Can non-Federal employees come to the Helicopter Training Academy?
Yes, however, only red-carded employees will be accepted.
When can I apply for the Academy?
The 2023 application period has closed. The 2024 application period will open November 2023. Our nomination is found on the Program Page.
How do I apply for the Academy?
See the nomination on the Program Page.
Am I guaranteed to get my task book signed off at the Helicopter Training Academy?
No guarantee. It depends on your performance / knowledge / comfort level and how many assignments you've had previous to coming to the Academy.
What kind of physical shape do I need to be in when I arrive?
We expect you to be in great shape and be able to run, hike, push-ups, pull-ups, etc. and fight fire at 7000 to 9000 feet as well as adjust to temperatures that range from 50s to 100+ F. We expect that everyone will participate in physical exercise on a daily basis.
What are the time frames for the 2023 Training Schedule?
May 21 – June 3
June 11 – June 24
July 2 – July 15
July 23 – August 5
August 13 – August 26
What is the cost to my Home Unit?
There is no tuition fee for the Academy. Please note: Your home unit pays for per diem, travel and base hours. Grand Canyon will try to give the students management codes for overtime and hazard pay earned at the Academy. However, this may not be possible so please ensure your home unit can cover hazard pay and overtime if required.
What are the Minimum Qualifications to come to the Helicopter Training Academy?
You must have an open task book for HECM or HMGB. Only red-carded employees will be accepted.
Do you accept students from other training programs?
Yes, students in the Joint Apprenticeship Academy can receive some of their Helitack time here at the Helicopter Training Academy.
What kind of gear do I need to bring to the Academy?
You should bring all fire fighting gear that you would take on a 14 day assignment. You will need to have a ready 14 day bag at the helibase every day. Gear will need to include your line pack, 14 day bag, nomex clothing, hard hat, radio, tent, ect.. We will provide a flight helmet and any hazmat items you cannot travel with for your stay.
Can I get IQCS credit for attending the Academy?
Yes, we will have an IQCS number for you when your training here is complete.
Do you accept Students that have not gone through S-271 or S-372 at the nomination closing?
Yes, as long as they go to the class before they come to HTA.
When will I know if I get a spot in a session?
Everyone that applied for the 2023 season will know if they got a slot or are on the alternate list before the end of February 2023.
Do you accept students that are qualified and want more experience?
No. Our program is intended to provide a training assignment to those students with an open HECM or HMGB taskbook. However, if you are a qualified HECM or HMGB, work for the DOI or USFS, and are interested in an assignment with Grand Canyon Helitack please contact us as we often accept detailers / fills / boosters both in the park, and on assignment.
What hours will I be expected to work while at the Academy?
Students are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours a day. The South Rim Helibase hours are 0730 to 1800 during this time. While on wildland fire or other projects, our days can extend to 16 hours a day. We expect that students will work their days off and treat the Academy like a 14 day assignment.
Where will I stay while at the Academy?
We provide a camping area at the helibase. There is an area to cook, store food, and shower. Students will need to provide their own camping gear, but cookware will be provided. There are hotels available in the park, and the town of Tusayan but remember that your home unit incurs all of the travel costs associated with your time at the academy.