About Us

Rotorworks Inc. is located at the Whitecourt Airport, an easy two-hour drive northwest of Edmonton towards the city of Grande Praire, Alberta. Whitecourt, Alberta has a population of 10,000 and the main industries in the area are the oilfield and forestry, two areas that use helicopters.

Rotorworks aim is to ready their graduates for the operational requirements of the helicopter industry. Rotorworks students are active with helicopter preflight and handling, refuelling, off airport operations, helicopter preheating including winter cover installation and removal.

Rotorworks supports operational helicopter companies in Alberta and British Columbia with Transport Canada's Pilot Proficiency Checks and other annual training requirements for their company's pilots.

Rotorworks keeps their instructors current with the changes in the industry and equipment. All of Rotorworks instructors have attended the Robinson Helicopter Safety Course at the factory. Each year Rotorworks Instructors attend annual training for currency in flying, instructing techniques and regulations.

Courses attended by Rotorworks personnel include: factory training courses for Robinson, Eurocopter and Bell Helicopters, Transport Canada Pilot Decision Making, Company Aviation Safety Officer, Company Safety and Risk Managements, Safety Management System Program.

Jim Hofland, the Chief Flight Instructor started flying helicopters in 1987 and has been doing operational flight training since 1989. He has been the Chief Pilot for Airborne and other companies working in support of the oilfield and forest industries across western and northern Canada. He started Rotorworks Inc. helicopter flight training in 2002. Jim worked in the oilfield before becoming a helicopter pilot.   Ryan Cluff has been working at Rotorworks since 2006 as an instructor and operational pilot. Ryan works as an instructor from September to June and then goes operational through the summer. Ryan has worked through BC, Alberta and Northern Manitoba.   David Buckland has been instructing with Rotorworks since 2008. David is the main ground school instructor and supports the flight training. During the summers, David works as an operational pilot and has been working in Northern Alberta. David has a background in teaching internationally.

  Adam Sloan started with Rotorworks in 2004 and worked with us as an Instructor for 3 years before doing general charter for various helicopter companies. Adam's busy time is in the winter when he works in support of Heli-skiing, and the summer when he supports the Forest Industry fighting fires.    

Some of the companies and services we work with:

Nav Canada

Helicopter Association of Canada

Robinson Helicopter Company


Woodlands County

Helicovers Whitecourt

Ridge Rotors Inc.

Kluane Airways Ltd.

Gemini Helicopters Inc.
Black Hawk Helicopters Inc.

Airborne Energy Solutions