Helicopter pilot

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  1. jackson1989

    jackson1989 Member

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    My son will graduate this May and he is slotted to go to UPT. He has recently decided he would like to fly helos. I wondered how that process works. Is it the same as a fixed wing, fighters, heavies meaning the needs of the AF as well as how he performs at UPT dictate the choice?

    Just interested in how the process works.
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    He'll do the same path as everyone else, until the end of T-6s, if he gets helos.

    So, first, complete IFS. Then, academics and T-6s. Near the end of T-6s, students fill out their track select dream sheet (T-38s, T-1s, or TH-1s). Based on performance, desires, and needs of the Air Force, the available slots will be doled out to the students. If he gets TH-1s, he will PCS to Ft. Rucker to do helicopter training for the 2nd half of UPT. Upon graduation, from Rucker, he'll get his wings and go CV-22s, HH-60s, UH-1s or stay at Rucker as an instructor for an assignment.

    More detail starting at post #15 here:
    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=35795&page=2
     
  3. jackson1989

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    Thanks Raimus! Great explanation!
     

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