Joint EASA-FAA Professional Pilot Program

Offered in collaboration with our European partner Rotorsky, the Joint EASA-FAA Helicopter Professional Pilot Program is the full training program for future pilots seeking to fly for the European helicopter industry. The program includes certificates and ratings needed to meet European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations, in addition to FAA-approved Private, Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument training.


Our EASA-FAA Professional Pilot Program is designed for European students to obtain all the skills and ratings needed to fly professionally in the U.S. or in Europe. Because it’s backed by our F-1 visa program, it provides European students a unique opportunity to earn the additional flight hours they need — for up to 23 additional months — while being employed in the U.S.

By training for EASA and FAA ratings at the same time, European students can save considerable time and cost, without the need for additional EASA training upon return to Europe. Students are able to complete the program in 15-21 months vs. the typical 24-36 months for separate FAA and EASA training.

In addition to FAA professional pilot training, students in the program complete 35 hours of EASA-specific flight training. With these additional flight hours, students learn maneuvers not commonly taught in FAA courses, including 360 degree turning autorotation, s-turn autorotation, advanced hover exercises, and limited power takeoffs.

Students also complete the required EASA ATPL (Air Transport Pilot License) ground school training under the program. This includes 590 hours of online courses covering 14 subjects, with a portion of these subjects also covered each quarter in live ground classes, followed by written exams in our testing center.

  • Solo Flight
  • Private Pilot Certificate
  • Instrument Pilot Certificate
  • Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Certified Flight Instructor Rating
  • Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating
  • EASA Commercial Pilot Certificate with ATPL Theory

Pilots finishing this training plan will be ready to fly for the helicopter industry in the U.S. or in Europe, with all the skills, knowledge, and safety protocols needed for a successful career as a helicopter pilot.

For a full program description and pricing, complete our EASA-FAA Training Inquiry Form here.



Helicopter professional pilot program at HAA