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Aviation - Helicopter Pilot A.A.S.

Southern Utah University
Program overview
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Cedar City

Cedar City

Cedar City

Program description

Aviation - Helicopter Pilot A.A.S.

Southern Utah University offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation with three specializations: Rotor-Wing (helicopter) Pilot, Fixed Wing (airplane) Pilot, and Unmanned Aircraft Operator. These specialized tracks share a common core of General Education courses. The two Pilot specializations share a common core of general aviation courses. The Unmanned Aircraft Operator specialization allows many of the same general aviation courses but it has its own list of core required courses. Specialized flight labs for the two Pilot specializations involve simulators and various aircraft which are housed at the Cedar City Airport. Unmanned Aircraft Operator flight labs include flying a simulator and a variety of unmanned aircraft systems at various locations both on campus and off campus.

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Admission requirements

Associate of Applied Science General Education Requirement (15-18 Credits)

  • For an Associate of Applied Science degree, 15-18 credit hours are required in the following areas:
  • One course in the English core (ENGL 1010, ENGL 1010E, or ENGL 2010)
  • One course in the Quantitative Literacy (Mathematics) core
  • One course in American Institutions
  • One course from either the Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences Knowledge area (minimum of 3 credits)
  • One course from one of the remaining five Knowledge Areas (minimum of 3 credits)

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Program content

Required Aviation Core

  • Air Transportation
  • Aviation Orientation
  • Private Pilot Ground School
  • Instrument Ground School
  • Aircraft Systems
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • Commercial Ground School
  • Aerodynamics
  • Human Factors and Safety
  • CFI Ground School

Rotor-Wing Pilot Emphasis

  • Solo Pilot RW Lab
  • Private Pilot RW Certification
  • RW CFI Instrument Certification
  • 141 FW Initial CFI ASEL Lab

Select One of the Following Combinations

  • Instrument Commercial RW Lab A
  • Instrument Commercial RW Lab B
  • Instrument Commercial RW Lab A2
  • Instrument Commercial RW Lab B2

Rotor-Wing Electives

  • Aviation Tutor Lab 1
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 2
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 3
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 4
  • Aviation Tutor Lab 5
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems Basics
  • RW Reciprocating Transition Lab
  • Flight Management Systems
  • Aviation Safety and Security
  • Aviation Law
  • RW Turbine Transition Lab
  • RW Mountain Operations Lab
  • RW Utility Operations Lab
  • Night Vision Goggle RW Lab
  • Aviation Internship

Scholarships & funding

The Rotor Aviation Scholarship is a $20,000 award used only for Commercial training (lab 2276).

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition Fee for Solo Pilot 1st Semester: $14,800
  • Tuition Fee for Private Pilot Certification 2nd Semester: $16,018
  • Tuition Fee for Combined Instrument/Commercial l (Instrument/NVG) 3rd Semester: $23,725
  • Tuition Fee for Combined Instrument/Commercial ll (Manuever/Turbine) 4th Semester: $45,853
  • Tuition Fee for CFI 5th Semester: Flight:15: $8,178
  • Tuition Fee for CFII 5th Semester: Flight:15: $6,293


  • Students will demonstrate an increased recognition and respect for aviation safety between the time they join the program and the time they complete the program.
  • At conclusion of the program graduating students will demonstrate pilot skills and knowledge deemed critical by industry. Students will possess desirable attributes of professional pilots.
  • Students will show evidence that they have acquired skills or knowledge directly related to piloting aircraft within the first year of participation in the program.
  • Students will satisfy the FAA knowledge and skill requirements for Commercial Pilot Certification, Certified Flight Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor Instrument, and various endorsements in aircraft type and operation.

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Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University is a caring campus community where students come to explore their interests and prepare for meaningful careers and life experiences. With more than 145 undergraduate programs and 18 graduate and certificate programs across six academic colleges, SUU...

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Why study at Southern Utah University

We are known as the 'University of the Parks'. Go to our site, and search that term to see why. We have immediate access to 20 national parks and monuments from our location. Our programs are ranked extremely high in US News and World Reports in our class of school. As a regionally accredited public/state school, we have partnerships and access to a variety of big-time institutions and career opportunities all from a smaller US town in Southern Utah.

Contact info

Southern Utah University

351 W University Blvd
84720 Cedar City Utah
United States of America

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