Rotary Transition Program – RTP

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  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Age 16 to fly solo; age 17 to earn Private Pilot Certificate; and age 18 to earn Commercial Pilot Certificate
  • Current government-issued photo ID
  • Birth certificate or current passport
  • Current First Class FAA Medical Certificate
  • Hold a Rotorcraft Private/Commercial Certificate with Instrument Rating


In this certificate program, the student will receive training in the maneuvers and procedures necessary for them to meet the guidelines contained in the FAA Commercial Pilot Standards for an airplane. Additionally, the student will receive training in safety awareness, single-pilot resource management and aeronautical decision-making. Upon graduation from this program, the student will have gained the aeronautical experience necessary to apply for an FAA Commercial Pilot’s Certificate – (category and class) with Instrument Rating.


Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  • Fly single and multi engine airplane
  • Conduct flights with passengers or cargo for compensation or hire
  • Understand aviation meteorological charts and a symbology associated with safe flight in visual and instrument flight
  • Apply principles of aviation crew resource management
  • Think critically as a professional pilot in the aviation industry
  • Use basic computer applications


Potential entry level job titles include but are not limited to: Part 135 aircraft charter, corporate flight department, flight instructor, aerial photography, surveying, military aviation, bush pilot/remote re-supply, medical evacuation, firefighting and spotting, Federal and State Government positions, drug enforcement, pipeline and transmission line patrol, and airplane sales/demonstration. Occupations are based on flight hours set by the company. The FAA has set minimum flight hours hiring requirements for Part 121 airlines.


The average length of time for a student taking a full course load is 12-18 months. The enrollment agreement lists the students start date. (quarter system beginning on 1st of the month and ending on the last day of the quarter (ex: 04/01/2019 to 06/30/2019).


The FAA sets the enrollment requirements, skills required and graduation standards for pilot certificates and ratings. They are published in the FAR/AIM and Airman Certification Standards (ACS) book(s). The ACS has additional references. In addition, the FAA sets the standards for the medical certificates. The FAA holds the right to refuse anyone a pilot certificate(s)/rating(s) and/or medical certificate. Occupational opportunities may be reduced for a criminal record, drug/alcohol offenses and/or low flight time. Commercial pilot jobs require a first or second class medical.


The FAA sets the course curriculum and standards for certificates and ratings. The FAA makes no exceptions for not meeting the standards. Per the FAA regulations, the student must complete the required lessons and successfully pass all knowledge exams, stage checks, oral exams, and practical exams. All academic courses within a program are graded in accordance to the “Grading & Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy” published in the most current Academic Catalog. Graduation credit hours are 55.0.


  • Graduation Certificate: Rotary Transition Program
  • FAA Commercial Pilot Certificates with Instrument Rating (single and multi engine airplane).




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