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Experienced Instructors

All Silverhawk flight instructors are graduates of our top-notch Part 141 professional pilot program, and our fleet of meticulously maintained Robinson helicopters are ready to fly when you are.


Custom Schedules

Our self-paced program allows you to fly with as few or as many different instructors as you choose, ensuring your training experience is tailored to fit your specific needs. 


24/7 Availability

Certified Flight Instructors are available to train 7 days a week - even nights and holidays. That means you get the training you need when you need it.  



Our #1 goal is to provide the training and guidance you need to emerge as one of the safest, most competent pilots in the industry. Hands down.


We're committed to training you to the best of our ability and to provide support every step of the way. 




Step 1:

Review Our FAQ's

Review our frequently asked questions - chances are, somebody else has the same questions you do!


Step 2:

Take a Discovery Flight

You'll receive 30 minutes of ground instruction and 30 minutes of hands-on flight instruction, which counts as qualified flight time toward your ratings. Call to book your flight today!


Step 3:

Review Program Options

To view the pros and cons of available programs, please click here.

Step 4:

Get Your Medical

As a student pilot you are required to pass a FAA Medical Exam. This is a physical exam performed by an authorized FAA Medical Examiner. 

You are required to have your medical in hand before your first day of training at Silverhawk Aviation Academy. All student pilots need to keep a current Class II medical at all times. 

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Step 5:

Obtain Funding

Silverhawk is one of the few flight schools offering Sallie Mae loans to qualified students. Visit for additional information. Another great source is Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). You can contact MBNA Bank to discuss AOPA's Flight Training Funds program at 1-800-882-8648 or you can visit for additional info. Pilot Finance Inc is limited to the applicant's income, credit history and debts. You can apply for their financing options online at

Step 6:

Apply for Admission

If you're ready to apply for admission, please complete our application and submit it to Alisha Sweeney, Director of Student Services.



The Private Pilot allows you to fly with your friends and family for recreational use. This certificate teaches you the foundation of flying. 




The Instrument Rating follows the private rating, deepening your knowledge of the instruments inside the helicopter. During the training, you wear foggles (used to simulate foggy conditions) to train you to be a safe pilot during recreational flights and in your career. 




The Commercial Pilot Certificate allows you to be paid to fly. You advance your skills and further your ground and flight knowledge.



Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)

The Certified Flight Instructor Rating is required if you’d like to teach at Silverhawk or any other helicopter school. During your training, you learn what it takes to teach other students how to become pilots. 




Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (CFII)

The Certified Flight Instructor Instrument Rating provides you with the knowledge to train students for their Instrument Rating and CFII. It takes a very short amount of time to complete your CFII Rating and it drastically increases your chances of being hired as a CFI as Silverhawk and many other flight schools.



Advanced Training

External Load: R44, Mountain Flying: R66, Turbine Transition: R66



*Completion times and costs are based on FAA minimums and Silverhawk Aviation Academy makes no implied or explicit guarantee as to time or cost required to complete any rating. Prices subject to change. 


Loans & Scholarships

Find the payment plan that's right for you.

You can finance through traditional student loans at Treasure Valley Community College, or you may find private loans through a variety of companies. For the Professional Pilot Program through Silverhawk, we recommend the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan. Visit Sallie Mae, fill out an online application, and receive your eligibility status within 24 hours.


Another great source for loans and scholarships is the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. You can get up to $25,000 of assistance through AOPA's Flight Training Funds program. Also, you will have access to many other sources and benefits by joining AOPA as a student pilot. 


If you are interested in finishing or adding a rating and need financing on a smaller scale, we offer financing through Pilot Finance.




Air medical services have a mission to save lives, transporting patients in rural areas and hospitals to large tertiary care facilities. Most air medical companies require a minimum of 2,000 hours total flight time.



Wildland fire fighting is a career for seasoned pilots with 1,500 hours total flight time or more. Most firefighter pilots work under seasonal contracts, however some federal agency positions are full-time. 



Applicants must have 1,000 hours of total flight time for most turbine tour positions. No previous turbine time is required, which is why turbine tour pilots are what many of our CFI's will pursue once they've reached the hour requirements. There are numerous tour companies worldwide in some of the most beautiful areas on Earth.



Far from the adrenaline rush of disaster flight are the private charter flight pilot positions. 

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