Military Pilots


270+ Graduates
Transitioned to

Helicopter Pilot
Rotor Transition Program

Our Partnerships Get You to the Captain's Seat Faster

Coast Flight has partnered with the following airlines to help helicopter pilots transition into career with the airlines:

- Envoy Air, an American Airlines Subsidiary
- Mesa Airlines, an United Career Path Partner

Our mission is to help helicopter pilots who qualify for the 750-hour ATP requirement gain the fixed wing hours needed to fly for the airlines. Once the required 250 fixed wing hours and 25 multi-engine hours are achieved, you will be qualified to enter ATP-CTP Course and First Officer School. Within weeks of starting, you will be on your way to an exciting airline career!

Envoy Air Rotor Transition Program

  • $17,100 Cash Bonus when you Start Training
  • Additional Financial Aid Available through AOPA

Mesa Airlines Rotor Transition Program

  • Become an employee at Mesa Airlines during training
  • Receive Benefits & Build Seniority

RTP Financing

Exclusively through Coast Flight

Coast Flight is proud to collaborate with AOPA Finance! Loans up to $26,000 are now available to all Pilots enrolled in the Rotor Transition Program.

Coast Flight is proud to collaborate with AOPA Finance! Loans up to $26,000 are now available to all Pilots enrolled in the Rotor Transition Program.

  • Low Interest Rates
  • 6 Months Deferred Payments
  • Finance Program Built Specifically for Envoy RTP Candidates
  • Non Traditional Loan Program. Takes Into Consideration Future Employment

Loan amounts up to $26,000 are available to help cover housing / training costs above Envoy Air's financial contribution

Our Fleet

Cessna 172

Usable Fuel: 42 gallons

Engine Horsepower: 180

True Airspeed: 115 kts

Range: 435 nm


Usable Fuel: 48 gallons

Engine Horsepower: 180

True Airspeed: 120 kts

Range: 465 nm

Piper Arrow

Usable Fuel: 42 gallons

Engine Horsepower: 200

True Airspeed: 137 kts

Range: 465 nm

Piper Seminole

Usable Fuel: 42 gallons

Engine Horsepower: 180x2

True Airspeed: 120 kts

Range: 800 nm

A current or former U.S. military pilot is eligible to apply for an airline transport pilot certificate provided the pilot presents the following:

  • An official DD-214 indicating that person was honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Services.
  • An official armed services record that shows the person graduated from an undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualifying them as a military pilot.

In addition to providing the above, the pilot must also have the flight hours below:

  • 750 Total Time as a pilot
    • Not more than 100 hours of total time may be obtained in a full flight simulator or flight training device provided the flight training device represents an airplane and the flight time was accomplished in a Part 121, 135, 141, or 142 training course.
  • 250 PIC in an airplane, or as SIC performing the duties of PIC while under the supervision of the PIC in an airplane
  • 75 hours of total instrument time, in actual or simulated instrument conditions
    • Applicant may not receive credit for more than 25 hours in a flight simulator or flight training device unless the course is an approved Part 142 flight training center, in which case, the applicant can receive credit for up to 50 hours.
  • 200 hours of Cross Country time
    • 100 hours must be as PIC.
  • 100 hours of night time
    • 25 hours must be as PIC.
    • A person who has performed at least 20 night takeoffs and landings to a full stop may substitute each additional night takeoff and landing to a full stop for 1 hour of night flight time; however, not more than 25 hours of night may be credited using this method.
  • 50 hours of multi-engine
    • Up to 25 hours may be in full flight simulator representing a multi-engine airplane if the training was an approved training course under Part 121, 135, 141 or 142.

  • To take advantage of this opportunity, complete an application at
  • Please make sure that you check Rotor Transition Program (RTP) on the "Affiliation" section of the application. (Otherwise we will not receive your application!)
  • If you have any further questions, please email or call (972) 374-4761 to speak to a recruiter.
  • Your training cost will be provided after you apply and your training requirements are evaluated.
  • Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate.
  • San Marcos, TX (HYI) and/or San Diego, CA (MYF)
  • This will be a full time training and time building program. Students are required to be flexible. Dual flight instruction is typically done during daylight hours. Time building flights are completed with other program pilots in the early morning or evenings.
  • Cessna 172 with G1000 avionics
  • PA28 Piper Archer with Garmin 430's
  • PA44 Piper Seminole Garmin 430's
  • Redbird Flight Simulator
  • Coast Flight has arranged shared housing in San Marcos, TX. A shared room will cost around $500 a month which includes all basic living supplies. More information will be provided once you are selected for the program.
  • All benefits including travel will begin when you have entered ground school with Envoy in Dallas. Envoy will provide an airline ticket to/from your interview and to/from your training program at Coast Flight.

Yes, in order for Coast to train you with the reduced hours, the FAA requires you to complete the FAA Military Competency Written exam if you do not already hold a FAA Certificate. The link below is the most common test prep used by military graduates and a step by step on how to get the certificates.

San Diego, CA

3753 John J. Montgomery Dr.
San Diego CA 92123

San Marcos, TX

1807 Airport Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666