Helicopter Industry Education Opinionnaire
Prescott Campus

Hello, my name is Stacy Sheard, a graduate student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University pursuing a Master’s of Science degree in Aeronautical Science. In collaboration with Assistant Professor Bryan Cox, a faculty member at the Prescott Campus, we are asking for your opinions about the value of a bachelor’s education for helicopter pilot interviewing and job placement. The information you provide will assist us as we gather information and data on this topic for a formal research project. This survey, conducted at HeliSuccess 2013 and distributed to industry via Rotorcraft Pro Media, will allow us to gather information from a number of helicopter professionals in the most efficient manner. It should take only about five minutes of your time. This survey is voluntary and we are requesting that you provide your opinions. Please know that you may stop this survey at any time. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential by all researchers involved. Submitting this survey indicates your agreement to answer the questions.

If you desire further information regarding this project, you may contact Professor Cox at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3700 Willow Creek Rd., Prescott, AZ 86301 or call 928-777-3841.You may also contact me personally at: stacysheard@gmail.com


Number of years working in Helicopter Aviation?

Which one best describes your current position in the helicopter industry?

What is your education level?

Which sector of the helicopter industry most pertains to you?

Total number of employees that work for your entire company?

Please rank your agreement level to the following statements:
Strongly Agree
Strongly Disagree
All other things being equal, I feel that new pilot applicants with a bachelor’s degree have an advantage in getting selected for a job interview as opposed to those who do not.
Helicopter pilots with a bachelor’s degree are likely to have more valuable skills for a typical helicopter operator than those without.
Having a bachelor’s degree should have little or no bearing at all on selection criteria for new helicopter pilots trying to enter the industry.
An academic curriculum that includes the study of business as it pertains to the helicopter industry would be advantageous for any bachelor’s degree helicopter specialty program.
Within the next 10-15 years, the Helicopter Pilot College Education Requirement is likely to be similar to the Major Airlines, which typically requires a bachelor’s degree.
Helicopter pilots seeking a bachelor’s degree should ensure that other industry skills are included in the curriculum as part of a backup plan should he/she become medically unfit to fly.
In my experience as a Pilot Supervisor/Chief Pilot/Management, new hires with a bachelor’s degree have typically been promoted into positions with increased responsibility sooner than those with only an associates or no degree at all.