College & Community Relations

Aims Community College launches first degree-based helicopter program in state

Submitted on: 03-02-2007

With a final stamp of approval from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the Aims Helicopter program has taken off as the only degree-based helicopter pilot training program in the state. Working in partnership with Loveland-based Front Range Helicopters, the college now offers a 61-credit associate degree in the Professional Helicopter Pilot program. "What’s so unique about this program in Colorado is the fact that students can qualify for financial aid," said Aims Aviation Department Chair Gina West. "We’ve been getting a lot of interest from military personnel who can use their veteran benefits, too." Students train with pilot-instructors from Front Range Helicopters, navigating the course sequence that includes Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, and Certified Flight Instructor I and II. The course work is a mix of ground instruction, simulator training and flight time. "We are very excited about the program," said Don Griffith with Front Range Helicopters. "A lot of work went into getting this going. It’s a unique program with a lot of opportunities."

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