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Coast Flight Training offers a transition training pathway to assist military and civilian helicopter pilots to translate their skills into becoming fixed wing pilots. This rotor transition training is designed to assist the transitioning helicopter pilot in bridging the gap from their current FAA ratings to obtain the recreational or professional fixed wing licenses that they desire. 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. 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.


We are led by Senior Military Officers who personally understand the requirements for helicopter to fixed-wing professional pilot operations as they walked the path themselves.




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!


Frequently Asked Questions


Program costs are unique to each individual. Training costs vary based on experience and FAA certificates coming into the program. Each pilot receives a training plan based on their specific needs. Most commonly, the pathway is 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.

RTP contracts and training funds are coordinated directly with the airline. To take advantage of this opportunity, complete an application with them at and check Rotor Transition Program (RTP) on the "Affiliation". In some cases, the independent application is provided to you by the airline directly.

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.