Looking for an exciting career filled with adventure and travel? If you are looking for a career in Aviation this course is for you!
Based on full time study the Commercial Helicopter Pilot Course takes about 4-5 months to complete. We offer three intakes for this program each year: mid September, mid January and mid May. The fall and winter courses are our most popular and we only accept a limited number of students for the the summer program. Part time training is available as well, the course length for part time study would be determined by the students availability.
Please note that full time Commercial Programs qualify for Student Loans.
Commercial Licence Requirements
18 years of age
Could start training as young as 14 but must be 18 before writing the CPHEL and to do flight test.
* Minimum 19 years of age or have graduated Grade 12. (to qualify for BC Student Loans)
Transport Canada Medical Certificate:
Category 1 - medical certificate validity period is 12 months (or 6 months if over 40 years of age). Visit the Transport Canada Civil Aviation website for detailed information on what is included in the Category 1 Medical Certificate Examination at www.tc gc.ca
Follow this link to find a Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner near you.
80 hours of ground school and a passing grade (60%) for the Transport Canada Commercial Pilot - Helicopter written exam. Students are eligible to write the written exam once they have completed 50% of the flight training time.
Ground School Subject Areas Include:
- Air Law and Procedures
- Airframes, Engines and Systems
- Theory of Flight
- Navigation – General
- Navigation and Radio Aids
- Flight Operations
- Human Factors
Follow this link for the complete Transport Canada Study and Reference Guide.
Minimum Flying Experience:
100 hours - Includes:
- Dual: 55 hours total:
- 5 hours cross country
- 10 hours instrument
- Solo: 35 hours total
- 10 hours cross country
1. Helicopter familiarization
2. Preparation for flight
3. Effects of controls
4. Airspeed and power changes
5. Climbs and descents
7. Autorotations 1 (upper air)
9. Take-off and landing
10. Hovering exercises
11. Engine failure at the hover /hover-taxi
13. Autorotations 2 (landing)
15. The circuit
16. Sideways and reverse flight
17. Steep turns
18. Autorotations 3 (range variations)
19. Practice forced approaches
20. Pilot navigation
21. Rapid decelerations
22. Low level operations
23. Sloping ground
24. Advanced take-offs and landings
25. Confined areas
26. Vortex ring
27. Practical loading and maximum weight operations
28. Sling load operations
29. Type conversion
30. Instrument flying
31. Night flying - optional
Passing grade for the Transport Canada Commercial Helicopter Pilot flight test (70%). Mountain View Helicopters has two Transport Canada Pilot Examiners on staff making exam scheduling very convenient for the students.