Rotor To Wings Transition

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The Rotor Transition Program is a transition training pathway to assist military and civilian pilots who possess a helicopter commercial license, with instrument privileges, to translate their skills into becoming airline pilots. This program is open to all helicopter pilots who have minimum total flight times of either 750 hours for military and 1500 hours for civilian. This rotor transition program training is designed to assist the transitioning helicopter pilot in bridging the gap from their current FAA ratings to obtain the required 250 hours of Pilot in Command (PIC) flight time and airplane commercial multi-engine and instrument ratings.
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Submit your information to AAAS Flight and see if you are a good fit for RTP training.

Military Pilots: If you are a military flight school graduate and have a rotor commercial license along with an instrument rating and 500 total flight hours, then we can transition you into fixed-wing professional flight in as little as 90 days.

Civilian Pilots: If you are a civilian helicopter pilot with 1,500 hours we can transition you into fixed-wing professional flight in as little as 90 days.

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We take care of everything - your customized training plan and the financing that gets your through it.

Customized Pathway: To address each candidate’s formal training requirements, refresher training needs, funding requirements, and logistical/administrative concerns.

Civilian Pilots: AAAS will develop a training schedule for each student that ensures FAA minimums, and based on historical data, ensures success as they transition from rotor to fixed-wing flying.

Financing: Once a training schedule is determined, students can work with our partners to finance training up to 100% of the rotor transition program.

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Get through your training and fly for the airlines in no time!

Training timeline: In as little as 90 days you can get through our flight training and go from being a helicopter pilot to a First Officer flying jets.

Airline Pathways: With the highest caliber training and consistent pilot output - you can trust us to get you through as much as our airline partners do.

Why Choose AAAS RTP Flight Training?

  • AAAS is led by former military pilots that understand the requirements for helicopter to fixed-wing training requirements.

  • Our unique RTP sites were built to specifically meet the needs of our students. We have large fleets in three separate locations for your convenience, and we're continuing to grow!

  • AAAS has multiple airline partners to choose from when transitioning to an airplane pilot that can provide paths to the major airlines. Combined with our financing plans, AAAS provides the tools necessary to complete your professional pilot training.

  • Our students have very high success rates when they report to their type certification training. Our expert staff of professionals, coupled with our Certified Flight Instructors, make certain that the training you receive is the best available anywhere.

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Frequent Questions

What is the cost of the program?

Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $30,000. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program. Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs to help them obtain a Fixed Wing Private Pilot's License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine License. Upon completion of your training with us, you might need to build fixed wing PIC hours at a flying club to meet the 250 hour requirement.

What are the program requirements?

A current or former U.S. military pilot is eligible to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate provided the pilot presents the following:

  • An official DD-214 indicating that person was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services.
  • An official armed services record that shows the person graduated from an undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualifying them as a military pilot.

In addition to providing the above, the pilot must also have the flight hours below:

  • 750 Total Time as a pilot
    • Not more than 100 hours of total time may be obtained in a full flight simulator or flight training device provided the flight training device represents an airplane and the flight time was accomplished in a Part 121, 135, 141, or 142 training course.
  • 250 PIC in an airplane, or as SIC performing the duties of PIC while under the supervision of the PIC in an airplane
  • 75 hours of total instrument time, in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • Applicant may not receive credit for more than 25 hours in a flight simulator or flight training device unless the course is an approved Part 142 flight training center, in which case, the applicant can receive credit for up to 50 hours.
  • 200 hours of Cross Country time
    • 100 hours must be as PIC.
  • 100 hours of night time
    • 25 hours must be as PIC.
    • A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time; however, not more than 25 hours of night may be credited using this method.
  • 50 hours of multi-engine
    • Up to 25 hours may be in full flight simulator representing a multi-engine airplane if the training was an approved training course under Part 121, 135, 141 or 142.
How do I Apply? When will I interview?

Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $30,000. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program.

Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs to help them obtain a Fixed Wing Private Pilot's License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine License. Upon completion of your training with us, you might need to build fixed wing PIC hours at a flying club to meet the 250 hour requirement.

What is the length of the flight training with AAAS in order to meet R-ATP Requirements?

Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate. The full course timeline is an estimated 10 weeks.

Where will training take place?

Fayetteville, NC (KFAY), Wilmington, NC (KILM), or Shallotte, NC (60J). Housing is not provided.

What type of Aircraft is used for training and time building?

Cessna 172
Cessna 150
Cirrus SR20
Piper PA28
Piper PA28R
Piper PA30
Flight Simulator

Do I need to have a FAA Pilot Certificate?

Yes, in order for AAAS to train you with the reduced hours, the FAA requires you to complete the FAA Military Competency Written exam if you do not already hold a FAA Certificate. The link below is the most common test prep used by military graduates and a step by step on how to get the certificates.<

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