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resources, acquisition strategies (buy or lease), best practices, systems installed, safety, and management structure must be analyzed and included in the proposal.


In addition to devel-


oping the written feasibility plan, the students must conduct a formal presentation to their leadership. The plan must be complete, comprehensive and sold to the CEO (Instructor and invited industry guests). This capstone course allows the stu- dent to combine all their academic education and flight train- ing into a real world scenario that incorporates all aspects of a typical commercial helicopter operation. It is no wonder that it was just reported that Embry-Riddle


Student Patrick Gault presents an assessment of the MD-902


and Municipal Law Enforcement. Emphasis is placed on developing a safe and competent pilot who is adequately pre- pared for flight operations in these areas, and can assume the duties of any managerial position. The students receive train- ing in standard operating, safety and training procedures, air- craft selection, operating and capital budgets, aircraft purchas- ing and leasing agreements, and an understanding of mainte- nance requirements to include maintenance tracking, spare parts inventory, and record keeping. At the beginning of the course, students choose one of six


case studies for which they develop a formal business feasibil- ity plan. They must prove that the case study is viable and can succeed.


Everything from aircraft selection, financial


graduates starting salaries are among highest in the nation according to payscale.com, an industry authority. It is safe to say that this curriculum helps achieve that distinction.


STUDENTS I wanted to get the students perspective of Embry-Riddle


so I arrange to spend some time with Cody Hart a senior and part-time CFI/II and Celeste Hadley, a sophomore and Private/Instrument helicopter private pilot working on her Commercial License. Both are enrolled in the Bachelors of Aeronautical Science Degree Program with a specialty in Helicopters. The goal for both Celeste and Cody interestingly was the same; to go to work for CAL-FIRE. Talk about focused; Celeste is only 19 years old!


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