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Universal Helicopters and its President Gordon Jiroux have helped set the standards in the helicopter flight training industry by providing Good People,
Great Employees and Quality Pilots that follow all required Policies, Practices and Procedures to the Helicopter Industry. UHI has always kept its graduates in
high demand by keeping its Training Standards and Hiring Requirements at the highest level and by keeping up to date with the changes within the helicopter industry
brought on by the recent changes in the world economic and financial climate. Additionally, UHI keeps its eye on the availability of student loans as well as the
changes in veteran benefits offered by the Veterans Administration (VA) to its veterans. These are difficult times and all things must be considered when determining
how a student should proceed to reach their ultimate goal of becoming a desirable helicopter pilot.
Two significant changes that have affected all new and future helicopter pilots are the lack of Alternative Student Loans and the changes in the Veterans
Administrations Post 9/11 G.I. Bill that became available to qualified veterans in 2009.
- It is nearly impossible to obtain the funds (through conventional loans) to pay for all of the helicopter ratings required to become a professional pilot without attending an Institution of Higher Learning.(College)
- The new Post 9/11 G.I. Bill requires that all Veterans wanting to use this benefit for their Flight Training and wanting to receive the maximum benefits from their G.I. Bill will need to attend an Institution of Higher Learning (College).
For this reason a majority of future resumes presented to the helicopter industry HR personnel will include at least a 2 year degree.
As the Helicopter Training industry continues to move on its current path, it is Universal Helicopters’ opinion that like the airline industry, the helicopter
industry is moving towards requiring a 4 year degree when looking to fill new pilot positions. UHI has always advocated that UHI helicopter students get their
degree to give them the strongest resumes in the hiring process. Your resume gives your potential employer their first impression of you and it is their only way
of determining who they will ask to come to their location for an interview.
Today there are a significant number of veterans enrolled in Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) four year BS degree programs. The recent Articulation
Agreement** between ERAU and Dodge City Community College (DC3) allows a 2 year graduate of DC3’S Helicopter Flight Instructor Degree Program to transfer directly
into ERAU’s BS Degree Program.
Dodge City Community College’s 2 year Flight Instructor Program is available in their Dodge City, Kansas location, also at our Provo Utah, Prescott AZ and Scottsdale AZ campus locations.
With the new programs offered by the VA, the lack of Alternative Student Loans and the new agreement between these two Universities, it is understandable that
Universal Helicopters has been advocating that UHI students obtain a 4 year degree.
**Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions and provide a simplified, guaranteed
transfer process for transfer students.” They outline specific courses and letter grades completed at the community college that will transfer to the university.
Universal Helicopters CFI and CFII hiring standards have always been at the highest level and these hiring standards are directly related to the quality of the
training given at UHI. These higher standards are implemented within UHI’s Continual Education and Training Program (CETP) by requiring it’s instructors to continue
their education to obtain their 4 year degree and by UHI’s monthly training and testing of its instructors to determine that their aviation knowledge and dedication
to their profession is at the highest level.
Because of UHI’s high standards, it’s been said that getting an Instructor position at UHI is easier than keeping that position. The benefit of UHI’S strict
instructor and hiring practices, is that Universal Helicopters graduates are sought after year after year throughout the helicopter industry.
UHI recently had five instructors who reached the minimum industry requirements for flying single engine light turbine helicopters. All went to Alaska at the same time
to fulfill their dreams. In an unprecedented move four of the five went to one company. Hiring these four UHI graduates equaled 25% of the new hires for that company,
for that season. It is hiring success stories like this that gives UHI the knowledge they are requiring and providing what the helicopter industry is looking for.
Over the last six years with the world economy in recession and now in various stages of recovery, Universal Helicopters has hired nearly all of its
CFII graduates as flight instructors and all of the UHI graduates that reached 1000 hours Pilot-in-Command time over the same time period have moved
on to fly turbine helicopters or have entered the UHI management program.
Universal Helicopters has added this page to its website of their “10 Hiring Practices.” UHI is hopeful that publishing these hiring requirements will help insure
that future UHI and non-UHI graduates will enjoy the same level of success that Universal Helicopter current and past graduates have…
THIS PAGE OUTLINES THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR AN EXISTING UHI STUDENT OR A NON-UHI STUDENT WANTING TO ENTER INTO OUR HIRING POOL
- MUST HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST THE CFI AND CFII WITH UHI.
- MUST BE A COMMERCIAL PILOT ROTORCRAFT- HELICOPTER WITH AN INSTRUMENT RATING AND A CFII
- MUST HAVE A VALID CURRENT FAA MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
- MUST HAVE AT LEAST 200 HOURS HELICOPTER TIME NOT INCLUDING SIMULATOR TIME
- MUST HAVE AT LEAST 50 HOURS IN THE R22 AND R44
- MUST HAVE HAD NO REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS OR INCIDENTS WHETHER ATTACHED TO YOUR PILOT CERTIFICATES OR NOT
- MUST HAVE AT LEAST A 2 YEAR DEGREE OR BE ENROLLED AT A UNIVERSITY AND HAVE AT LEAST 50 CREDIT HOURS TOWARDS A 4 YEAR DEGREE.
- IF YOU HAVE AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP WORKING TOWARDS COMPLETETING YOUR 4 YEAR DEGREE WHILE EMPLOYEED AS A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR WITH UHI.
WE BELIEVE THAT COMPLETING YOUR 4 YEAR DEGREE WILL HELP ENSURE THAT YOUR RESUME WILL STAND OUT AMOUNG APPLICANTS WHEN YOU APPLY FOR POSTIONS THROUGHOUT YOUR AVIATION
- MUST HAVE NO CURRENT OR PENDING DUI/DWI CHARGES AGAINST YOU
- IF NOT A US CITIZEN, MUST HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE USA WHICH WILL BE VERIFIED UNDER THE E-VERIFY PROGRAM.
- BEFORE BEING OFFERED A POSITION WITH UHI, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT TO A UHI ARRANGED DRUG/ALCOHOL TEST AS WELL AS GIVING UHI YOUR AUTHORIZATION TO DO A BACK GROUND CHECK WHICH MAY INCLUDE CONTACTING PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS AND FLIGHT SCHOOLS.
Last Updated 5/9/16