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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Helicopter Aviation, AAS

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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science - Helicopter Aviation program strives to provide an effective learning environment that will prepare students for certification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot with an Instrument rating and Certificated Flight Instructor with Instrument Rating.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students with the technical, non-technical and operational knowledge, skills and attitudes to perform as safe and effective professional aviators in a competitive global aviation industry. 
  • Emphasize the development of leadership, high order and critical thinking skills, judgment, maturity and resource management in both single pilot and multi-crew environments.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science - Helicopter Aviation, students will be able to do the following:

  • Communicate understanding and demonstrate knowledge of the required Tasks outlined in the Practical Test Standards.
  • Prepare a flight plan, execute preflight actions, and conduct VFR or IFR flight maneuvers based on the required Tasks to be performed outlined in the Practical Test Standards.
  • Access FAA approved sources to collect and communicate all pertinent information concerning the flight in order to act as Pilot in Command, exercising and evaluating the student’s Aeronautical Decision Making in preparation of a graded training event.
  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance on an FAA written exam on their first attempt, within the given exam’s time limit.

Program Cycle

New Iberia  Fall and Spring

Applying for the Program

Applicants must read and complete the packet for our Helicopter Aviation Program.

Specific Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Helicopter Aviation from South Louisiana Community College must:

  • Complete application packet to the program by stated due date - admission to the program is competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
  • Obtain and maintain at least a Second Class FAA Medical Certificate.
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.
  • A selective admission process is used to select candidates for enrollment in the program. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling into upper-level courses and continuing in the program. The Helicopter Aviation certification process consists of a Knowledge Test and Practical Test required at each level of certification. Practical Tests are administered by an FAA Aviation Safety Inspector or Designated Pilot Examiner. Upon successful completion of the Knowledge and Practical Tests, as well as the General Education Requirements, the graduate is awarded the Associate of Applied Science.

Total Credit Hours: 62

Degree Plan - Fall Start

AAS: Helicopter Aviation Total Credits: 62

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses.


Degree Plan - Spring Start

AAS: Helicopter Aviation Total Credits: 62

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses.

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