Upper Limit Aviation (ULA), one of four accredited flight schools in the nation, recently held an Aviation Career Day on Saturday, May 28th. The aviation career day was exclusively for local High School, Jr. High and Middle School students interested in aviation careers. Attendees took the opportunity to talk with flight instructors and student pilots, watched videos, and flew the simulator. A local High School teacher even paid out of his own pocket for some of his students to take introductory flights.
“We find that many young adults are very enthusiastic about helicopters,” says flight school director Lois Reid, “and are surprised by the numerous career paths available to them.”
Helicopters play an essential and unique role in fields such as search and rescue (SAR), emergency medical services (EMS), military, law enforcement, oil & gas exploration, tourism, firefighting, electronic news gathering (ENG) and much more!
Helicopter Association International (HAI) donated a large number of videos, literature and gifts for attendees. Food, tours and giveaways were provided throughout the day.
Another Career Day is being planned for October of 2011.
ULA is uniquely partnered with Salt Lake Community College (SLCC), the 2nd largest community college in the country, to offer students a Professional Pilot program. The Veterans Administration (VA) approved courses in the Professional Pilot Program allow Military veterans the opportunity to use their education benefits towards a college degree which includes all their FAA pilot certificates and ratings. Students can choose an Associate of Science degree or a Commercial Certificate of Completion. ULA is further recognized as a “Patriot Partner” by the State of Utah, for the large number of veterans they hire as flight instructors from among their graduating students.
As a Part 141 / Part 61 flight school, Upper Limit operates out of Salt Lake International Airport’s Class B (Bravo) airspace, and in turn affords students practical experience with air traffic control in busy, highly regulated space. ULA’s flight training program introduces students to flying at high-density altitudes (above 5,000 ft), mountainous terrain and the wind and weather conditions associated with it. In addition to training for flight ratings from Private Pilot through Certified Flight Instructor“ Instrument (CFII), special courses such as External Load, Mountain Flying, and Turbine Transition are also available. The Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) has recognized ULA as a School of Distinction, demonstrating that ULA displays “a commitment to the expectations and rigors of accreditation as well as a commitment to delivering quality educational programs” said Michael McComis, ACCSC Executive Director.