Upper Limit Aviation is known for launching student pilots into careers flying commercially – taking students from flight school to flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft for a living. ULA students get real world flight school training experience during their time with us. Read the most recent article about ULA rescue missions where ULA students supported the mission (click here).
What makes Upper Limit different from other flight schools is their commitment to real world flight experience training. ULA students train under a scenario-based philosophy for the purpose of being uniquely prepared for real world “industry experience”. ULA students get actual industry experience as a part of their flight school training, distinctively preparing them for their first job as a commercial pilot.
Upper Limit Aviation (ULA) flight students participate in real life rescue missions in the Southern Utah mountains (see full article here). ULA, partnered with Southern Utah University in Cedar City have flown ten life-saving missions since the program began in August 2013. ULA student Chris Powell states, “When we jump from a scenario based training to an actual real world situation, that’s what we’re all hoping for as students. It’s always fun.”
What does “real world experience” mean to prospective flight school students researching a variety of flight schools? Essentially, it means that ULA is one of the top-flight schools in the US. The aviation industry, particularly employers, are aware that ULA trained pilots are more experienced, and better prepared to start flying commercial missions.
When looking at flight schools, most prospective students want the best pathway to a commercial career. Danielle Vogel, ULA’s Director of Admissions, states, “we talk to hundreds of prospective students each month. Almost all of them are locked on a dream to fly commercially. This is their dream job, their passion. But they want to know if ULA is the school that will take them from being a student to landing a top job.”
Michael Mower, ULA’s Chief Flight Instructor and Director of Schools, explains that ULA students are the only students in the industry to take part in rescue missions. ULA students have supported rescue missions as “coordinators and spotters”. Mower explains, “If we are able to get the students in the plane, seeing what is going on and seeing what they would be doing on these missions once they receive their license, that’s a huge advantage,” he said. “Anything to get the students more involved on these missions is great experience for them.”
Rich Cannon, the Assistant School Director, and ULA graduate stated that ULA students are frequently part of the search and rescue missions and that the experiences students receive through ULA’s unique training approach is invaluable.
ULA is committed to teaching students through real world flying situations, opening them to incredible opportunities whenever possible. Since Upper Limit Aviation partnered with Southern Utah University in 2013, the flight school has quadrupled in size. ULA flies, on average, 103 flight hours per day, 11,000 flight hours per semester. Prospective students want the real world experience because they know it will give them an advantage in the job market – this is why they choose ULA at SUU.
Mower shared that a few of the ULA-SUU rescue missions have been in coordination with local law enforcement – searching for homicide suspects and juvenile runaways, including one a girl who ran away and was stuck in the nearby mountains. Mower’s team of professional pilots, along with support of ULA aviation students, spotted the girl just before sunset – they might have saved her life. Through ULA’s efforts, they were able to get her to safety within 30 minutes of learning about the missing girl.
Through the partnership with SUU, ULA students can earn a bachelor’s degree along with their pilot ratings. The bachelors degree, in combination with the unmatched flight school training, gives the ULA students a distinct advantage over other flight school graduates when applying for piloting jobs.