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About the Associate of Applied Science - Professional Pilot - Helicopter

The Professional Pilot - Helicopter degree is designed to provide the student with the necessary skills and Federal Aviation Administration certificates to gain entry-level employment as a commercial helicopter pilot or flight instructor. Emphasis is placed on aeronautical decision making, flight safety, and effective flying and teaching techniques.

Note: There is a special admission process for this program and prospective students should contact an academic advisor or visit the Yavapai College website for detailed information.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Professional Pilot - Helicopter Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Fly a helicopter under normal conditions and at night. (AVT 109, AVT 110, AVT 111, AVT 112, AVT 120, AVT 121, AVT 209, AVT 210, AVT 211, AVT 212)
  2. Fly a helicopter under emergency conditions. (AVT 109, AVT 110, AVT 111, AVT 112, AVT 120, AVT 121, AVT 209, AVT 210, AVT 211, AVT 212)
  3. Fly a helicopter in clouds and in poor weather conditions. (AVT 120, AVT 121)
  4. Teach other students to fly helicopters. (AVT 220, AVT 221, AVT 230, AVT 231)
  5. Meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements as a commercial helicopter pilot. . (AVT 109, AVT 110, AVT 111, AVT 112, AVT 120, AVT 121, AVT 209, AVT 210, AVT 211, AVT 212)
  6. Meet Federal Aviation Administration requirements as a helicopter flight instructor. (AVT 220, AVT 221, AVT 230, AVT 231)
  7. Using scenarios and actual flying conditions; make safe aeronautical decisions. (AVT 111, AVT 112, AVT 121, AVT 211, AVT 212, AVT 221, AVT 231)
  8. Perform common helicopter pilot maintenance tasks. (AVT 240)
 

General and Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AVT109 Private Pilot Heli Ground I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 109. Private Pilot Helicopter Ground I (2). Fundamentals of aerodynamics, helicopter operation and performance, and instruments. Prerequisite: Admission to the Private Pilot-Helicopter program. Two lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Instruments
2. Aerodynamics
3. Flight
4. Weight and Balance
5. Performance

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify basic helicopter components, systems, and instruments. (1)
2. Explain the principles of basic aerodynamics. (2)
3. Explain the primary principles of helicopter flight. (2,3)
4. Use a POH performance manual. (5)
5. Calculate helicopter weight and balance. (4,5)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
FAA written test.

2
AVT110 Private Pilot Heli Ground II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 110. Private Pilot Helicopter Ground II (2). Fundamentals of navigation, human errors, Federal Aviation requirements, weather systems and hazards. Prerequisite: Admission to the Private Pilot-Helicopter program and AVT 109. Corequisite: AVT 112. Two lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Weather
2. Federal aviation requirements
3. Human error in flight
4. Navigation
5. Hazards

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Utilize airport and heliport communications. (1,2)
2. Identify the basic elements of weather as they pertain to flight. (1)
3. Use a Federal Aviation Regulation manual and Airport Facility Directory. (2)
4. Use a flight computer. (4)
5. Determine protocols for cross-country flight. (4)
6. Identify the physiological and psychological factors which can affect human safety and comfort in flight. (3)
7. Identify extreme hazards of helicopter flight. (5)

2
AVT111 Private Pilot Heli Flight I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 111. Private Pilot Helicopter Flight I (5). Fundamentals of basic helicopter operations. Includes one-on-one supervised cross-country flights. Corequisite: AVT 109. Two lecture. Nine lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Preflight procedures
2. Airport and heliport operations
3. Hovering maneuvers
4. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
5. Performance maneuvers
6. Navigation
7. Emergency operations
8. Night operations
9. Postflight procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. State helicopter airworthiness requirements. (1)
2. Calculate aircraft performance under standard conditions. (1-5)
3. Locate weather sources and information. (1, 6)
4. Repeat aircraft maneuvers during pinnacles, slopes, confined areas, and steep approaches/departures. (3-5)
5. Prepare a cross-country flight plan. (1, 2, 6)
6. Recite dead reckoning, pilotage, and radio navigation procedures. (6)
7. Discuss appropriate responses to simulated emergencies. (7)
8. Identify common issues surrounding night flying. (2, 8)
9. Repeat engine and aircraft shutdown procedures. (9)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria

