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Intro Course or Discovery Flight

Option # 1
3 Hour Intro Course
The 3 hour intro course is designed for individuals who are seriously interested  in  choosing the career path of a helicopter pilot.  This is an excellent way to experience helicopter flying before choosing this as a future career choice.   The course includes the following:

Duration - 3 days
-Two half days of ground school which includes:  effects of flight controls upper air, hovering techniques,  Basic helicopter theory and general knowledge,  passenger safety around helicopters.

-3 hours flight instruction using our Robinson 22 Beta Helicopter. Lessons include;  upper air, hovering,  autorotation (demonstration only)  and other basic helicopter handling.   Included pre-flight briefings and post flight debriefs

Total cost for 3 Hour Intro Course:   $1500.00 +HST

Flight time achieved can be credited towards future Commercial Helicopter Pilot training.
Option # 2
Discovery Flight
Like the Intro Course, the one hour Discovery Flight  is designed for both individuals who are interested in helicopter flying or simply just wanting to try flying a helicopter. The one hour Discovery Flight covers the following:

Duration - Half Day
One hour of ground training covering the effects of the controls in upper air flight, the use of flight controls during the hover.

One hour flight instruction at the flight controls of a Robinson 22 beta
helicopter with one of our flight instructors

Total cost for the Discovery Flight: $500.00 +HST

Flight time can be accredited towards future Helicopter Private or
Commercial Pilot training. Candidates are responsible for their own travelling expenses and accommodations.

Please call 705-494-4354 or
email us for more information

Price List

Commercial Course:

• Ground School

included in course tuition

• Ground School Kit (Books & Supplies)

$ 250

• Language Proficiency Test

$ 40

• Commercial Written Test , TC Fee

$ 105

• Commercial Flight Test, TC Fee
$ 200 - $ 500

• 100 Flight Hours

please see examples below; or to customize further, please see price list per helicopter below

100 hours RH22
50 hrs RH22
30 hrs RH44
20 hrs BH206

60 hrs RH22           
20 hrs RH44           
20 Hrs BH206



Private Course:

• Ground School

included in course tuition

• Ground School Kit (Books & Supplies)

$ 250

• Language Proficiency Test


• Private Written Test , TC Fee

$ 55

• Commercial Flight Test, TC Fee
$ 200 - $ 500

45 hours RH22

$ 22,500.00 (+HST)

All programs include ground school, instructor fees, fuel and insurance coverage.

In order to ensure your position, a deposit of $500.00 is required and an application form must be completed. Ground school is included in all programs. You are responsible for Transport Canada fees, and your ground school kit; a list will be supplied upon acceptance. If your are unable to attain your license with the hours required in the Transport Canada guidelines and require extra flight training you are financially responsible for the extra training.

Cost Comparison

Other schools in Canada

• Offer helicopter training on machines rarely used in the industry

• Offer training on piston engines only

• Require you to train more hours than you need on expensive helicopters

• Training on terrain not realistic to the work world
Helicopters Canada

• Offers most widely used helicopters on which to train, R22, R44 and Bell Jet Ranger 206

• Students can train on both piston and turbine engines

• Students choose how many hours to train on each machine to lower costs

• Training on terrain realistic to the work world. Confined area landings done in dense forest.

United States

• Low advertised rates

• Hidden instructor fees ($50-$75/hr!)

• Hidden fuel costs

• Hidden groundschool fees or textbooks and lessons

• Low time flight instructors
Helicopters Canada

• Higher advertised rates

• Includes groundschool

• Includes all advanced flight training such as slinging, log pad landing and construction

• Includes all fuel

• High time flight instructors

Transport Canada Guidelines

Transport Canada
Commercial Pilot Guidelines

1. An applicant must be a Canadian Citizen, landed immigrant, or a person lawfully admitted to Canada for flight training.
2. An applicant may commence flight training at any age, but must be 16 years old prior to first solo and 17 years of age for the issue of a Private Helicopter License.
3. Prior to first solo, an applicant must successfully complete a medical examination by a Transport Canada approved medical Doctor.

Minimum 18

Minimum Category 1
Valid for
a) 1 year if holder is under 40.
b) 6 Months if holder is 40 or over.

A) The holder of a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License may exercise the privileges of a Private Helicopter License; and
B) For the purpose of providing a commercial air service,
i) Act as a Pilot in command of a single crew helicopter for which the license is endorsed,
ii) Act as co-pilot of a helicopter of any type for which the license is endorsed

80 hours of ground school.
Pass a 100 question, multiple-choice exam obtaining at least 60% in each of the four subject areas, as well as 60% in the overall exam.

