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Flight Instructor

The Flight Instructor Pilot program is a two-year, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program. This outstanding education and training program opportunity is made possible by a contract between Dodge City Community College (DC3) and Universal Helicopters, Inc. (UHI) with one exception: the Private Pilot Certification flight course is an “in-house” DC3 course taught by DC3 adjunct flight instructors and the equipment is leased from UHI. All other flight courses are taught by UHI flight instructors. In addition to ground training and flight training certification in Private Pilot, Instrument Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor Pilot, Flight Instructor Instrument Pilot, Night Vision Goggles, and Turbine Transition, general education courses in basic computer skills, basic math skills, oral and written communication skills, aviation weather, survival, first aid, aviation geography, and education and training theory round out the degree program to produce a safe, dependable, highly-desirable, commercial rotorcraft pilot who also holds both Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor Ratings.

The career pathway to employment as a commercial helicopter pilot includes: Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Pilot Certificate, Commercial Pilot Certificate, Certified Flight Instructor Certificate, and Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Certificate. Industry demands prompted the addition of the Turbine Transition and Night Vision Goggles short courses a few years ago. Qualified graduates become certified flight instructor employees of UHI until they have completed at minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours as pilot in command. Once the minimum hours are completed, qualified pilots may elect to continue a career in flight instruction or be placed with one of our industry partner that recruit directly from UHI/DC3. Because of the exceptional reputation that UHI enjoys in the aviation industry, prospective employers come to UHI first to hire qualified commercial pilots. After more than eight (8) years of operations, DC3/UHI have no unemployed graduates and 100% placement in the commercial pilot industry.

The DC3/UHI Flight Instructor Pilot AAS program has the very best safety record in the rotorcraft industry; more than a 10 year crash-free span of operations and more than 30,000 training hours last year alone. You will learn to perform as a great employee and experience an accident free career in aviation.

A Pilot Training Kit is required of all students: it contains everything you need to get started. A Supplemental Safety Kit includes a fee for the Universal Helicopters/DC3 Safety Course and is required of all students once at the commercial flight level.

DC3/UHI utilizes the world renowned Robinson R-22, Robinson R-44, Robinson R66 and a Bell 206 Jet Ranger. Flight students do not choose the aircraft in which to train. Aircraft determination is based on the height and weight of each flight student and course content. Safety is of utmost importance, always! Flight students must be able to safely operate the aircraft controls and not have operational control hindered by weight, girth, or height. Flight students will be assigned to the appropriate aircraft depending on weight, height, girth, and type of certification training course content. For example, all flight students will perform instrument training and Instrument Instructor training in the Robinson R-44 which is specially equipped for instrument training.

DC3 Formal Conduct Review Boards must be composed of both DC3 and UHI personnel when reviewing alleged code of conduct violations or academic performance of aviation students. The final disposition of the cases of aviation students must be agreed upon by both DC3 and UHI representatives. If agreement cannot be reached by the Formal Conduct Review Board, the case will be referred to the DC3 Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer for resolution.

Aviation students must SOLO during their first sixty-five [65] hours of flight time. Aviation students who fail to SOLO at or before (65) hours will be terminated as a flight student for not demonstrating adequate progress toward becoming a professional pilot. The remaining pilot certification courses: Instrument, Commercial, Flight Instructor, and Flight Instructor Instrument, may be attempted no more than twice each. Failure to successfully complete each of the certification courses listed above in the second attempt will result in termination for not demonstrating adequate progress toward becoming a professional pilot.

At the discretion of the college, flight instructor, general education instructor, UHI Director, or Vice President of Aerospace Programs, an aviation student may be suspended at any time during any course for failure to demonstrate adequate progress toward becoming a professional pilot, pending the DC3 formal hearing process.

Course Requirements

Find your plan of study in the 2017-18 Course Catalog.

Degrees Available

  • Associate of Applied Science

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