Want to become a commercial helicopter pilot? Our program offers you the top helicopter pilot training in Canada!

Course Outline

For individuals who are looking to make a career out of flying in the helicopter industry.

Great Lakes Helicopter is pleased to announce that we are registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Course Prerequisites

  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 14 years of age prior to first solo, and 18 years of age for the issue of a Commercial Licence-Helicopter.
  3. Prior to first solo, an applicant must successfully complete a medical examination by a Transport Canada approved medical doctor.
Age Minimum 18 years old
Medical Category 1
Valid For 1 year if holder is under 40
6 months if holder is 40 or over
Privileges A) The holder of a Commercial Pilot Licence-Helicopter may exercise the privileges of a Private Helicopter Licence; and B) For the purpose of providing a Commercial Air Service,
i) Act as Pilot in Command of a helicopter for which the licence is endorsed, that is not required to be operated by more than one pilot ii) Act as Co-pilot of a helicopter of any type for which the licence is endorse
Knowledge 80 hrs of ground school Pass 100-question multiple-choice exam obtaining at least 60% in each of 4 subject areas as well as 60% in the overall exam. (CPHEL)
Experience Minimum 100hrs total helicopter time; with minimum 55 hrs dual flight time including 10 hrs (5 hrs may be simulator) of instrument time and 5 hrs of cross-country flight time. Minimum 35 hrs solo flight time-including 10 hrs of cross-country flight time with 1 cross-country flight of not less than 2 hrs flight time from the point of departure and 3 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.
Skill Pass a flight test of approximately 1.5 hrs.