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Canadian flight training requirements for helicopters

What types of helicopter licenses are available?
  1. Private Pilot License - allows you to fly only for your own pleasure

     
  2. Commercial Pilot License - enables you to work in the civil aviation industry in Canada and many other countries where a Canadian license is accepted.


If you already have a Canadian Commercial Fixed-Wing License, you may receive training credits towards your Commercial Helicopter License.

If you already have a Canadian Commercial Helicopter License, you may add the following professional ratings:
  • Night Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Flight Instructor Rating
What is required for a Private Helicopter Pilot License?
  • You must be 16 years or older to take the basic flying course for your private license. A university degree or high school certificate is NOT required.
     
  • Prior to your first solo flight, you must pass a physical examination and produce a birth certificate. The wearing of eye glasses or certain other minor physical conditions are NOT considered handicaps.
     
  • At the end of the course, students must write an examination and take a flight test with a Transport Canada Inspector or, when designated by Transport Canada, the DFTE (Designated Flight Testing Examiner).


What is required for a Commercial Helicopter Pilot License?

  • You must be 18 years or older.
     
  • You must have completed the following medical requirements in accordance with the Medical Standards for Civil Aviation Personnel Licensing and have received confirmation from Transport Canada that you have passed: a. A medical examination conducted by a Transport Canada designated medical examiner within 12 months preceding the date of issue of the license if you are under 40 years of age, or within 6 months preceding the date of issue if you are 40 years of age or over;

    b. An electrocardiogram with the doctor's written evaluation completed within 24 months preceding the date of issue of the license if you are under 40 years of age, or within 12 months preceding the date of issue if you are 40 years of age or over;

    c. An audiogram completed during the five years preceding the date of issue of the license.
     
  • You will require at least 100 hours of helicopter flight time, of which 35 hours must be solo (including 10 hours solo cross-country flight time). The remainder of the flight time is dual, of which 55 hours must be operational flying, 5 hours instrument flying, and 5 hours navigational training.
     
  • You must pass a flight test with a Transport Canada examiner, demonstrating your ability to fly a helicopter in all normal manoeuvres, including emergency procedures and autorotations.
     
  • You must pass an oral examination which is conducted by an examiner before or after the flight test.

What is required to get a helicopter endorsement on my commercial fixed-wing license?

You must achieve a minimum of 60% on a multiple-choice written exam, mainly on the helicopter theory of flight;

  • You must have at least 60 hours of helicopter flight time, of which a minimum of 37 hours are dual (including 5 hours cross-country) and 23 hours are solo (including 2 hours cross-country);
     
  • You must pass a flight test and ground school oral examination given by a Transport Canada examiner.
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