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Rotor Transition Program

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The Highest Producing Rotor Transition Program in the Country

The Rotor Transition Program is a transition training pathway to assist military and civilian pilots who possess a helicopter commercial license, with instrument privileges, to translate their skills into becoming airline pilots. This program is open to all helicopter pilots who have minimum total flight times of either 750 hours for military and 1500 hours for civilian. This rotor transition program training is designed to assist the transitioning helicopter pilot in bridging the gap from their current FAA ratings to obtain the required 250 hours of Pilot in Command (PIC) flight time and airplane commercial multi-engine and instrument ratings.

View Our Upcoming Airline Pilot & RTP Seminars!

Now offering two types of RTP


Have a career the day after EAS

Our unique Rotor Transition Program (RTP) is now sponsored by our Airlines partners. This means they will finance your training, and you’ll be a career airline pilot the day after your End of Active Service (EAS) date. We can get military helicopter pilots started with training up to six months before EAS


Back in the Saddle (BITS) Program

Coast has built the Back in the Saddle (BITS) rotor transition program designed to help reset your currency and get you re-transitioned to aviation. Military and civilian helicopter pilots alike can Lose the cubicle with our rotor transition training and we can help you navigate the pathway that is right for you!

Why Coast Flight Training RTP?

Coast leads the

We are led by Senior Military Officers and understand the requirements for helicopter to fixed-wing professional pilot operations.

Offering value no
one else can...

Our unique RTP sites were built to specifically meet the needs of our students. We have large fleets in two separate locations for your convenience, and we're continuing to grow!

Giving you the
most options...

Coast has numerous airline partners to choose from when transitioning to an airplane pilot that can provide paths to the major airlines. Combined with Coast’s financing plans, we provide the tools necessary to fly for the airline of your choice.

And the most
trusted training...

With the largest network of airlines that trust coast for their RTP pathways, and a track record of producing the highest caliber professional pilots, for the industries most trusted flight training option look no further than Coast’s rotor transition program.

Because your
success is our goal!

Coast's students have one of the highest success rates when they report to their type certification training. Our expert staff of professionals, coupled with our Certified Flight Instructors, make certain that the training you receive is the best in the country.

How to Get Started



Submit your background to Coast Flight and see if you are a good fit for RTP training.

Military Pilots: If you are a military flight school graduate with your rotor commercial license and instrument rating and 500 total hours, we can transition you into fixed-wing professional flight in as little as 90 days.

Civilian Pilots: If you are a civilian helicopter pilot with 1,500 hours we can transition you into fixed-wing professional flight in as little as 90 days.

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We take care of everything - your customized training plan and the financing that gets your through it

Customized Pathway: To address each candidate’s formal training requirements, refresher training needs, funding requirements, and logistical/administrative concerns.

Civilian Pilots: Coast will develop a training schedule for each student that ensures FAA minimums, and based on historical data, ensures success as they transition from rotor to fixed-wing flying.

Financing: Once a training schedule is determined, students can work with Coast and our partners to finance training up to 100% of the rotor transition program.

We can finance up to 100%!
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Get through your training and fly for the airlines in no time!

Training timeline: In as little as 90 days you can get through our flight training and go from being a helicopter pilot to a First Officer flying jets.

Airline Pathways: Coast has the largest network of partnered airlines for RTP pathways. With the highest caliber training and consistent pilot output - you can trust us to get you through as miuch as our airline partners do.

We have the largest network of partnered
airlines and RTP pathways.

Frequently Asked Questions

Program costs are unique to each individual and run from $3,000 to $30,000. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program. Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs to help them obtain a Fixed Wing Private Pilot's License, Instrument Rating, and Commercial Multi-Engine License. Upon completion of your training with us, you might need to build fixed wing PIC hours at a flying club to meet the 250 hour requirement.

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 or, in some cases, the independent application provided to you by the airline directly.
  • Please make sure that you check Rotor Transition Program (RTP) on the "Affiliation" section of the application.

Program lengths vary greatly depending on the flying experience of the candidate. The full course timeline is an estimated 10 weeks.

San Marcos, TX (HYI) and/or San Diego, CA (MYF). Housing is not provided.

This will be a full time training program. Students are required to be flexible. Dual flight instruction is typically done during daylight hours.

  • Cessna 172 with G1000 avionics
  • PA28 Piper Archer with Garmin 430's
  • PA44 Piper Seminole Garmin 430's
  • Tecnam P2006T with G1000 avionics
  • Redbird Flight Simulator

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.