• View of Grand Canyon National Park at sunset from the South Rim

    Grand Canyon

    National Park Arizona

Helicopter Training Academy - Program

Now accepting applications for the Summer of 2015

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.

History

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!

 
 

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?

THEODORE ROOSEVELT AT THE GRAND CANYON

President Theodore Roosevelt said of Grand Canyon, "Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you, as one of the great sights which every American should see."