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Specialized Helicopter Training

Add to your skills with specialized training.

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. It’s your chance to further pursue the helicopter pilot career path that interests you most.

External Load Training

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 training 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 training starts with basic technique in the R44. From there the Training transitions into more advanced technique, including real life application insuring you’ll be ready for the rigors of flying external load.


Mountain Flying Training

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 training 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 training. We offer the Mountain Flying training in the R22 and R44. Our Part 141 training will give you the knowledge and skill to safely navigate any terrain the mission may call for.