Course Content and Outcome Guide for AVS 216 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
AVS 216
Course Title:
Helicopter Advanced Commercial
Credit Hours:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture/Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Special Fee:

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

Includes training for Stage 2 of the Helicopter Commercial syllabus. If the student is on budget, they will have the opportunity to sign-up for focused training on advanced commercial operations that are applicable to their desired career.

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.

Course Activities and Design

This course will consist of the scenarios and lessons contained in Stage 2 of the commercial syllabus.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the Beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate and record student progress and the criteria for assigning a course
grade. Evaluation methods will include written, oral, and practical testing. Learnercentered grading will be used by the student€™s individual Flight Instructor on each lesson. The student will also be assessed by a senior Flight Instructor at the Stage 2 check. The instructor will immediately grade each stage check, and if necessary, have students complete a review and retake of the exam, until a minimum score of 70% is achieved. Evaluation levels will target those defined by FAA-S-8081-HD (or subsequent edition) Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards, and required under 14CFR 141, FAA Approved Training Course.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

The following areas will be presented in training scenarios that represent real-life
commercial flying situations:
Preflight preparation;
Preflight procedures;
Airport and heliport operations;
Hovering maneuvers;
Takeoffs, landings, and go-arounds;
Performance maneuvers;
Emergency operations;
Special operations; and
Air traffic control and clearances and procedures
Postflight procedures
Examples of focus areas that the student may choose include, but are not limited to: External Load operations; Night Vision Goggles; Turbine Engine transition; Mountain flying.