5
AVT112 Private Pilot Heli Flight II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 112. Private Pilot Helicopter Flight II (5). Flight training including supervised and solo cross-country flights and intermediate operations. Preparation for Federal Aviation Administration private pilot helicopter oral and practical exam. Prerequisite: AVT 111. Two lecture. Nine lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Preflight procedures
2. Airport and heliport operations
3. Hovering maneuvers
4. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
5. Performance maneuvers
6. Navigation
7. Emergency operations
8. Night operations
9. Post-flight procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Determine if a helicopter is airworthy prior to flight. (1)
2. Calculate aircraft performance under adverse conditions (1-5)
3. Locate and weigh weather information against common flight situations. (1, 6)
4. Operate aircraft using industry standard procedures during pinnacles, slopes, confined areas, and steep approaches and departures. (3-5)
5. Generate and execute a cross country flight plan. (1, 2, 6)
6. Incorporate dead reckoning, pilotage, and radio navigation during navigation exercises. (6)
7. Employ appropriate responses to simulated emergencies. (7)
8. Describe common issues surrounding night flying. (2, 8)
9. Accomplish aircraft and engine shutdown procedures. (9)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria

5
AVT120 Inst Pilot Helicopter Ground

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 120. Instrument Pilot Helicopter Ground (3). Instrument navigation, Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) traffic system and procedures, dead reckoning, IFR Radio navigation, use of various instrumentation systems, IFR charts, weather reports and forecasts, transponders, radars, radio aids, anti-icing/deicing systems, preflight checks, aeronautical decision making. Prerequisite: AVT 110. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. IFR regulations
2. Charts and IFR approach procedures
3. Procurement and use of weather forecasts
4. Flight instrument function
5. Aircraft performance capability
6. Anti-icing systems
7. Preflight checks
8. Aeronautical decision making

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply Federal Regulations to IFR conditions. (1)
2. Use dead reckoning procedures as they pertain to IFR navigation. (1)
3. Navigate IFR by using radio aids. (1,3)
4. Use VOR, ADF, GPS and ILS systems. (1,4)
5. Procure and use aviation weather reports and forecasts. (3,8)
6. Determine the function, use, and limitations of the flight instruments required for IFR flights. (2,5)
7. Calculate aircraft performance capability for time enroute and fuel consumption based on wind, power consumption, altitude, and fuel reserves. (8)
8. Apply anti-icing measurements to the airframe, fuel intake, and propeller/intake system. (6)
9. Complete preflight instrument checks for avionics and navigation. (7)

3
AVT121 Instrument Pilot Heli Flight

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 121. Instrument Pilot Helicopter Flight (5). Flight by reference to instruments. Emphasis on instrument preflight, navigation, approach, emergency, and post-flight procedures. Includes the combination of a Federal Aviation Administration approved flight-training device simulator and actual flight time in preparation for FAA instrument pilot helicopter oral and practical test. Corequisite: AVT 120. Two lecture. Nine lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Instrument preflight procedures
2. Air traffic control clearances and procedures
3. Flight by reference to instruments
4. Navigation systems
5. Instrument approach procedures
6. Instrument emergency operations
7. Instrument post-flight procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Determine if a helicopter is airworthy for instrument flight prior to flight. (1)
2. Interpret weather information for an instrument flight. (1, 5)
3. Choose instrument charts for navigational use. (2, 4)
4. Use basic instrument flight maneuvers and criteria. (3)
5. Optimize use of radio navigation aids. (4)
6. Prepare an instrument cross-country flight plan. (5)
7. Employ appropriate responses to instrument emergencies. (6)
8. Verify condition of aircraft after engine shutdown from an instrument flight. (7)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria

5
AVT209 Comm Pilot Heli Ground I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 209. Commercial Pilot Helicopter Ground I (2). Designed for students who are both private pilot and instrument flight rated for helicopter flight and are seeking the commercial pilot rating. Includes advanced helicopter components, advanced aerodynamics and advanced performance. Prerequisite: AVT 121. Two lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Advanced helicopter components
2. Advanced helicopter aerodynamics
3. Advanced helicopter performance

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and describe parts of advanced rotor systems and advanced airfoils for commercial helicopters. (1)
2. Describe the four forces of aerodynamics and their affect on advanced flight operations. (2)
3. Describe the effects of autorotative descents. (2)
4. Predict commercial helicopter performance for density altitude, gross weight, wind and performance. (3)
5. Compute weight and balance as it pertains to aircraft performance. (3)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
FAA written test.

