Here’s the skinny: The FAA allows flight schools like Mountain Ridge to train pilots under two sections (or Parts) of the Federal Aviation Regulations, or FARs. Part 61 is all about the Certification of Airmen. Under this Part, students have a lot of flexibility in their training and there is not a lot of regulation on the flight school. Part 141, on the other hand, is much more regulated, there is more documentation and both the school and the student are held to a higher standard. Employers are interested in the overall reputation of the school where you did your training and we have an obligation to our students to make sure that we are doing all of your training to the highest standard available. Mountain Ridge Helicopters is a Part 141 flight school offering certificates in Private, Commercial and Flight Instructor. We also train in all ratings and certificates under Part 61. Part 141 is a guarantee that a school meets high government standards. Whether you end up choosing a Part 61 course or Part 141, all students are trained to the highest standard set forth by the FAA.


We want to make your education worth it! On average, two out of three Mountain Ridge graduates find a job immediately after completing the program. We do everything we can; resume writing assistance, utilizing existing contacts, job shadowing and more.





"Mountain Ridge is a great place to learn to fly helicopters. The location is superb due to the fact that new pilots can learn to fly in the mountains and experience high DA’s, which is crucial in becoming a professional pilot. The instructors there are always prepared before class and are very knowledgeable about flying techniques. From personal experience I remember my flight instructor always pushed me to become better in landing in complex areas, by doing so he truly showed me the capability of the helicopter. I am currently an Ag Pilot were I am continually grateful for the learning experience I had with Mountain Ridge. Still to this day I believe I am where I am because Mountain Ridge gave me the tools to succeed."
Tyler Jensen Mountain Ridge Graduate -
"I participated in the Professional Pilot Program at MRH - Private Pilot through CFII. My experience was overwhelmingly positive. I had engaged instructors who truly cared about my success as a pilot instead of focusing on the hours they needed for the next step in their career. The staff aided me with financing options and helped me keep on top of my budget. The helicopters were maintained by in-house mechanics. I could point out items on the preflight that were immediately addressed by the nearest A&P. My success as CFI/tour pilot in New York City speaks to the professionalism and dedication of Mountain Ridge Helicopters. Highly recommended!"
Christi Brown Mountain Ridge Graduate -
“I owe my success in making it in the helicopter industry to the great training I received at Mountain Ridge. The owners have established a high quality program with great instructors and they really do care about the success and skill of each student. They provided for me and still do provide great training facilities, the highest quality training program and awesome instructors. In addition to their quality training, the areas in which they fly are very valuable to what you will experience in the helicopter industry. I now fly a three million dollar turbine everyday, landing in a confined area in the bottom of the Grand Canyon and love it!. Mountain Ridge has helped me get where I am today!”
Brett Reeder Mountain Ridge Graduate -
“I enjoy seeing my students faces when they are discussing the helicopters and are around them...besides, you be hard pressed to have a bad day while flying a helicopter.”
Nate Gnehm Flight Instructor and Mountain Ridge Graduate -


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