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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

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