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USATS Courses

Become a Pilot, USATS offers a wide range of helicopter and airplane pilot training courses, organized below from modular courses to Professional Pilot Programs to Specialist Programs for advanced pilots. From individual Private Pilot Licenses (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licenses (CPL) and Instrument Ratings (IR) to our fully integrated Professional Pilot Programs, for both helicopter and airplane students, we have a solution to meet everyone’s aspirations.

New! USATS also offers programs for experienced military pilots wishing to convert to civilian operations or switch from rotary to fixed wing flying.

Modular Courses

A range of courses that can be taken separately for students wishing to progress their flying in stages:

  • PPL(H) – Helicopter Private Pilot License
  • PPL(A) – Airplane Private Pilot License
  • CPL(H) Helicopter Commercial Pilot License (FAA or EASA)
  • CPL(A) – Airplane Commercial Pilot Licence
  • CFI – Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor Course
  • CFII – Helicopter Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Course
  • IR – Instrument Rating
  • EASA Theoretical Knowledge (TK)(EASA TK)
  • EASA ATP (Theory)
  • Special Mission Training – courses including Night Vision Goggles (NVG); External Load/Bambi Bucket; Search & Rescue (SAR); Helicopter Underwater Egress Training (HUET) (METS) training, HAZMAT Training and Emergencies Procedures

Professional Pilot Programs

A range of longer, integrated professional pilot courses designed for organizations or individuals seeking to graduate “mission ready”:

  • FAA Integrated CPL(H) for aspiring commercial helicopter pilots – includes FAA PPL(H) FAA IR (H) FAA CPL(H)
  • FAA Commercial Training Program – as above but includes FAA CFI/CFII to allow employment as an instructor for hours building
  • EASA CPL(H) with ATPL/IR(H) Theoretical Knowledge Credit for students with a known career path to ATPL – includes FAA PPL(H) EASA CPL(H) EASA modular ATPL/IR(H) TK course plus option for EASA Type Rating (EASA TR) on R44 and / or R22 and / or S300
  • EASA & FAA Commercial Training Program for students wishing to graduate with maximum career flexibility – includes FAA PPL(H) FAA IR (H) FAA CPL(H) FAA CFI/CFII EASA CPL(H) EASA ATPL/IR(H) TK Credit plus option for EASA TR on R44 and/or R22 and /or S300

Specialist Courses – for Already Qualified Pilots

A range of courses designed to help already qualified pilots select a different career heading:

  • ATP Helicopter to ATP multi-engine Airplane – a course to qualify existing rotary pilots to be Regional Airline ready 1st Officers
  • Training in support of new unit operations – USATS can offer programs of training to support new units in fields including law enforcement & HEMS operations
  • Customized courses – USATS also offers customized courses to meet the personal objectives of our individual students or organizational objectives of our business clients
  • International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) approved Accelerated Command Course

USATS – Graduate Mission Ready

In addition to learning excellent aircraft technical knowledge and diverse handing skills, a USATS pilot graduates the courses below with a deep-rooted understanding of safe operating culture, crew resource management, threat and error management and risk management practices. These are skills essential to maintaining safe flight operations in today’s highly complex aircraft and challenging operating environments; they are also what makes a USATS pilot stand out to a potential employer.

Our basic courses, USATS pilots can also undertake a wide range of specific training programs, such as our FAA CPL(H), EASA CPL(H) with ATPL/IR(H) Theoretical Knowledge Credit.  Contact us now to learn more about our next program, starting in November!

USATS – Nationalization & Training Capability Development

Enhance your internal Training Capability with USATS. USATS provides support and embedded mentors to build aviation training capabilities for foreign governments, foreign law enforcement agencies, foreign airlines and other special mission operators. Drawing upon our extensive expertise managing flight schools at multiple locations and in diverse regulatory environments.

Next USATS Professional Pilot Program Course – November 2018!

November 2018 – EASA CPL(H) with ATPL/IR(H) Theoretical Knowledge Credit course (with options for FAA IR and / or FAA CPL and / or CFI / CFII)

Our course will allow graduates to take up employment as a commercial helicopter pilot (CPL/H) whilst also fully preparing them for the next stage in their professional flying career. The pinnacle of a pilots licensing requirements is the ATPL/IR that enables the pilot to act as Pilot-In-Command of large multi-engine multi-crew helicopters.

This is a demanding training course delivered over 39 weeks and comprising 192 flight hours and over 750 classroom hours. Additional self-study time will be needed by each student to review material, reference question databases, and prepare for the next lessons. Students must have a current FAA / ICAO PPL to join this course.

USATS is currently the only school in the U.S. that holds the necessary approvals to deliver this type of course. For non-U.S. students returning to Europe, this course will prepare them academically for the rest of their flying career and the demanding and challenging flying environments found in Europe.

How to Apply

Complete our application form or call us on 1-800-686-4080 to discuss your training requirements.

Unique Opportunities Around the World

Helicopter pilots have many interesting, challenging, and fun career options, like:

  • Law enforcement aviation response units
  • Firefighting
  • Emergency medical services and other humanitarian missions
  • Helicopter tours
  • Offshore oil and gas support
  • Utilities maintenance and support
  • Instruction
  • Airplane commercial pilot (with additional training.)

Whatever your ambitions, we’ll provide you with quality training that prepares you for a variety of careers in the helicopter aviation industry. Once you’ve earned your pilot’s license, you can count on us for job placement assistance and ongoing career support.

Start your journey today, contact a USATS admissions officer.

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