K-State Salina
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401-8196
785-826-2640
800-248-5782

Academic Curriculum

The K-State helicopter pilot program is designed to enable students to achieve their Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, helicopter pilot certificates, along with their bachelor’s degree, in a safe and controlled environment with any adjustments necessary to compensate for a student’s own progress. 

If you are enrolled in a K-State aviation degree program, there are five separate flight labs and ground school courses approved by the FAA under CFR Part 141. Each rating must be completed with a passing grade for the ground courses and the completion of the pilot certificate for that specific rating before a student can move onto the next rating. 

Ground studies related to each rating are conducted as a normal credit hour course. K-State partner Universal Helicopters, or UHI, supplies the helicopter flight training for each rating as well as the ground instruction related to the helicopter-specific maneuvers and in preparation of the check ride. A check ride is the final test, which includes a flight and oral questioning given by the FAA or a Designated Pilot Examiner for each rating. 

Kansas State University Salina and Universal Helicopters want your flight training to be safe, productive and enjoyable. To this end, there are a number of regulations set out by the FAA and operating rules and safety policies, practices and procedures specified by K-State and UHI that students need to understand and comply with. All students are required to sign formal training agreements that will explain these details. 

Helicopter Pilot - Study Guide (pdf)

Program Resources:

Flight costs (pdf)