composition 53-4
or BA 214 Business Communications
Total Credits91-96

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while enrolled in the program. Students who do not maintain this standard and desire to continue the program, require completion of a training plan approved by their COCC advisor.
    • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • Additional Requirements:

    • The FAA requires applicants pass an airman knowledge exam for pilot certificates/ratings.

    • Students must be prepared to fly three to four days per week in order to maintain the rigorous schedule that is required in order to complete the flight training in a timely manner.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
AV 101Introduction to Aviation3
AV 104Introduction to Aircraft Systems4
AV 115Private Pilot-Helicopter5
AV 117Helicopter Fundamentals3
AV 227AHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
AV 227BHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
 Credits17
Second Term
AV 108Meteorology I4
AV 246Aviation Safety3
AV 227CHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
MTH 102Applied Technical Mathematics (choose one course from the foundational requirements math list)4
 Credits12
Third Term
AV 112Technically Advanced Aircraft3
AV 215Instrument Helicopter5
AV 227DHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
AV 227EHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
WR 121
Academic Composition
Business Communications
3-4
 Credits13-14
Fourth Term
AV 200
Aviation Law
Airport Management
3
AV 227FHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
AV 227NHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
BA 285
Business Human Relations
Interpersonal Communication
3
CIS 120Computer Concepts (Computer Competency Test)0-4
 Credits8-12
Fifth Term
BA 101
Introduction to Business
Management Fundamentals I
4
AV 150Aerodynamics4
AV 225Commercial Pilot-Helicopter4
AV 227GHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
AV 227HHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
 Credits14
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Course4
Discipline Studies Course4
AV 245Advanced Helicopter Operations4
AV 227IHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
 Credits13
Seventh Term
AV 208Meteorology II4
AV 235Human Factors4
AV 227JHelicopter Flt Lab Series I1
AV 255Certified Flight Instructor-Helicopter5
 Credits14
 Total Credits91-96

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