2
AVT210 Comm Pilot Heli Grnd

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 210. Commercial Helicopter Pilot Ground (3). Designed for students who are both private pilot and instrument flight rated for helicopter flight and are seeking commercial pilot rating. Includes advanced helicopter components, advanced aerodynamics, high altitude meteorology, cross country flight, and commercial FAA regulations. Prerequisite: AVT 101 and AVT 102. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Advanced helicopter components
2. Advanced aerodynamics
3. Cross country flight
4. Commercial FAA regulations

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Identify and describe parts of advanced rotor systems for commercial helicopters. (1)
2. Identify and describe parts of advanced airfoils for commercial helicopters. (1)
3. Describe advanced helicopter power plants. (1,2)
4. Describe features of advanced landing gear systems. (1)
5. Describe the four forces of aerodynamics and their affect on advanced flight operations. (2)
6. Describe the effects of autorotative descents. (2)
7. Predict commercial helicopter performance for density altitude, gross weight, wind and performance. (2)
8. Compute weight and balance as it pertains to aircraft performance. (2)
9. Identify the factors that affect commercial flight passenger comfort, safety and efficiency during cross-country flight. (3)
10. Identify FAA regulations pertaining to commercial helicopter flight. (4)
11. Identify FAA accident reporting procedures. (4)

3
AVT211 Comm Pilot Heli Flight I

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 211. Commercial Pilot Helicopter Flight I (5). Advanced helicopter flight operations and navigation, including mountain flying techniques. Preparation for Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot oral and practical test. Corequisite: AVT 209. Two lecture. Nine lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Preflight procedures
2. Hovering maneuvers
3. Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
4. Performance maneuvers
5. Post-flight procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Validate helicopter airworthiness with simulated discrepancies. (1)
2. Predict aircraft performance under adverse and abnormal conditions. (1-4)
3. Evaluate weather information as it applies to complex and atypical flight scenarios. (1)
4. Differentiate between procedures used during pinnacles, slopes, confined areas, and steep approaches and departures. (2- 4)
5. Verify condition of aircraft after engine shutdown. (5)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a stage check or flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria.

5
AVT212 Comm Pilot Heli Flight II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 212. Commercial Pilot Helicopter Flight II (5). Advanced helicopter flight operations and navigation, including mountain flying techniques. Preparation for Federal Aviation Administration commercial pilot oral and practical test. Corequisite: AVT 210. Two lecture. Nine lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Airport and heliport operations
2. Navigation
3. Emergency operations
4. Night operations
5. Mountain flying

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Construct, execute, and revise in flight, a cross-country flight plan. (1, 2)
2. Integrate dead reckoning, pilotage, and radio navigation procedures into flight and simulated emergency scenarios. (2)
3. Weigh factors and prescribe multiple solutions to simulated emergencies. (3)
4. Identify and maximize night flying navigation and terrain avoidance techniques. (1,4)
5. Adapt flying techniques to a mountain environment. (5)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria.

5
AVT220 Flight Inst Helicopter Grnd

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 220. Flight Instructor Helicopter Ground (3). Instructional strategies and planning, communications, student evaluation, the learning process and flight instructor responsibilities. Prerequisite: AVT 210. Three lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Learning process and human behavior
2. Effective communication
3. Instructional critique and evaluation
4. Flight Instructor responsibilities
5. Instructional planning

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Explain the components of the learning process. (1)
2. Describe human behavior based on control, needs, defense mechanisms, and the instructor's role in relations. (1)
3. Describe the barriers and basic elements of the communication process. (1,2)
4. Identify basic preparation, evaluation, and presentation techniques for effective instruction. (3,5)
5. Describe the purpose of critique. (3)
6. Identify use and theory of instructional aids in the classroom. (1,3,5)
7. Prepare evaluation examinations including written, oral and performance based. (3,5)
8. Describe the characteristics of critique. (3)
9. Describe the basic responsibilities of the flight instructor. (4)
10. Plan an instructional delivery activity. (1-5)

3
AVT221 Flight Instructor Heli Flight

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 221. Flight Instructor Helicopter Flight (4). Techniques for giving one-on-one instruction to helicopter student pilots and critiquing student performance. Preparation for Federal Aviation Administration flight instructor helicopter oral and practical test. Prerequisite: AVT 210 and AVT 212. Corequisite: AVT 220. Three lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial preflight preparation and procedures
2. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial airport and heliport operations
3. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial hovering maneuvers
4. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds
5. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial performance maneuvers
6. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial navigation
7. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial emergency operations
8. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial night operations
9. Teaching recreational, private, and commercial post-flight procedures
10. Teaching mountain flying
11. Teaching special operations

