Commercial Pilot Helicopter Concentration (6164H)
NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS SUSPENDED AND NO LONGER ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS. (In May 2015
this program changed from FAA CFR 61 to 141. In January, 2016 the Florida Department
of Veteran Affairs State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training ruled
that private pilot training included in this program would continue to be listed in
the program but the courses were to be discontinued and students will no longer be
allowed to enroll or continue in the affected courses by the established deadline
of August 16, 2016. All students currently in the Aeronautical Science degree programs
must maintain continuous enrollment in he program during fall and spring semesters
to maintain continued VA eligibility in the program.)
ADDENDUM June 14, 2016
Program revision effective July 31, 2016 per Veterans Administration (VA) IHL Advisory requiring all AS Degree programs in Aeronautical Science with VA funded students remove Private Pilot courses contracted with a third party pilot school from the degree course listing by August 1, 2016.
Type of Award
CCC - College Credit Certificate
This program is designed to train the student for a career as a professional pilot. Upon completion of this program, the student will possess an FAA Commercial Rotorcraft Helicopter Land license. As of May, 2015, Veteran's Administration education benefits are not authorized for this program.
Students enrolled in this program must comply strictly with the Federal Aviation Administration requirements for flight and ground instruction under 14 CFR 141. All flight time must be logged and certified by an FAA certified flight instructor. Each FAA license and/or rating requires passing an FAA knowledge test and FAA practical test. The courses taught at Palm Beach State will prepare the student for these tests; however, the FAA license or rating is not required to complete the courses. It is the students' responsibility to schedule and successfully complete the FAA checkride on their own in order to meet the prerequisite of the next class.
For a list of flight schools that are currently affiliated with Palm Beach State for flight training, please go to
To be admitted into this program, the student must:
- Have a standard high school diploma or GED;
- Complete an online Application for Admission, located at (www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/Admissions-Applications.aspx).
- Attend a regularly scheduled flight training orientation session. At the session the student must be prepared to present the following documents:
- Have a panthercard (Palm Beach State student ID)
- Proof of citizenship documents or Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approval prior to beginning any flight training. For non-US citizens, the TSA approval process could take as long as two months to complete. For more information see the following website, www.flightschoolcandidates.gov
- Have a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd class FAA medical from an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) before beginning any flight training. The FAA medical certificate must be presented to the aviation program manager before flight training can be initiated. All current AMEs can be found at http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator.
- The student show proof of having a Private Pilot's license to enroll.
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.
This program can be finished in two major semesters.
This program is offered at the Lake Worth campus and local airports.
For More Information
Judy Maxwell, maxwelja@PalmBeachState.edu, (561) 868-3474
Students who successfully complete this program are qualified to fly as a professional pilot. However, most major airlines, charter companies and private aircraft owners require more experience. Graduates of this program should continue to get the Associate of Science Degree that will include all FAA Flight Instructor licenses. Once these licenses are successfully attained, then the student can build flight experience required for these major flying careers.
For more information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other related information,
Career Path Notes
Palm Beach State currently has an articulation or transfer agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University which will allow the student who successfully completes the A.S. degree in Aeronautical Science to transfer the credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautical and Technical Management
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