Flying helicopters became a dream of mine after taking my first discovery flight. Immediately after taking off I knew it was the right career for me. After taking the time to visit many schools on the west coast, I found Silverhawk Aviation. The people and environment I experienced lead me to decide to chase my dream with SilverHawk Aviation.
As I progressed through my training, I began to enjoy the one on one attention provided because it enhanced my learning experience. The location of the school and the surrounding terrain allowed for complex graduation in flight training. The skills and knowledge that I learned are tools that I still use to this day.
After completing my training, I became an instructor for SilverHawk where I sharpened my skills through teaching others the passion for flying that I have. Once eligible, I applied to work for Papillon Helicopters and began a new chapter in my career. At Papillon, I started as a tour pilot and since then have become a utility pilot as well. Performing jobs such as big game surveys, precision long line, and fire fighting would not have been possible without the foundation of learning I revived at Silverhawk Aviation.
Ty Pierce, Pilot with Papillon Airways
Silverhawk did an excellent job preparing me for the industry and provided me with the skills to obtain work after training. I'm currently the Lead Pilot/IP at Papillon Helicopters flying the AS-350B3e/B2 and the EC-130B4/T2. I provide Grand Canyon tours and 135 company instruction in Las Vegas.
Silverhawk proved their value in safety by maintaining their aircraft to the highest standards in the industry. The facility is clean and all equipment is properly taken care of. Their regard for pilot safety is top notch and you will be held to the highest levels of proficiency and safety standards as a student. After finishing your ratings you will be knowledgeable, proficient and safe in the sky.
Southwest Idaho provides students with diverse terrain and adverse weather. You receive valuable hot and cold weather training, and just a few miles away you have mountains and canyons for high altitude training. Boise has a great approach circuit for IFR and controlled airspace training.
Silverhawk is highly professional and has an excellent reputation within the helicopter industry. I have experience with various operations and in comparison, Silverhawk's standard of professionalism, accountability, and integrity is superior. Training at the “Hawk” was a great experience for me from start to finish.
Skyler Stevenson, ATP
The moment I decided to change careers was when I was flying in the back of a TEMSCO A-Star over the Aleutian Islands doing geological surveys. After a lot of research contacting schools, I began to get pretty fed up with the “form email” responses that I received, and the lack of any personal feeling associated with many of the school’s admissions staff. This all changed when I got my first email back from Silverhawk. About a year later, I had finished with flight school and was immediately offered a job instructing.
Flash forward two years: Now I am back in a TEMSCO A-star, but this time I am in the pilot seat. I know for a fact that I could not have gotten to where I was without the help of my instructors, friends, and Catherine at Silverhawk. I never felt like I was just another student at the school. From the moment I arrived people were eager to show me around the area, and I have made some lifelong friends during my time there. I can highly suggest Silverhawk to any aspiring pilot who wants to go far in a career as a professional pilot.
Cullen Lester, Pilot at TEMSCO Helicopters
I trained with Silverhawk from January 2010-December 2011. Immediately following my training, I was hired as a flight instructor for the school.
The training I received at Silverhawk prepared me well for my future as a pilot. The varied terrain and high altitude experience gave me the confidence to know I could operate a helicopter almost anywhere my career could take me. The knowledge and experience of the instructors I had have proven to be valuable to me throughout my career.
The culture of safety Silverhawk promotes has helped me make the right choice even when it might not be the popular choice.
I enjoyed my training from Silverhawk and know their influence has helped me become a successful pilot.
Troy Barnum, Pilot with Papillon Airways
After teaching at Silverhawk, I began to work for Air Logistics in the Gulf of Mexico as a line pilot. To this day, I am still working for Air Logistics flying the SK-76 in the IFR program.
The best thing about Silverhawk was its instructors. They helped me achieve my goals and aspirations by giving me the necessary knowledge and skills needed to progress in an ever-changing field of aviation. I would highly recommend Silverhawk to anyone wishing to fly helicopters for a career.
Paul Arpke, Oil/Gas/Support Helicopter Pilot, Gulf of Mexico
I had an opportunity to go anywhere in the United States to train to become a helicopter pilot. After looking at several schools, my family and I decided on Silverhawk Aviation Academy. After I finished instructing at Silverhawk I started flying tours in the Grand Canyon. I then returned to Silverhawk to obtain my ATP rating. I now fly single pilot IFR in an EC 145 for a midwest EMS.
I could not have accomplished any of this without the expert training that I received at Silverhawk Aviation Academy. On many of my interviews, the companies were highly impressed by the training that I had received there. I highly recommend Silverhawk Aviation, and if I wasn't flying EMS I would love to be back there instructing.
