Military Training

We’ll prepare you for mission success.


We understand that a comprehensive well-executed training plan is the key to mission success. Using U.S. military standards of excellence as a foundation, the MD Helicopters Military Flight Training Academy uses scenario-based training to prepare your aircrew and maintenance personnel for real-world situations.

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Whether your mission involves single-ship or multi-ship operations, we train you as an individual, and as a unit, so no matter the conditions you and your aircraft are ready for anything. We prefer your pilots, armament technicians, and mechanics to go through all of the training, from classroom work to aircraft maintenance to gunnery so you’re prepared as an individual and ready as a team, day or night.

This isn’t just basic training. The first thing we do is sit down and discuss what you’ll require so we can customize the program to suit your unique needs. We determine how we can get the most out of your aircraft, and out of you and your team.

As soon as you can handle more, we give you more. We can change course on a dime and go from intermediate to advanced training, from aircraft qualification training to complex tactical situations, and from weapons systems to extreme terrain maneuvers and gunnery tasks.

  • Aircraft qualifications
  • Combat skills
  • Advanced maneuvering
  • FARP operations
  • Gunnery

Our Mesa, Arizona headquarters offers a high-density altitude training environment that allows your team to be thrown into a heavy gross weight situation ideal for extreme combat training.

Our instructor pilots are highly skilled retired U.S. military aviators with vast combat experience in the air and on the ground. They’ll take you through maximum gross weight operations, from landings and take-offs to extreme gunnery scenarios that can easily be customized to simulate combat situations in various environments.

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of the airframe, systems, mission equipment, weaponeering, and ballistics.
  • Basic and advanced military tactical employment.
  • Assault tactics, including how to safely infiltrate soldier passengers, and land in a range of environments under demanding conditions.
Offered to certified Instructor Pilots, this comprehensive training incorporates best practices from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight instruction techniques as well as U.S. Military Method of Instruction (MOI) training standards. The objective of the Instructor Pilot Training course is to prepare Instructor Pilots to develop and operate home-country training activities. This training is offered exclusively at MD Helicopter’s headquarters.

The MD Helicopter Maintenance Pilot Training is based on the U.S. Army’s maintenance test pilot course. By the end of the course, student maintenance pilots will be familiar with the maintenance requirements associated with the airframe, avionics, drivetrain, powerplant, and weapons systems. This course is offered exclusively at our headquarters.

Students will learn:

  • Maintenance test pilot check flight maneuvers.
  • Troubleshooting procedures to ensure continued safe operation.
  • Special considerations and skills required to maintain the aircraft in a variety of environments.

Also offered exclusively at our Mesa, Arizona, headquarters, Maintenance Technician Training students will also receive academic instruction on all aircraft systems, including airframe, engine, drivetrain, hydraulics, electrical and fuel systems.

Students will learn:

  • Basic aircraft maintenance techniques.
  • Scheduled inspection procedures.
  • Weapons familiarization.

Weapons Technician Training is focused on the safe handling and maintenance of armament systems, weapons, and equipment as part of flight line operations or at the workshop level. MD Helicopter’s academic instructors will supervise and provide real-time coaching that correlates with classroom instruction and culminates in an actual live-fire capstone event.

Students will learn:

  • Aircraft flight line handling and replenishment.
  • Inspection, removal, and installation of weapons from aircraft.
  • Disassembly and reassembly of weapon systems.
  • Preparation and use of aircraft weapons support equipment.

Course objectives include:

  • Weapons safety
  • Loading and unloading procedures
  • Identification and inspection of ammunition
  • Clearing of weapon systems
  • Operational checks
  • Aircrew-level maintenance of subsystems
  • Care and handling of ammunition


Register to start planning a customized military training program for your team.