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Mauna Loa Helicopters
Recognized By The Accrediting Commission
MAUNA LOA HELICOPTERS, Hawaii’s oldest Mauna Loa Helicopter’s accreditation and flight training quality, we are demon-
and largest helicopter training program, is the end result of a multi-year effort on strating our efforts to achieve maximum
has been recognized as an accredited in- the part of the school to adopt ACCSCT educational effectiveness for our students,”
stitution by the Accrediting Commission criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound says Fouts. “Accreditation provides
of Career Schools and Colleges of Tech- training and education program. The Mauna Loa students an assurance of qual-
nology (ACCSCT). Mauna Loa is one of process includes on-site evaluations as ity and establishes our eligibility for par-
only three helicopter flight schools nation- well as a comprehensive review of all aca- ticipation in federally funded programs.”
wide to earn accreditation status. demic and ancillary activities and re- Mauna Loa Helicopters, established in
“We are delighted with the Commis- sources of the school. The procedure is 1995, operates on three Hawaiian Islands:
sion’s recognition,” says Ben Fouts, pres- ongoing with monitoring of the institution Hawaii, Kauai and Oahu. The school fo-
ident of Mauna Loa Helicopters. “We throughout the period of accreditation. In cuses on career-minded pilots and pro-
learned a great deal through the accredita- addition, periodic reevaluation occurs to vides all rotorcraft ratings from Private
tion process and believe that this will ascertain whether continuation of the ac- through ATP (Airline Transport Pilot).
make us a stronger, better school.” creditation status is warranted. Mauna Mauna Loa Helicopters is approved by the
Accreditation ensures that education Loa Helicopters has met all of the ACC- Veteran’s Administration and is autho-
provided by institutions of higher educa- SCT’s requirements and has proven itself rized to issue M-1 visas for international
tion meets acceptable levels of quality. in the quality of its management, pro- students. In addition to 13 R-22s and
The practice of accreditation arose as a grams, procedures, faculty, facilities, fi- three R-44 helicopters, the school has a
means of conducting non-governmental, nances, and more. Cessna 172, a flight simulator, and two
peer evaluation of educational institutions. “By setting standards for our education FAA designated examiners on staff.

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