1945-2021

Richard Alzetta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Richard Alzetta, a friend, mentor, father, husband and world renowned helicopter pilot. An integral part of Mountain View Helicopters history, Richard’s tireless efforts within the helicopter community will be felt for generations to come.

For those that had the privilege of meeting and flying with Richard, his incredible passion for flying was truly second to none. But more important was his willingness to share that passion and knowledge with others. His eagerness to teach the art of flight was evident in his early morning arrivals at the hangar, long hours in the helicopter and countless stories and discussions around the lunch table.

Flying was not work for Richard. Rather it was a lifelong passion. A passion to teach how to safely operate a helicopter in almost any condition, virtually anywhere in the world. One of Richard’s favourite places to fly was the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and British Columbia.

Affectionally referred to as the helicopter whisperer, Richard’s ability to make a helicopter respond to his every command was truly astounding. Even more astounding was Richard’s ability to thoughtfully teach both in the classroom or inside a helicopter exactly what is happening and why. The memory of Richard will live on in all of us with our day-to-day safe operation of helicopters and by sharing his knowledge with future students.

Rest in peace Richard.

Welcome to Mountain View Helicopters


If you are thinking about training as a helicopter pilot for a career or just for fun we are here for you!

Our Springbank Airport facility has been in operation since 1995. We train pilots for commercial or private licences as well as provide advanced and recurrent training for many pilots working in Western Canada. At Mountain View Helicopters Flight School our training program includes not only basic flying skills, but also a concentration on the advanced skills that will provide the most benefit after receiving a commercial license.

Because Mountain View Helicopters Flight School is a commercial operator we are able to design a course that provides students with a competitive advantage through training in skills areas that are specifically sought by operators.

Our training facility, located at a fully operational Transport Canada airport near Calgary, AB, provides several advantages that other locations may not be able to offer. These advantages include: the exceptional flying weather found on the prairies, the close proximity to the mountains for use as a valuable training tool, and the experience gained through frequent contact with air traffic controllers.

COVID-19 UPDATE (JANUARY 2021)

Mountain View Helicopters has resumed Discovery Flights and Heli Tours! At this time all tour passengers must ride only with members of their immediate household. Please contact fly@mvheli.com with questions or for bookings.

Helicopter Flight Training

Mountain View Helicopters is Western Canada's premiere helicopter flight training school. Located at the edge of the Canadian Rockies, our team of experienced flight instructors offer a wide range of courses including Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Mountain Training and more.

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Scenic Helicopter Tours

With a main base just west of Calgary and a seasonal tour base in Drumheller, Mountain View Helicopters is strategically positioned to offer flights over some of Alberta’s most breathtaking scenery. We offer family friendly helicopter flights for all budgets.

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Helicopter Charters

Aerial Photography, VIP Transport, Media Flights, Forestry, Oil and Gas Support, Engagement/Wedding Flights – you name it, we’ve done it! With highly trained and experienced pilots we can help you with all of your helicopter needs.

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