Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
AVS 216
Course Title:
Helicopter Advanced Commercial
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Course Description

Continues the Commercial Pilot Rotorcraft Helicopter training activities. Includes review of previous items learned as well as advanced commercial maneuvers. Includes training focused on specialty commercial operations appropriate to the desired career. Provides flight and ground training to qualify to take the FAA knowledge and practical Helicopter Commercial Pilot tests. Flight training fees apply and cover a specific amount of training; Additional funding may be required. Prerequisites: AVS 156. Corequisites: AVS 207.

Addendum to Course Description

This course covers the remainder of the Commercial Training Course Outline.

A specific number of hours of training are required to meet the outcomes for this course, and will be provided by PCC's contracted flight training provider under PCC supervision.  Outcomes will be assessed by written, oral and practical (flight) tests. Flight training fees for this class are based on these hours. If the outcomes for this course are met in fewer hours then listed here, unused flight training fees will be returned to the student or funding provider, as appropriate. Flight hours, rates, and total flight fees are located on the department web site at www.pcc.edu/fly

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Qualify to take the Commercial Helicopter FAA knowledge and practical tests; 
  2. Exercise good judgment and make safe decisions as a Commercial Pilot in both VFR and IFR operations, drawing on a broad range of experience gained in the training scenarios; 
  3. Take responsibility for all preflight and inflight duties as Pilot In Command for commercial operations.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing. Evaluation levels will meet or exceed those defined by FAA-S-8081-16B  (or subsequent edition) Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards, and required under 14 CFR 141, FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Part 141 Appendix D requires ground training the following subject areas:

(1) Federal Aviation Regulations that apply to commercial pilot privileges, limitations, and flight operations;

(2) Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board;

(3) Basic aerodynamics and the principles of flight;

(4) Meteorology, to include recognition of critical weather situations, windshear recognition and avoidance, and the use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

(5) Safe and efficient operation of aircraft;

(6) Weight and balance computations;

(7) Use of performance charts;

(8) Significance and effects of exceeding aircraft performance limitations;

(9) Use of aeronautical charts and a magnetic compass for pilotage and dead reckoning;

(10) Use of air navigation facilities;

(11) Aeronautical decision making and judgment;

(12) Principles and functions of aircraft systems;

(13) Maneuvers, procedures, and emergency operations appropriate to the aircraft;

(14) Night and high-altitude operations;

(15) Descriptions of and procedures for operating within the National Airspace System.

Part 141 Appendix D requires flight training the following subject areas:

(i) Preflight preparation;

(ii) Preflight procedures;

(iii) Airport and heliport operations;

(iv) Hovering maneuvers;

(v) Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;

(vi) Performance maneuvers;

(vii) Navigation;

(viii) Emergency operations;

(ix) Special operations; and

(x) Postflight procedures.