Rotor Transition Curriculum: A Closer Look
Examining AeroGuard’s Rotor Transition Program curriculum in greater detail.
Rotor Transition Program Overview
AeroGuard’s Rotor Transition Program has been built around taking fully rated helicopter pilots and getting them ready for a career as a fixed wing commercial pilot in as little as 4 months. The program is focused on getting you everything you need to obtain an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certificate in the category and class of Airplane Multi-Engine land, which is as follows:
- Commercial pilot certificate in airplane multi-engine land with instrument rating
- 250 total hours of airplane PIC time
- 50 hours in airplane multi-engine land aircraft of which up to 25 hours can be completed at the airlines
AeroGuard’s Rotor Transition Program is specifically designed to build on a helicopter pilot’s knowledge and experience, and get them to the commercial airlines as quickly and safely as possible to maximize their career earning potential.
To do this, our curriculum is organized differently than you might find at other flight schools, but in our experience it’s the most reliable way to transition and prepare a student for a career as a commercial, fixed wing pilot.
Time Building to ATP Requirements
In addition to having the Commercial Pilot License in Multi-Engine Airplane Land with Instrument Rating, to be eligible for the commercial airlines and gain their ATP certificate, students will also require 250 hours of fixed-wing PIC time. This requirement is an FAA minimum, however, and as students are evaluating their options, they would consider the best way to stand out in the hiring process at their future airline. There are several ways AeroGuard students can get this time;
- Graduated students with their CPLME can work for other commercial operations prior to the airlines, such as charter operations and 135 carriers.
- Students can buy or rent a plane, perhaps sharing time with another pilot
- Students can complete their CFI and train students – Recommended
The CFI route is recommended for students to not only meet the FAA minimum requirement, but also stand out in the hiring process. By training others to learn how to fly, you are able to prove that you not only made the transition from helicopter to fixed wing, but that you mastered the skill to the point that you can train others, setting you up for a successful career going forward.
Success in the Rotor Transition Program
AeroGuard’s Rotor Transition Program is geared to help students begin a successful career with the airlines. Throughout the program, you will gain the knowledge and skill necessary to transition to fixed wing, completing the PPL, IR and CPLME ratings with stage checks to ensure you’re prepared to not only the FAA standard, but the AeroGuard standard.
At AeroGuard, we provide students with the resources they need for their own mastery of the knowledge imparted throughout the program. Though the Rotor Transition Program is built on a 3-month track, you will complete the program with the progression of your own skills. This timeline can also vary depending on other factors, such as plane maintenance and weather.
To learn more about the Rotor Transition Program, please fill out the form below to be connected with an Enrollment Advisor.