Professional Pilot Program – Helicopter
All US Aviation’s helicopter (rotor wing) training is currently being conducted within Tarrant County College’s Professional Pilot Program. TCC’s associates in Professional Piloting earns students’ their Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI/CFII helicopter or airplane licenses and rating. You can apply to TCC as an international student using an F-1 visa. This admission process is laid out at the bottom of the page.
Private Helicopter Pilot
This is your flying foundation. All licenses and ratings past this point are adding to the skills and knowledge you gain during your private course. You can expect one-on-one training with your instructor and development of your communication, decision-making, critical thinking, and motor skills.
An instrument rating will make you a safer helicopter pilot by providing you with flight experience that solely references the instruments instead of outside visual cues. This is a skill that takes lots of practice and allows you to navigate in the clouds (also-known-as flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions or IMC). Although this rating is not a requirement for your aviation career, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to be hired somewhere without it. Generally, this rating is accomplished after private and before commercial in order to build time for the commercial license.
Commercial Helicopter Pilot
In order to turn your dream of flying into a career, you will need your commercial license. Obtaining this certificate will allow you to fly for hire. But first you must demonstrate not only the ability to fly, but also expertise to fly others safely. Commercial pilots are held to a much higher standard both intellectually and in their aviation skill. During this training you will get to experience landings to roof-top helipads, operations in complex airspace, and simulated commercial flights that you will have to plan from start to finish.
Every pilot’s impression of flight is shaped by his or her first flight instructor. As a certified flight instructor, it is your responsibility to equip your students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make them safe and efficient pilots and guide their development into professional aviators. Our CFI/CFII programs arm you with the fundamentals of instruction necessary to give your students the best training experience possible.
Ready to get started?
1. Prepare Documents
- High school transcripts
- Test scores: TOEFL or IELTS required for International Students (IELTS 6.5 or or TOEFL 650 recommended)
- Citizenship info (passport)
- F-1 Visa required for International Students
2. Apply online to TCC
- International Student Application: http://www.tccd.edu/admission/how-to-apply/international/apply-to-tcc/first-time/
- Application Form, Financial Capability, English Ability (TOEFL, IELTS), Vaccinations, and F-1 Visa Applications
3. Attend a Professional Pilot Orientation
- Learn about the daily time requirements
- Understand the commitment required
- Tour TCC’s Northwest Campus
- Register for classes
4. Start Flying!
- Complete required tuition and lab fee payments
- Get FAA First or Second class medical
- Contact the TCC Registrar at 817-515-4734 or
- Contact TCC Aviation at 817-515-7100