Helicopter Training Academy - Program
The 2015 application period is now closed. Applications for Summer 2016 will begin to be accepted in Fall 2015.
The Grand Canyon Flight Crew provides safe and practical training opportunities for helicopter managers and helicopter crewmembers from all agencies to ascertain or increase their aviation knowledge and experience in a professional and educational atmosphere.
In the spring of 2000, the Helicopter Training Academy was born with 13 students. The students were used to meet the minimum staffing levels needed to keep up with the variety of missions and daily workloads here in the Park and the surrounding areas like the Kaibab National Forest. Within the first year of its creation, the Academy illustrated why there was such a necessity for interagency helicopter training.
The Academy has been managed by several members from Grand Canyon Flight Crew throughout the years. Crew members have each brought new training topics, instructional methods, and ideas. Coupled with feedback from each HTA student, it has lead to the current program which includes workbooks, didactic trainings, practical field opportunities, and sometimes, more unique missions like slinging stuck boats from the Colorado River or relocating threatened or endangered species to a new habitat.
With the conclusion of the 2014 fire season and Helicopter Training Academy, we reflect on the students and the program. The students performed well throughout the Academy and developed a few new ideas for our program. Their dedication and professionalism was unmatched and led to a very productive and fun year. Our cadre was able to instruct 18 students formally at Grand Canyon and we took additional trainees on the road with us as we supported incidents in Northwest and Southwest.
The application process is open for the summer of 2015 for any prospective students. Our cadre is looking forward to working with the next batch. We hope to learn from our students as much as we impart to them. Good luck to the future applicants!