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Overview

Infinity Flight is pleased to be able to provide a Helicopter Transition Program (HTP) in partnership with Piedmont Airlines and Mercer County Community College. The HTP is designed to seamlessly convert helicopter pilots who already have a solid foundation in aviation to fixed wing aircraft. This program allows HTP students to obtain a career with the world’s largest civilian airline in the fastest time possible; however, you may also go through this program and elect to go to another airline of your choosing.

If you choose to go to Piedmont/American Airlines after your training, they will put $23,000 toward training costs, and pilots who complete this customized transition program will be placed in the next available Piedmont training class, and receive a $16,200 signing bonus. Qualifying pilots will also be placed on a direct flow through track to American Airlines without any further interviews.

Pilots enrolled in this personalized fast track program can choose to use their VA benefits, or utilize a variety of different funding options.

We understand that every pilot will come to us with different requirements. We are here to help you create a program that will meet your individual needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the HTP Program?

The Helicopter Transition Program (HTP) is a customized training experience that provides helicopter pilots the opportunity to transition into commercial aviation with little or NO COST. Infinity and our partners will educate, train and assist you in finding what funding solutions are available to you.

Who is eligible for this program?

Anyone with logged military rotorcraft time that qualifies for a restricted ATP certificate is eligible for the Piedmont program. Not sure if you qualify? We’ll take a look at your situation and create a plan for you with no obligation.

Do I need to go to Piedmont?

No, you do not need to sign on with Piedmont to do the flight training. If flying for another airline has been your dream, or location is a priority, we understand you need to make choices that are right for your individual needs. However, you will not be eligible for the additional money or signing bonuses that come with a commitment to work with Piedmont after your training. Let us know your intentions so we can make sure your training cost will be covered to the fullest extent.

How long will this program take to complete?

Training time will be based on how many hours you need to complete, and your commitment to flying. It is important to note that you should treat this like a full time job and plan to fly on a daily basis. We will help you map out a realistic timeline for your individual goals. If you need to complete all four phases (described later) it should take no longer than 120 days, though most students have successfully completed the program in much less time.

What type of flying will I be doing?

Ground lessons and dual flight time are done individually, one-on-one, with an instructor, not in a classroom style setting.
Most of your flying will be done in newer model Cessna 172 G-1000 glass cockpit and Tecnum Twin Engine aircraft. Depending on your experience you will be starting in one of four defined phases:
Phase I-Instrument and Commercial (transition from rotary to fixed wing)
Phase II-Multi-Engine/Commercial
Phase III- Single Engine Cross Country (time-building)
Phase IV-Single and Multi Engine Cross Country. VFR/IFR (time-building)

What will it cost me?

Every situation is different, but most pilots will have little of no out of pocket costs related to training. Piedmont Airlines offers up to $23,000 to cover your training costs, and you may also elect to use your VA benefits. Housing may be covered through BAH (contact our VA partner listed later in this packet), and discount housing is available.

I’d like to use my VA benefits. How do I know if I have enough to cover the cost?

For general questions and to get started you can contact the VA Education and Training Center at 888-442-4551
You can apply for your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) at: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov

Will I get a Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)?

Your individual BAH will depend on the percentage of benefits you qualify for, and the amount of credits you take. For instance, If you need to complete all four phases of instruction, and you have 100% eligibility then your BAH is $2372.00. (This amount is good through July 2018)

How do I pay for check rides?

Generally speaking, in most all cases, check rides are covered. If you are enrolled in the college program and you are using your VA benefits, then your check rides are covered through your enrollment.
If you are just finishing up a few hours and using Piedmont money, then Piedmont will cover the cost of your check rides.

Where does classroom instruction and flight training take place?

Infinity Flight Group at the Trenton-Mercer Airport, Trenton, NJ

When do classes start?

Classes start on the first day of every calendar month.

What happens when I finish the program?

If you have elected to go to Piedmont Airlines you will be placed in the next available training class. At that point, you will be eligible for Piedmont’s $16,200 signing bonus and a guaranteed flow to American Airlines. You will also be eligible for Piedmont’s employee referral program that pays $5,000 for each pilot you bring to Piedmont!
If you won’t be flying for Piedmont, you are a free agent, and can make arrangements with a carrier of your choosing.

No catch. Our team will look at your background and certifications, identify any gaps and work with you to create a program that matches your needs. You will know before you start how much of the program will be covered financially. If you don’t like what you hear, simply walk away.

How Do I Get Started?

Please contact us at Fly@flyinfinity.com and we will get you started.
Also, start to get these items in order:
• Certificate of Eligibility (COE) if using VA benefits (see below)
• Log book with proof of military time
• FCC license: https://www.fcc.gov/fcc-form-605 
• Current 1st Class medical certificate: https://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/
• Valid US passport or authorization to work in the United States 
• Application on AirlineApps.com

Successful candidates will be able to pass a background check and have no DUIs in the last five years.

VA Benefits

If you plan on using your VA benefits to cover the costs of this program please make sure you complete the following:

Apply for your VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
☐You can easily do this online at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/
Print (or record) the confirmation number. This is valid for one semester. You should receive your COE (via the US Postal Service) within two weeks of applying. Once you receive your confirmation number, please provide the MCCC Veterans Service Office with a copy.

Apply to the College
☐You can do this from the homepage of the College website: www.mccc.edu
Click on Underneath, you will then see
The degree you are pursuing is Aviation Flight Technology
Within a week or so you should receive an acceptance letter from MCCC with your student ID number.

Register for College classes
☐Once you have received your acceptance letter from the college with your student ID, you receive your quote from Infinity, interview and receive your class date from Piedmont (only if you are choosing to go to Piedmont) and have received all your VA benefit information, then reach out to Hillary Banas at Infinity Flight who will help you register for your classes.

Important Contact Numbers

Infinity Flight
Infinity Flight Group Main Number: 609-883-0555

Scottie Burge, Chief Pilot, Infinity Flight Group 860-389-7947
Scottie@flyinfinity.com
Scottie will be doing initial quotes based on your current flight time. He is your first line of contact when deciding if this program is for you.

Hillary Banas, Business Manager, Infinity Flight Group – 609-883-0555
Hillary@flyinfiity.com
Hillary will help you navigate the college app/registration process, housing, and be your point of contact once you have a quote, and there after during your stay.

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) VA office contacts:
John Becker – Director of Veterans Services 609-570-3240 beckerj@mccc.edu
Tammy Luciano – Administrative Specialist 609-570-3269 lucianot@mccc.edu

Piedmont Airlines
Laura Bailey, Recruiter, Piedmont Airlines 480-302-0505 laura.a.biley@aa.com
If you are interested in flying for Piedmont/American Airlines, or if you have questions about Piedmont/American, please reach out to Laura.