FLYING HELICOPTERS REQUIRES special skills and rigorous training. The men and women who pilot Army helicopters are called upon day or night to fly difficult missions, often under dangerous battle conditions. They command the largest and most sophisticated fleet in the world – Apaches, Blackhawks and Chinooks – in reconnaissance, transport and combat operations.
At the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama, aviation experts from Amentum train all Army helicopter pilots, turning out approximately 1,000 graduates annually. Since 1989, instructors have trained more than 25,000 student pilots, most of them entry-level soldiers with little or no flying experience. Fort Rucker is the largest rotary wing flight school in the world, not just for the Army but also for the Air Force, NATO and other allied countries.
From aviation theory and simulator instruction to actual flight training, Amentum instructors lead undergraduate student pilots through months of thorough training to prepare them for the perils of combat.
Safety is paramount in every aspect of the training, and the program boasts an unprecedented safety record with more than 2.3 million hours of flight instruction.
Classes are conducted in shifts, starting at five o’clock in the morning and ending well after midnight, in a training area encompassing more than 40,000 square miles. Student pilots will eventually be flying in combat, so developing leadership skills is another important aspect of the program.
The training program occurs at an Army installation with a multinational student population, and is managed as a partnership between the Army and Amentum. It is just one of many instances where the Department of Defense has outsourced mission-critical technical and management assignments to Amentum. As one of the nation’s leading multi-service contractors, Amentum proudly works in tandem with the armed forces to protect American interests at home and abroad.
Amentum is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.
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