Minimum of 100 hours total helicopter time; with minimum 55 hours dual time, including 10 hours of instrument flight time, and 5 hours of cross-country flight time.

Minimum 35 hours solo flight time, including 10 hours of cross-country flight time with 1 cross-country flight of not less than 2 hours flight time from the point of departure and 3 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.

Pass a flight test of approximately 1.5 hours
Please note: You do not need to get your Private License before your Commercial License


Nathan Savoie
After comparing and visiting 6 different schools, I chose to attend Helicopters Canada. The commercial training I received there was challenging and thorough. The fixed Monday to Friday schedule was great as it left lots of time to study at school, which also gave me the ability to work evenings and weekends.

The school has a relaxed but professional environment. The ground school instructors were very helpful and knowledgeable, and were always available.

The flight instructors were excellent and ensured I was being continually challenged, always making the most out of all flight time. Autorotations were practiced right to the ground, the confined areas were tight, and sling work was introduced at 12 hours.

Some extras included log pad construction, short and long line slinging with many different types of loads, a 3 day winter survival course, and all types of re-fuelling operations. I am very pleased with my decision to take my commercial training there. It provided me with the knowledge and skill necessary to get a job right out of school. I am now employed with Western Aerial Applications in Chilliwack BC on spray program.

Danny Mercer
I completed my commercial license at Helicopters Canada and was extremely happy with the quality and environment in which I was taught. Having grown up in a small northern Ontario town, and lived in Newfoundland and Manitoba while spending much time outdoors in the woods I can say the landscape that surrounds North Bay has everything you need to learn how to perform at the industry standard like confined areas, log pad landings, confined area slinging, and many more things you will encounter in your career.

Take that along with Heli-Canada’s relaxed one on one instructing techniques and you have what I found to be the best and most efficient way to learn. Having instructor who actually worked in the field and have thousands of hours of field time is priceless when it comes to teaching. Jeff Sullivan and his staff are more than qualified flight and ground instructors. They were very honest with me in any questions I had about the industry and were always willing and available to help me.

Other things I was taught while attending Heli-Canada that proved beneficial to me in my career is fuelling from barrels, construction of log pads, long line training, hover exiting and entrance of passengers, slinging with a variety of loads differing in weight, size and shape.

I am now working for an aerial spray company in northern Ontario that has job sites located all over Canada and the United States. I highly recommend attending Helicopters Canada if you are interested in flight school.

Carlos Pesina
My name is Carlos, and I attended Helicopters Canada from May to December 2003. Being from Mexico, it was a big step for me to go to another country to get the training necessary to become a helicopter pilot.

Back then I didn’t fully realize the importance of this decision, but now, some years later and trying to start a successful career as a pilot, I know that I made the right choice.

The training I received at Helicopters Canada was exhaustive, complete and, most of all, extremely personalized, one of the advantages of not having too many students at the same time. I learned to fly both in airports and out in the bush in all kinds of weather; from sunny days with clear skies, to cold, snowy and windy days with low clouds, which really came to be useful once I started flying for a company.

When I came back to Mexico to start my career, having in my resume training in Canada has proven to be the advantage necessary to get the job amongst other pilots, some of them with actual work experience in the helicopter industry. Once I started flying for a company, I happily realised that I was better prepared than other pilots that went to flight schools in my own country.

I am happy to say that in the couple of years that I’ve been flying in the industry I’ve been fortunate to fly in different places and kinds of operations; from geosurvey studies in the mountains of Nicaragua, to overflying mines in Panama and Mexico. Right now I’m working for Transportes Aereos Pegaso, in the south of Mexico, taking personnel and equipment to oilrigs off-shore. I am sure that the training I got at Helicopters Canada gave me the skills necessary to make it possible.

Ian Vint
Trained: Jan 2003 - June 2003

There are many flight training schools to choose from in Canada but not all of them are equal. Helicopters Canada provided me with the knowledge and training I needed to begin a career in the aviation industry.

In a relaxed environment I progressed through ground school and flight training at my own pace incorporating real world operations in many different atmospheric conditions.Unlike other schools, Helicopters Canada taught me advanced skills like slinging, the use of log pads, navigating unprepared landing sites and outdoor winter operations during training and not as a bonus at the end of training if time permitted.

