Why Specialized is the right choice for you

Location

Training Design

Facility

Located at the Watsonville Airport in California, our area offers the new or experienced pilot the perfect combination of controlled and uncontrolled airports, mountains, ocean and weather.

Located at the Watsonville Airport in California, our area offers the new or experienced pilot the perfect combination of controlled and uncontrolled airports, mountains, ocean and weather.

Our staff and programs allow for an individualized approach to training that is both flexible and structured so you can become the best pilot possible.

Our staff and programs allow for an individualized approach to training that is both flexible and structured so you can become the best pilot possible.

With a full service maintenance, tours and training environment you will have ample room to grow and learn from an experienced operation designed to promote a safe and rounded pilot.

With a full service maintenance, tours and training environment you will have ample room to grow and learn from an experienced operation designed to promote a safe and rounded pilot.

Diverse operations

Specialized is not only a helicopter training facility but we also offer many other flight services that our students get to see from the inside and take part in while training.

Our company offers: Tours, Charter, Aerial Film and contract work that offers our students a significant advantage in that they can learn from and along with our pilots as they perform these types of services.

Fleet

Our diverse fleet gives you an advantage in that you get to learn in several makes of aircraft to enhance your knowledge and understanding of various aircraft.

Free Training Consultations

Sit down with our Chief Pilot or Director of Maintenance for advanced learning and education on subject matters specific to your needs.

Confined Areas/ Pinnacles

We have several perfect training areas available within just a few miles of our home airport. Beach Bluff landings, redwood confined areas, steep mountain tops and valley areas. All of this plus the ability to train at over 5,000'. See our video's and pictures or call us to discuss. 


HELICOPTER FLIGHT TRAINING PROGRAMS

Private Pilot Certificate

This is the first step in your aviation career! Becoming a private pilot will allow you to build time towards another rating, fly for fun, or give rides to your friends. This stage is also suited for those who desire to own a helicopter for personal use.

During this stage you will be instructed on the basics of helicopter flight. In the first phase you will learn basic flight maneuvers and procedures and solo the aircraft; this could be one of the most exciting flights you ever take! You will then refine your skills in preparation for your practical exam. Along the way you will also gain knowledge in and experience navigation and cross country flight planning.

Commercial Pilot Certificate

 Get paid to fly! Getting paid to fly a helicopter may be your dream, with a commercial license your dream could become a reality. During this stage you will become prepared for the practical demands of professional flying and qualified to fly most of the commonly-used civilian helicopters. Many advanced maneuvers are introduced and all skills are sharpened. Additional detail and depth regarding a pilot’s ground knowledge will also be taken to the next level.

Instrument Rating

Learn to fly in the clouds! Ever wonder how airline jets can fly in the clouds with zero visibility, cover vast distances and then end up at their exact destination? This is done only by reference to the instruments in the aircraft. This stage of flight training is much like chess; every move is strategically planned out. Learning how to do this in a helicopter is a vital skill that will make you a much safer, more confident and more employable pilot.

Certified Flight Instructor

The first step in a career as a helicopter pilot is to teach others how to fly them. This course will give you that much needed edge, skills and advanced understanding that most employers are looking for. You will learn to instruct and maneuver the helicopter to a higher level of accuracy and performance than those pilots that only hold a commercial pilot certificate.

Certified Flight Instructor- Instrument

Learn to teach in the clouds!</i></b> Take Your Flight Instructor career to the next level and become an instrument instructor (CFII). With the recent FAA regulation requiring at least 10 hours of instrument flight training for all commercial pilot applicants, many flight schools have found it necessary to hire a higher percentage of CFII instructors. Going the extra mile and becoming a CFII will make you a much more qualified and employable instructor, allowing you to teach on all VFR and IFR courses.

Professional Pilot Course

All encompassing! The Professional Pilot Program will give you the maximum training possible, at little additional expense. It is designed to develop the student with little or no experience into a pilot with a true competitive advantage. Specialized Helicopters will tailor this comprehensive program for you the individual, mixing and matching what you need from all of our programs.

Most students will advance through the course in the following sequence to maximize training and minimize costs; Private, Instrument, CFI, CFII, Commercial.

Advanced Autorotation training

Advanced Auto rotation course

Our advanced auto-rotation course shows you the edge of your personal envelope and advances you to the next level of pilot skill. Our chief flight instructor will work you through; Full Down Auto-rotations, zero speed auto-rotations, hover auto rotations, minimum decent auto-rotations, max glide auto-rotations and any other special requests.

Vertical Reference

Coming early 2015 - The Vertical Reference course allows our students to learn the skill set required to safely carry a line load under the helicopter. This course is your first step in the world of sling loading but will give you a strong understanding of helicopter vertical reference. This course is instructed under our FAA part 133 operating certificate and includes a sign-off in your log book. You will get 5 hours in R44 helicopter and 5 hours of ground instruction.