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Helicopter Training Academy - Program

The nomination period for 2014 is now closed.
We will update our website and begin accepting nominations for 2015 in October.
Thank you for your interest.

Mission Statement

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.

The 2013 Helicopter Training Academy was again successful and awarding for the Academy students, cadre and our program. The Academy continues to change with each session, students' feedback, new ideas, national and regional direction, and policy alterations. Our crew instructed with the most current information and technology and will continue to provide the latest to our knowledge. We formally instructed 16 formal students and numerous additional students while supporting large incidents throughout the country.

After discussing 2013's events, we are adapting the Grand Canyon Helicopter Training Academy for the upcoming 2014 season. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns with the program or if you are just looking for more information. And like always, good luck with your applications!


For the variety of agencies and places trainees come from, see:
List of Alumni by Year (165kb PDF File)

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Did You Know?


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