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APSU introduces first helicopter

14th January 2019 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Austin Peay State University (ASPU) has introduced the first of three new helicopters that it will use for its aviation science degree.

The Cabri G2 helicopter will be joined by a further Cabri G2 and a Robinson R44.

The aviation science degree has a focus on rotor wing flight. The degree requires more than 175 hours of flight time, with training to begin this spring. It is designed to support pilots transitioning from the military and civilians pursuing careers in flight instruction, aerial tourism, charter operations and other rotor-wing pilot careers.

The helicopters will be housed at Clarksville Regional Airport, where trainees will learn flight skills and academics in a renovated, aviation-oriented facility.

Students will receive an undergraduate education in addition to the ability to obtain the rotor-wing FAA private pilot’s and commercial pilot’s licenses, and commercial flight instructor and commercial flight instrument instructor certificates.

The programme will provide a foundation in FAA regulations, airmanship, rotary-wing aerodynamics and methods of instruction and will provide students the opportunity to pass required FAA knowledge tests required for each certificate or rating. 

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