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Helicopter Pilots

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Work Environment

Helicopter pilots are stationed at military bases or aboard aircraft carriers around the world. They fly in all types of weather conditions. Helicopter pilots take off and land from airports, forward landing areas, and ship landing decks.

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Helicopter pilots are responsible and skilled officers who control and fly the many helicopters operated by the Services. They also perform combat maneuvers, spot and observe enemy positions, transport troops and equipment, and evacuate wounded troops. They are stationed at military bases or aboard aircraft carriers around the world.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here.

Like other officers, helicopter pilots complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training for helicopter pilots consists of academic and on-the-job instruction. Flight training consists of time spent in flight simulators, classroom training, computer based training, and actual time spent flying.

Helpful Attributes

  • Determination to complete a very demanding training program
  • Self-confidence and ability to remain calm under stress
  • Strong desire to fly aircraft

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