Aviation Technology Helicopter Associate in Science

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Many professional helicopter pilots flying today received training from the US Army during the Vietnam conflict. These pilots are approaching mandatory retirement age and as a result there is a growing need for qualified helicopter pilots. Demand in helicopter pilot career paths such as Search & Rescue, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Oil Exploration, Charter Services, Flight Instruction, Heavy Lift, Tourism, Law Enforcement, News Reporting and Executive Transport is increasing. The Aviation Technology Helicopter Pilot Program provides the graduate with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifications required to start your career as a professional helicopter pilot in addition to providing foundational education in the Science, Mathematics and Liberal Arts. Program only starts in the summer semester.

The hands-on training and experience is provided by Seacoast Helicopters (Veterans Administration Facility Code #25003729) in their hangar, training spaces and offices located one quarter mile from GBCC, in new, well-maintained Robinson R22 Beta II (FAA weight limit up through 220 lbs.) and Robinson R44 Raven II (FAA weight limit over 220 lbs. up through 300 lbs.) helicopters. Instruction is provided by FAA-certified flight and ground instructors in primary, instrument, commercial and instructor ratings. Students must complete certification within the semester of that course. No ‘I’ Incomplete grades are permitted. 

The goal of the program is to provide our students with a comprehensive academic and aviation foundation, emphasizing technical/flying skills, integrity, decision-making, leadership, dedication and professionalism. The program provides students the skills, FAA ratings and academic degree to be highly competitive as they enter the employment market in pursuit of a position as a professional helicopter pilot. The program can admit students with absolutely no experience in helicopter piloting and is completed on a full-time basis in two years (summer session is required). Students matriculated in the Aviation Technology Helicopter A.S. Degree will be charged New Hampshire In-State tuition for courses required for the program.

Requirements

The Aviation Technology program begins every summer semester and the deadline for all application materials is April 15th. Late application materials will not be accepted.

  1. Complete an application to the college.
  2. Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent.
  3. Take placement test in reading, writing, computers, and math; place into math 084 or higher
  4. Interview with Admissions
  5. Second-Class Medical Certificate 

Applicants will be contacted to set up interviews once the first three requirements have been met.

First Year - Semester 1

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AVTN150G Private Pilot I Ground 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AVTN151G Private Pilot I Flight 0 8 4
Classroom 0, Lab 8, Total 4
**Either R22 or R44 helicopter
 
FYE101G First Year Seminar 1 0 1
Classroom 1, Lab 0, Total 1
ENGL110G College Composition I 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Total Credits 12

First Year - Semester 2

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AVTN160G Private Pilot II Ground 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AVTN161G Private Pilot II Flight 0 8 4
Classroom 0, Lab 8, Total 4
**Either R22 or R44 helicopter
 
ENGL210G Oral Communications 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
MATH150G College Algebra 4 0 4
Classroom 4, Lab 0, Total 4
Total Credits 14

First Year - Semester 3

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AVTN170G Instrument Pilot Ground 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AVTN171G Instrument Pilot Flight 0 8 4
Classroom 0, Lab 8, Total 4
***R44 helicopter required
 
Social Science Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
* Liberal Arts Elective can be fulfilled by MATH145G Prerequisite to MATH150G or other Liberal Arts Electives
 
Total Credits 13

Second Year - Semester 4

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AVTN250G Commercial Pilot Ground 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
AVTN251G Commercial Pilot Flight 0 10 5
Classroom 0, Lab 10, Total 5
**Either R22 or R44 helicopter
 
PHYS135G College Physics I 3 3 4
Classroom 3, Lab 3, Total 4
HUMA150G Critical Thinking 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
Total Credits 15

Second Year - Semester 5

Course ID Course Theory Lab Credits
AVTN262G Certified Flight & Instrument Instructor 3 8 7
Classroom 3, Lab 8, Total 7
Either both R22 and R44 helicopters required or only R44 helicopter required
 
Liberal Arts Elective 3 0 3
Classroom 3, Lab 0, Total 3
* Liberal Arts Elective can be fulfilled by MATH145G Prerequisite to MATH150G or other Liberal Arts Electives
 
Total Credits 10

Total Overall Credits : 64

Still not sure?

Contact one of the Program Faculty or an Admissions Representative to learn more about the program.