Brian Hunt, EMS Helicopter Pilot
From the challenging terrain and weather that Idaho has to offer, to the highly professional flight instructors, I enjoyed every aspect of my time at Silverhawk. The programs they offer cater to all, whether you want to go 8 hours a day, or just a few times a week, you are going to gain the skills needed to advance in the aviation community.
After working for Silverhawk I spent several years in the Gulf of Mexico flying offshore in the oil & gas industry. I now fight fires all across the country and enjoy the unique challenges and opportunities the utility side of aviation has to offer. I wouldn't be where I am today without the quality education I received at Silverhawk. I would highly recommend Silverhawk to anyone looking to turn the dream of flying into a reality.
Morgan Moore, Firefighting & Utility Helicopter Pilot
My journey to become a professional helicopter pilot began with Silverhawk and seems to always return to Silverhawk. I have been fortunate enough to travel around the country and experience different helicopter flight schools as a student and as an instructor. I have been to big 10-plus-helicopter pilot factories, 1-instructor small-town schools, and several of the in-between variety, but returning to Silverhawk in Idaho always feels like coming home. Catherine and her staff always make me feel welcome and have been extremely flexible in accommodating my needs on a restricted schedule.
My career as a professional helicopter pilot started with an opportunity to fly Electronic News Gathering (ENG) in Washington, DC. I then pursued a seasonal job in Alaska where I flew glacier landing tours, utility support, and even helped with filming a commercial and a documentary. I have flown missions for the Marlyand State Police and the Department of Natural Resources. I have now returned to flying in Alaska.
Every job has its challenges and requires good decision making, positive control of the helicopter, and a certain level of professionalism. I believe Silverhawk had a huge positive impact on my career and the successes I have been able to achieve. I have recommended Silverhawk over other schools to aspiring helicopter pilots and will continue to do so.
Chris Pysz, Tours, Charter & Adventure Pilot
I am the first person in my family to pursue a career in aviation. With no prior aviation knowledge or experience, Silverhawk welcomed me with their generous support and extensive resources. Catherine invests in every one of her students from helping with housing, applying for loans and grants, networking for job opportunities, to keeping them on track to complete their certificates and ratings. I obtained student loans for training by attending online classes through an online university. I have completed a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Science. Holding high standards and ensuring students succeed is embodied in the culture.
Training in Idaho offers diverse weather and terrain that prepares you for the variety of environments you will work in as a helicopter pilot. During your training you will encounter high altitude mountains and rugged terrain combined with a variety of wind, temperature, moisture, and visibility that creates a beautiful landscape as well as challenging landing scenarios. You will learn the decision making and procedures that come along with these challenges. After graduating from Silverhawk, I have flown in nearly all corners of the nation. Each environment has delivered unique weather phenomena that I have become comfortable with quickly as a result of my flying experience received at Silverhawk.
Professionalism and exceptional standards set at the school will prepare you for the aviation workforce. The training will be extremely rigorous and demanding at times but also just as rewarding and enjoyable. This training along with the safe habits and dedicated attitude engrained in you will follow you into your professional career, setting you up for success in interviews and training programs at the highest-caliber companies in the industry.
I am currently flying in the Gulf of Mexico as a Bell 407 Captain on a 14/14 schedule, and I love my job. I can live anywhere and move across the country with my wife as she pursues her own career. Prior to the Gulf I flew Grand Canyon tours out of Las Vegas, tours in Myrtle Beach, tours around Zion National Park, and instructed at Silverhawk. It has been an incredible journey that I am tremendously grateful for. I would absolutely recommend Silverhawk to anyone with an interest in aviation.
Joshua Lee, Bell 407 Captain
I started my career in helicopters at Silverhawk Aviation in 2011. I had always dreamed of being a helicopter pilot but there always seemed to be so many obstacles. I had originally looked at a flight school in Salt lake and had my heart set on going to that school. That all changed when I talked to a former Silverhawk student and he told me to visit Catherine. It made all the difference in the world by taking that advice. I walked out of Catherine’s office later that day with an actual plan on how to go about this. I was not only relieved that someone finally answered all my questions, but that I was on course to achieving my biggest adventure yet.
I had the pleasure of working at Silverhawk from 2012 till 2016. I started by answering phones and taking out the trash, to an instructor to developing the TVCC program and being its director. I would have never imagined that one simple phone conversation followed by a quick meeting out at the Hawk, would lead to a successful and rewarding career. I often tell people who ask about becoming a pilot that it is hard work borne from a passion to fly. You are the master of your destiny if you really want it, but you should also let this journey be financially feasible, safe, and fun. The end goal of flight school should inspire you and give you big hopes to look forward to in your career. Silverhawk Aviation will give you that.