TVCC Catalog


Aviation Technology: Helicopter - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Department:  Career and Technical Education 

Advisor:  Ron Hanks  (541) 881-5977          (Major Code: 2045)

Advising Worksheet

Program Overview

TVCC provides Private pilots training and works with Silverhawk Aviation for Instrument, Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor I and CFII for Instrument training. Silverhawk is an accredited FAA certified flight school. This degree provides training for employment as professional pilots in the helicopter industry. Upon successful completion, students will be able to seek work in the industry as qualified pilots at entry level helicopter jobs. This will provide graduates opportunities to progress in to more advanced and high paying helicopter jobs in the future. This degree is designed for students wishing to enter the workforce. It is not designed to transfer to a four-year institution, although some courses are transferable. Students who wish to transfer coursework are strongly encouraged to work closely with their TVCC advisor to develop a transfer plan and to identify and contact an advisor at their chosen transfer institution. A minimum of 91 credits and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 are needed to graduate. Note: Please meet with an advisor before choosing this program.


Learning Outcomes

  • Obtain Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) License
  • Obtain Certified Flight Instructor for Instrument (CFII) License
  • Obtain Commercial Helicopter Pilots License
  • Obtain Instrument Helicopter Pilots License
  • Obtain Private Helicopter Pilots License
  • Possess the ability for an External Load certificate and Turbine Transition certification


All career and technical education degrees and one-year certificates contain required courses in applied communication, computation and human relations. These courses are designed to support student competence and success in the workplace. Students must have appropriate test scores in writing and math to enter the related courses listed. Students who test below the required level will be required to take preparatory courses. A college advisor will assist students with selecting the appropriate preparatory course or course. Students must earn a grade of "C-" or better in each foundation skills course.

WR 101- Workplace Communications (or above) - 3 Credits

Oral Communications (one course):

SP 111 - Fundamentals of Speech - 3 Credits

MATH 63 - Technical Math I - 4 Credits

Human Relations:

PSYC 101 - Psychology of Human Relations  or  BA 204 - Teamwork Dynamics - 3 Credits


HDEV 112 - Freshman Seminar or AG 207 Agriculture Seminar - 1 Credit


 Year One:.

AV 101 - Intro. to Aviation                            (3 credits)
AV 121 - Risk Management                                     (3 credits)
AV 120 - Intro. to Aviation Safety Manage.  (4 credits)
AV 229 - Helicopter Flight Lab                                 (1 credit)
AV 115 - Private Pilot Ground- Helicopter    (3 credits)
AV 123 - Avn. Business & Legal Aspects                (3 credits)
AV 116 - Private Pilot Ground - Helicopter   (2 credits)
AV 231 - Helicopter Flight Lab, Instrument              (1 credit) 
AV 227 - Helicopter Flight Lab- Private        (1 credit)
 AV 104 - Intro to Aircraft Systems                           (3 credits)
AV 228 - Helicopter Flight Lab- Private        (1 credit)
 AV 208 - Meteorology II, Weather Decision Making (4 credits)
CS 120 - Computer Concepts -                    (4 credits)
AV 122 - Quality Assurance (ASMS)            (3 credits)
GSCI 109 - General Science Meteorology   (4 credits)
AV 215 - Instrument Helicopter Ground        (3 credits)
AV 216 - Adv. Instrument Helicopter Grnd.   (2 credits)
AV 230 - Helicopter Flight Lab, Instrument   (1 credit)

Year Two:

HPE 120 - CPR/First Aid                                    (2 credits)
AV 124 - Aviation Human Factors             (3 credits)
BA 101 - Intro to Business                                  (4 credits)
NATR 112 - Global Positioning System     (2 credits)
AV 255 - Certified Flight Instructor                     (3 credits)
AV 225 - Comm. Pilot Ground, Helicopter (4 credits) 
AV 290 - Aviation Capstone                                (3 credits)
AV 232 -Helicopter Flight Lab, Commercial (1 credit)
AV 282 - Helicopter Flight Lab, CFI                     (1 credit)
AV 233 -Helicopter Flight Lab, Commercial (1 credit) 
AV 283 - Helicopter Flight Lab, CFI                     (1 credit)
AV 237 -Helicopter Flight Lab, Commercial (1 credit)
AV 284 - Helicopter Flight Lab, CFI I                    (1 credit)
AV 245 - Advanced Helicopter Operations (3 credit)
AV 285 - Helicopter Flight Lab, CFII                     (1 credit)
Total : 91 Credits
AV 125 - Intro. to Avn. Accident Investigation     

Helpful Contacts

  • Advising: 541.881.5815
  • Admissions: 541.881.5811
  • Financial Aid: 541.881.5833
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