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FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Prescott 500 acre Embry-Riddle campus including


the Academic Building, sometimes referred to as the Starship Enterprise Building is beautiful. It was easy to see why crowds were drawn immediately to the display helicop- ters. Embry-Riddle has a number of aviation supporters that include: Papillion/Grand Canyon Helicopters, MD Helicopters, Night Flight Concepts, and a local flight school, Universal Helicopters that acts as the flight training arm for the Professional Helicopter Program.


EMBRY-RIDDLE’S HELICOPTER PROGRAM Assistant Professor Bryan Cox works within Embry-


Riddle’s Department of Aeronautical Science. He teaches Advanced Helicopter academic courses as well as other courses including Turbine Engines. He is a retired Army Guard helicopter instructor pilot with additional experience in Part 135 Fixed Wing operations. The helicopter program at Embry-Riddle started about five years ago and has now grown into a full scale program that offers students a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautical Science with a specialty in Helicopters. You immediately sense the passion he has for the program, for he spent the better part of an hour enthusiastically briefing HAI’s Director of Safety, Stan Rose


Embry-Riddles Aviation Classroom


and myself on its attributes. The Embry-Riddle helicopter program falls within the


College of Aviation and was developed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become profes- sional helicopter pilots. By the end of their junior year at Embry-Riddle most students will have obtained a Commercial Certificate and CFII rating. Once students reach the commercial level of flight training, they meet pre- requisites for the four Advanced Courses within the Helicopter Specialty Program. The Advanced Courses are the real differentiator when it comes to training programs in


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