North Bay was an excellent training environment because it offered a large airport with minimal air traffic and remote settings typical of helicopter operations, all within the airport control zone. This meant all flight time was spent flying and not waiting to fly or transiting to and from training locations. Immediately after flight training I found employment with a company in Ontario working ground crew for their annual spray program. This job allowed me to pick up several hours of stick time in the field and apply the skills I had learned during training. After that I traveled to Western Canada and was hired by another company as an infrared camera operator and again acquired more flight time and valuable real-world knowledge of helicopter operations. With the right training and attitude it is possible to work in the Canadian aviation industry and I’m glad I began my journey with Helicopters Canada.

Tomasz Sienkowski, Poland
Graduated April 2009

My name is Tomasz, I came to Canada in 2008 for two reasons; to become a professional helicopter pilot and to play hockey with the best skaters in the world! I chose North Bay and Helicopters Canada for many reasons;
the busy airport environment, the variety of seasons throughout the year and the individual style approach to teaching, to name a few. These helped me get the necessary experience for the aviation industry that I will use through my career. I got lots of help right from my first contact with all the instructors and staff.

They helped me research the helicopter industry, find accommodation, and upgrade my English. Their experience, their commitment to the job and unbelievably friendly environment made me wish I was a student all my life.

I strongly recommend Helicopters Canada for all people considering one of the best careers in the world.

Carl Faichney
After many months of research into various flight schools around the world, I eventually chose to train at Helicopters Canada in North Bay in January of 2007 and thankfully my experience there turned out to be a very good one. The bush north of North Bay is full of real world confined areas, the cross country flying is done across some really spectacular country and the full-on autorotations are invaluable.

Also, the opportunity to get ratings on the R44 and 206 during training was an added bonus as were the hours of slinging, log pad landings etc.

My original plan was to return to Europe after finishing at Helicopters Canada to convert to a JAA license and HeliCanada were extremely accomodating in addressing my needs to qualify for the JAA conversion. In the end however, I ended up getting a Canadian work permit and, with the help of Helicopters Canada, looking for work in Canada. I'm now with a company out in Western Canada and I have Jeff Sullivan and the people at HelicoptersCanada to thank for that.

Overall, a good school, a relaxed atmosphere, and professional instructors with thousands of hours of experience.

Paula Fuss
Hello, my name is Paula. I attended Helicopters Canada from September 2003 to April 2004.

There were other flight schools closer to my hometown, but I decided to make the move to North Bay, so that I could train in the bush environment that Helicopters Canada offered.

During my training, my experiences included slinging operations, landing in confined area and landing on log pads.
In July of 2005, I worked for an aerial spray company in Chilliwack, BC. We worked in remote sites that required all of the equipment to be slung in by helicopter. I felt fortunate to have already gained slinging experience from flight school, which helped me with this job.

've spoken to several low time pilots over the last two years, and I have realized that the training I received at Helicopters Canada surpasses that of many other flight schools. I am very happy with the decision I made to do my training with Helicopters Canada.

Now, I'm working for Airborne Energy Solutions in Alberta, and look forward to establishing my flying career.

Ryan Cluff
Hi, my name is Ryan. While I was researching training facilities to get my commercial helicopter license I talked to a few pilots, and looked at several other training facilities in Ontario. I came to the conclusion that Helicopters Canada was my best option.

While attending school I learned at my own pace in a relaxed atmosphere and always had my questions answered by knowledgable instructors.

At Helicopters Canada I learned how to land on log pads, manouver in confined areas with unprepared landing sites, and navigate in remote areas all within minutes from the airport.  This meant no wasted time flying to and from training areas. I also recieved sling training, which in most schools you might receive at the end of your course, time permitting.
A few months after my training I was hired as a ground school instructor at Rotorworks in Whitecourt Alberta. On a daily basis I apply the skills and knowledge that I learned at Helicopters Canada, and I realize that this facility was definetly the right choice for me.

Stefan Hitzl
Bavaria, Germany

Hello, my name is Stefan Hitzl and I am from Bavaria, Germany. In July 2004 I started a commercial helicopter pilot course with “Helicopters Canada”.

I selected Canada and especially Helicopters Canada for my flight training, because of the friendly and uncomplicated contact and the low-priced costs compared to Europe. Now after the course is finished, I realize that I made the right decision.I received a very professional training by an experienced flight instructor, who prepared me for the helicopter industry. In addition to the normal flight training, I had the opportunity to land on many log pads and small confined areas and to fly with different kinds of sling loads in the Robinson R22 and the Bell Jet Ranger.

My plans are now to find a job in western Canada, to build up flight hours, before I return to Europe and fly in my home country.

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