flight instructor

hiring requirements


flight instructor
hiring requirements

To Current & Future UHI Students

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.

Being successful in aviation requires maintaining an accident free career, without any violations to include alcohol and narcotics.

Why a 2 or 4 year college degree should be in your training plans

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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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.

highest standards

The highest standards will
always produce the best returns.

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 encouraging it’s instructors to continue their education to obtain their 2 or 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.

work hard & fly safe

minimum requirements

UHI is hopeful that publishing these hiring requirements will help insure that future UHI graduates will enjoy the same level of success that Universal Helicopter current and past graduates have. Below are mandatory requirements.


  • 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 no current or pending DUI/DWI charges against you.
  • We encourage you to keep working towards completing your 2 or 4  year degree while employed as a flight instructor with UHI.
    We believe that completing your degree will help ensure that your resume will stand out among applicants when you apply for positions throughout your aviation career.
  • If not a US Citizen, must have a 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 background check which may include contacting previous employers and flight schools.