Pacific North Helicopter Academy

Training Elite High-Altitude Proficient Pilots

PART 61 & 141 ACADEMY 

Pacific North Helicopter Academy is an FAA-approved Part 61 and 141 School, based in South Lake Tahoe California. Established in 2006, we’ve graduated classes of elite high-altitude proficient pilots. Through scenario-based training, we prepare pilots to handle real-world challenges in flight and upon landing. Our pilots embark on their careers with skill sets that far exceed the FAA checkride criteria.


The thin air of the Sierra Nevada Mountains means our students learn how to fly in a power-limited environment. Training from our primary base in South Lake Tahoe, California, students are taught safe techniques for pinnacle, slope, and landing on rocky or snow-capped mountains, at altitudes equivalent to 10,000 feet.

Training during cold winters will challenge you amidst gusting winds and whiteout conditions.  Summer days at high altitudes limit your available power. So, you’ll learn to finesse the controls to squeeze out maximum performance.  Difficult high altitude scenario-based training now will prioritize you for future employment around the world.


Pacific North Helicopter Academy provides the highest standard of training and teaches safe techniques for pinnacle, slope, and confined landings. In the power-limited; environment of the Sierras, our pilots’ skills are honed and tested under some of the most formidable circumstances. You’ll learn how to handle gusty winds, diminutive engine output, and landing zones surrounded by dense tree cover.

This true-to-life experience will distinguish you within this highly competitive field. Most employers prefer pilots who can navigate challenging winds and mountainous environments. And, they want pilots who have trained in real-world settings far above sea level.


Tours & Charters

(530) 214-0711

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Helicopter Academy

(530) 544-2211
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Turin Alps European Branch

+39 (340) 283-2051
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Truckee Airport

12219 Business Park Drive, Suite 12
Truckee, CA 96161

South Lake Tahoe Airport

1901 Airport Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Rio Vista Airport

3000 Baumann Road, Suite D
Rio Vista, CA 94571

Turin Alps European Branch

Via San Francesco D’Assisi 22
Turin, 10121 Italy