Mountain Ridge Helicopters’ main focus is to train students to the highest standard while evoking an undeniable passion for helicopter flight, thus preparing them for a rewarding lifelong career as a commercial helicopter pilot. We are committed to providing all of our students with the most comprehensive and cost effective training. We value our students and customers therefore we respect their finances, safety and progression. Mountain Ridge Helicopter’s Professional Helicopter Pilot Program is accredited through the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). This is a national accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. All of the flight and ground instruction provided by Mountain Ridge Helicopters is provided by FAA qualified instructors in a classroom setting, or one on one. The instruction is catered to the needs of the individual student by interactive learning, lecture, demonstration and performance exercises.

Certification Options

Private Pilot Certification Course

This is the basic rating required for all pilots. If you want to carry passengers, you must hold this certification. All other ratings in the program build off of this one. This certificate course is geared towards a person with no previous aviation experience.

Requirements
FAR Part 61 Requirements:
·Obtain an FAA Student Medical Certificate
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test- PRH
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Log 40 hours of flight time including 10 hours solo
·Ground Instruction to proficiency (about 30 hrs)

FAR Part 141 Requirements:
·Obtain an FAA Student Medical Certificate
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Log 35 hours of flight time including 5 hours solo
35 hours ground instruction

The times listed above are the minimum ground and flight training hours required by part 61 and 141 courses and may be increased as needed to attain pilot proficiency.

Commercial Pilot Certification

To be paid as a professional pilot, you must obtain this certificate. Although it means you can work as a pilot, most students continue their education through CFII in order to be more employable. Don’t be discouraged though, this certification represents a significant achievement. However, there are additional ratings you’ll want to get before seeking a career.

Requirements
FAR Part 61 Requirements:
·Complete the Private Pilot Certificate Course
·FAA (3 rd Class) Medical Certificate (2nd Class to act as Commercial Pilot)
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test- CRH
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Log 150 hours of total flight time (50 hours helicopter, 100 PIC)
·Ground Instruction to proficiency (about 30 hrs)

FAR Part 141 Requirements:
·Complete the Private Pilot Certificate Course
·FAA (3rd Class) Medical Certificate (2nd Class to act as Commercial Pilot)
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test- CRH
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Log 115 hours of Commercial Helicopter Training
·30 Hours of Ground Instruction

The times listed above are the minimum ground and flight training hours required by part 61 and 141 courses and may be increased as needed to attain pilot proficiency.

Instrument Rating Course

This rating will enable you to fly the aircraft referencing only the instrument panel, allowing you to safely navigate through clouds or other areas with limited visibility. In today’s job market, most employers require this rating.

Requirements
FAA Part 61 Requirements:
·Hold a Private Pilot Certificate
·Hold an FAA Medical Certificate
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test

Flight Instructor Certification

The CFI will enable you to teach other Private, Commercial, and eventually CFI students in the air and on the ground. Your first job out of flight school will probably be as an instructor, which is why we include this training in our curriculum.

Requirements
FAR Part 61 Requirements:
·Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate
·Hold an FAA Medical Certificate
·Pass the two separate FAA Written Knowledge Tests
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Obtain sufficient Dual CFI Instruction
·Proficiency typically requires 15 to 20 hours Flight Instruction
·Ground Instruction to proficiency (about 40 hrs)

FAR Part 141 Requirements:
·Hold a Commercial Pilot Certificate
·Hold an FAA Medical Certificate
·Pass the two separate FAA Written Knowledge Tests
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Obtain sufficient Dual CFI Instruction
·25 hours Flight Instruction
·40 hours Ground Instruction

The times listed above are the minimum ground and flight training hours required by part 61 and 141 courses and may be increased as needed to attain pilot proficiency.

Flight Instructor Instrument Certification

With this rating you’ll be able to teach instrument and CFII students. The rating adds depth to your skills and solidifies what you have learned as well as looking great on your resume. Many schools require this rating in order to be employed as an instructor.

Requirements
FAR Part 61 Requirements:
·Hold a Helicopter Commercial Pilot, Instrument Rating, and Certified Flight Instructor Rating
·Hold an FAA Medical Certificate
·Pass the FAA Written Knowledge Test
·Pass the FAA Practical Test (Oral & Flight Test)
·Obtain sufficient Dual CFI Instruction
Ground Instruction to proficiency (about 35 hrs)
·Proficiency typically requires 5 hours Flight Instruction (Helicopter)
·Proficiency typically requires 5 hours Flight Instruction (FTD)

The times listed above are the minimum ground and flight training hours required by part 61 courses and may be increased as needed to attain pilot proficiency.

Qualifications

Not everyone can qualify to be a helicopter pilot. Prior to training, you’ll need to meet the requirements below. If you see anything on the list that you think will be an issue, please let us know early on because there may be something we can do.

Requirements

Correctable vision to 20/20 (glasses, contacts, Lasik, ok)
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Weight below 220 lbs.*
Pass an FAA approved medical exam
At least 18 years old for Commercial Pilot License
*Mountain Ridge Recommended standard
Meeting the federal requirements for becoming a helicopter pilot does not guarantee you will be accepted into Mountain Ridge Helicopters flight school. Each student who graduates carries with them the reputation of Mountain Ridge. By carefully selecting our students we are able to maintain a high job placement rate.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. For more information about financial aid please contact Mountain Ridge Helicopters to set up an appointment.

Requirements for Admission

Students must be able to read, speak, and write the English language. The student must be 17 years of age prior to completion of the private pilot stage of training and 18 years of age prior to completion of the commercial stage of training. It should be noted that a 2nd class medical certificate must be obtained in order to exercise the privileges of a commercial pilot and a 1st class medical may be required for certain positions. We encourage all students to obtain a 1st or 2nd class from the beginning. A copy of the students medical is required for Admissions. In addition, a student must provide a valid photo I.D. and passport or birth certificate to meet TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requirements.

A student must submit a copy of a high school diploma, GED or High School Transcript certificate prior to admission in our Professional Helicopter Pilot Program CFII.

Application Process

To apply for admission in the Professional Helicopter Pilot Program CFII, applicants should contact Mountain Ridge Helicopters to request an Enrollment Application. The applicant should return the completed application, along with a copy of his / her high school diploma or GED. There is a $400.00 Enrollment Fee that must be paid at the time of admission. A three day cooling off period is set in place. From the date the student signs the application, he/she has three days to withdraw with full refund. After the three- business- day cooling off period prospective students will attend an entrance interview. The interview will consist of the getting to know the School Director, Director of Education and other school personnel, asking and answering questions and participating in setting goals for your training. Decisions about admissions will not be made by those who participate in the recruiting of new students.

Upon submission of an application and completion of an interview, eligible students will be admitted into the program. Once a student is admitted into the program, they will be given a tour of the facility and access to the Learning Resource Center.