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Adapt lesson plans and prescribe specific lessons to each recreational, private, and commercial student pilot. (1-11)
2. Critique recreational, private, and commercial student pilot maneuvers. (1-11)
3. Outline a series of recreational, private, and commercial flight lessons based on differing student levels of experience and aptitude. (1-11)
4. Diagnose recreational, private, and commercial student pilot learning problems. (1-11)
5. Develop effective professional relationships with recreational, private, and commercial student pilots to improve learning. (1-11)
6. Model professional behaviors and attitudes to recreational, private, and commercial student pilots. (1-11)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria

4
AVT230 Flight Instructor Inst Heli Gr

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 230. Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Ground (2). Instrument pilot teaching techniques utilizing Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) regulatory guidelines. Preparation to take the Federal Aviation Administration flight instructor instrument helicopter written test and a portion of the oral and practical exam. Prerequisite: AVT 210. Two lecture.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. IFR regulations
2. Charts and IFR approach procedures
3. Weather charts
4. Flight instrument function
5. Aircraft performance capability
6. Anti-icing systems
7. Preflight checks
8. Aeronautical decision-making

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Apply Federal Regulations to IFR conditions. (1)
2. Choose instrument charts for navigational use. (2)
3. Evaluate weather charts for cross-country planning. (3)
4. Determine the function, use, and limitations of the flight instruments required for IFR flights. (4)
5. Predict aircraft performance. (5)
6. Discriminate between the anti-icing measures for the airframe, fuel intake, and propeller/intake systems. (6)
7. Explain preflight instrument checks for avionics and navigation. (7)
8. Evaluate aircraft performance capability for time en route and fuel consumption based on wind, power consumption, altitude, and fuel reserves. (8)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
Federal Aviation Administration written test.

2
AVT231 Flight Instructor Inst Heli Fl

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 231. Flight Instructor Instrument Helicopter Flight (2). Teaching flying in clouds and poor weather solely by reference to aircraft instruments. Includes teaching in a flight-training device (simulator). Preparation for Federal Aviation Administration flight instructor instrument helicopter oral and practical test. Corequisite: AVT 230. One lecture. Three lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. instructing fundamentals
2. Teaching technical subject areas
3. Teaching instrument preflight preparation
4. Teaching instrument preflight lessons
5. Teaching air traffic control clearances and procedures
6. Teaching flight by reference to instruments
7. Teaching navigation systems
8. Teaching instrument approach procedures
9. Teaching instrument emergency operations
10. Teaching instrument post-flight procedures

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Adapt lesson plans and prescribe specific lessons to individual instrument student pilots. (1-10)
2. Critique instrument student pilot maneuvers. (1-10)
3. Outline a series of instrument flight lessons based on differing student levels of experience and aptitude. (1-10)
4. Diagnose instrument student pilot learning problems. (1-10)
5. Develop effective professional relationships with instrument pilot students for maximum teaching and learning experiences. (1-10)
6. Model professional behaviors and attitudes to instrument student pilots. (1-10)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam (2-3 hrs) & a flight exam (1-2 hrs) based on FAA criteria.

2
AVT240 Helicopter Pilot Prevent Maint

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
AVT 240. Helicopter Pilot Preventative Maintenance (1). Basic helicopter maintenance theory, documentation, and standard industry practices to return an aircraft to service in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration standards. Emphasis on maintenance tasks that pilots are authorized to perform on helicopters. Prerequisite: AVT 110. One-half lecture. One and one-half lab.

COURSE CONTENT:
1. FAA maintenance regulations
2. Industry standard maintenance practices
3. Helicopter specific maintenance procedures
4. Use of common hand tools
5. Recording aircraft maintenance
6. Tool safety and chemical hazards

LEARNING OUTCOMES:
1. Replace bulbs, reflectors, and lenses of position and landing lights. (1-6)
2. Replace defective safety wiring or cotter keys. (1-6)
3. Replenish hydraulic fluid in the hydraulic reservoir. (1-6)
4. Replace or service and gap spark plugs. (1-6)
5. Clean or replace fuel and oil strainers or filter elements. (1-6)
6. Remove, check, and replace magnetic chip detectors. (1-6)
7. Update self-contained navigational software data bases. (1-6)
8. Replace and service batteries. (1-6)

REQUIRED ASSESSMENT:
At least one oral exam & 8 lab exercises.

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