Professional Pilot Program | Accredited Helicopter Schools
Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) has designed a Professional Pilot Program for prospective commercial helicopter pilots. If your desire is to fly helicopters as a career, and you have no previous flight experience, ULA's Professional Pilot Program is the way to go. ULA's helicopter flight schools is designed new pilots who want make flying helicopters their career.
Most aviation businesses will not hire helicopter pilots unless they have earned a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI or CFII#), meaning you have logged 1000 hours Pilot-in-Command (PIC) flight hours*. We offer our Private, Instrument, and Commercial helicopter training following Part 141. Part 141 is structured and follows an FAA approved syllabus. Part 141 requires that students follow a pre-determined, FAA approved curricula.
*CFI & CFII does not mean that you have accumulated 1000 hours – simply they are sources to build your flight hours.
#For a comprehensive list of Part 61 and approved Part 141 Flight Courses offered at all ULA locations and additionally offered through SUU, click here.
Professional Pilot Program for Career-minded Pilots
Our Professional Pilot Course provides you with the license and ratings needed to be employed as a CFI helicopter pilot. Typically the ULA Professional Pilot Program takes 18 to 24 months of instruction and commercial pilot flying before a student is able to gain the Pilot in Command (PIC) hours. In addition, we offer a classroom setting for the ground portion for Private and Instrument ratings.
At ULA, we provide a wide spectrum of helicopter flight training. Our goal is to produce the best pilots to succeed in a competitive job market. ULA's Professional Pilot Program is provides a specialized curricula of ground and flight training for the career-minded student.
Our Professional Pilot Program was created to reach the student's career ambitions, and will provide the training and flight experience required to complete the following courses:
- Private Helicopter Pilot
- Instrument Rating
- Commercial Helicopter Pilot
- Certified Flight Instructor
- Certified Flight Instructor Instrument
Additional Helicopter Training Courses:
- Turbine Transition
- External Load
- Mountain Flying
- Robinson R22 Transition
- Robinson R44 Transition
- SFAR 73 Transition
Professional Pilot Program | Eligibility Requirements
- 17 years of age at the time of your FAA Private Pilot examination
- 18 years of age at the time of your FAA Commercial Pilot examination
- Read, speak, write and understand the English language.
- Hold an FAA Class II medical certificate.
- Pass 6 FAA written examinations.
- Pass 5 FAA Oral examinations.
- Pass 5 FAA Practical Flight tests.
- Obtain 200 hours of flight time of which 100 hours are logged as PIC (pilot-in-command)and 50 hours must be in helicopters.
Upper Limit Aviation Schools | Our Locations
ULA is a helicopter flight school located in class Bravo (B) airspace at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City, UT, and in partnership with Southern Utah University (SUU).
Use Your Post 9/11 Gi Bill® Benefits
ULA's Professional Pilot Program is an approved college program for both helicopters and fixed wing aircraft (fixed wing training offered through SUU). Use your Post 9/11 Gi Bill® educational benefits through our partnership with Southern Utah University. Call our Student Services Coordinator to find out how to use your benefits.
All academic and in-flight training is certified under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The academic courses offered include an Associate of Science in Aerospace - Rotorcraft, Associate of Applied Science - Rotorcraft.
AS - Associate of Science: Two-year transfer degree with general education and premajor coursework
AAS - Associate of Applied Science: Two-year degree leading to employment or continued study
CC - Certificate of Completion: One-year program leading to employment or continued study
We serve Helicopter Pilot students from the following States:
Alabama (AL), Arkansas (AR), Alaska (AK), Arizona (AZ), California CA), Colorado (CO), Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC), Florida (FL), Georgia (GA), Hawaii (HI), Idaho (ID), Illinois (IL), Indiana (IN), Iowa (IA), Kansas (KS), Kentucky (KY), Louisiana (LA), Maine (ME), Maryland (MD), Massachusetts (MA), Michigan (MI), Minnesota (MN), Mississippi (MS), Missouri (MO), Montana (MT), Nebraska (NE), Nevada (NA), New Hampshire (NH), New Jersey (NJ), New Mexico, (NM) New York (NY), North Carolina (NC), Ohio (OH), Oklahoma (OK), Oregon (OR), Pennsylvania (PA), Rhode Island (RI), South Carolina (SC), South Dakota (SD), Tennessee (TN), Texas (TX), Utah (UT), Vermont (VT), Virginia (VA), Washington (WA), West Virginia (WV), Wisconsin (WI), Wyoming (WY), Canada, Mexico, Cayman Islands