If you want to prepare for a more challenging and exciting career, it’s a great idea to add specialized training to your Professional Pilot Program and further enhance your skills.
Our Specialty Courses
External Load Course
Fire suppression, logging, and rescue operations are just some of the helicopter career fields that require proficient skill in flying with an external load. Flying external load or “long lining” requires a whole new skill set, vertical reference. Vertical reference means you’re no longer looking forward to safely manipulate the helicopter controls but looking beneath you while safely flying the aircraft. Our External Load Course also teaches our pilots the skills necessary to help with ground operations, including attaching and detaching loads and guiding a load to a specific drop point. The course starts with basic technique in a variety of aircraft of your choice, including the R44 and Bell 206B3. From there the course transitions into more advance technique including real life application insuring you’ll be ready for the rigors of flying external load.
Mountain Flying Course
Many helicopter jobs require proficient skill flying in mountainous terrain and northwestern Oregon is the perfect place to learn. Whether it’s the Cascades or the Coastal Range, you’ll obtain the skills necessary to safely operate in mountainous areas. Our Mountain Flying Course consists of both flight and ground classes in which you will learn mountain flying theory and control technique. Confined area operations, pinnacle landings and wind finding techniques are a few of the new skills you acquire during this course. We offer the Mountain Flying Course in the R22, R44 and Bell 206B3. Our Part 141 Mountain Flying Course will give you the knowledge and skill to safely navigate any terrain the mission may call for.