Rotorworks offers full time and part time courses with flexible start dates and schedules. Rotorworks works with students on a full time basis and others that are working full time and are completing their training on their time off. The part time training goes well for people that have rotating schedules and a number of days away from work.
The full time course will take 4 - 5 months and the part time course is usually completed within a year depending on scheduling.
Rotorworks has student accommodation in Whitecourt for those that need to travel for their flight training.
Rotorworks promotes our graduates to the helicopter companies in Alberta and Western Canada for employment and have a very good success rate in getting people into the helicopter industry. A number of our graduates are employed by companies in Western Canada.
Introductory Flight: Rotorworks offers an Introductory Flight that includes a walk-around of the helicopter, a pre-flight briefing with a flight where the potential studentflies the helicotper with one of our Instructors. Robinson R22 - $300.00 and Robinson R44 - $600.00.
|Private Pilot Course
||$25,000.00 plus GST
|Commercial Pilot Course
|Commercial with Night Rating
||$6,000.00 plus GST
The above courses include:
- Robinson R22 flight time
- Ground School
- Books and Pilot Supplies
Robinson R44: The Robinson R44 is often the helicopter that pilots will be flying with their first job. The R44 can be substituted for R22 time during the course for an additional $315.00/hour. An endorsement on the R44 will take 10 flight hours and is much more reasonable to obtain during the course than after. We recommend that a student consider this option during the course.
Commercial Pilot Course with R44 Endorsement: R22 - 90 hours & R44 - 10 hours $55,000.00
- 250 hours (approximately) of ground school and ground instruction
- Reference books, maps and materials in the classroom
- Helicopter static displays and parts
- Flight in various types of weather including adverse weather
- Application of theory and exercises for operational flight
- Practice Exams
- Off airport/bush operations
- Practice Flight Test
- Visits to the Flight Service Station at the airport
- Visits to the Aircraft Maintenance Organization
- Visit to Operational Companies
- Mentoring for gaining employment
|Rotorworks ground school and instruction runs every day from our facility at the Whitecourt Airport. The day starts at 8:00 AM and goes to 4:00 PM with time for lunch.
A standard day would include: pre-flighting the helicopters, weather interpretation, pre-flight and post- flight briefings, refuelling the helicopters, assignments, lessons and tests as needed.
Flight Training involves the basic exercises of circuits at the airport, emergency exercises, navigation and confined area work. Landings will be conducted in prepared and unprepared areas, various heli-pads and different airports.
Flights will be conducted in all types of weather as pilots will find themselves working in these environments.
The Transport Canada Exam in written when the student has reached 1/2 their flight hours. Once this is completed there will be time spent working off the airport at the Rotorworks Operational Site. This is where the student will support the helicopter working with drummed fuel and battery operated pumps, covering the helicopters at night and pre-heating them in the morning using small heaters and generators. This will simulate an operational site working away from town and airports.
The last 2 - 3 weeks is spent exercising your flight skills and ground knowledge for your Transport Canada Flight Test. The flight test is normally completed when you are 90 - 95% complete so you have some time to enjoy the last hours of flying. External Load Slinging will be done here if it hasn't already been completed.
|The Transport Canada requirement of 80 hours of ground school is well exceeded with Rotorworks 250 hours of ground instruction.
This is a "Hands On" Course. Rotorworks students will be working with the helicopters, pre-flight inspections, moving in and out of the hanger, fueling, heli-cover installation and removal, pre-heating and other operational tasks.
The Whitecourt area is forested with a variety of confined areas to work with, from oilfield well sites, gravel bars on the Athabasca and McLeod Rivers, swamps and cut-blocks.
Off-airport operations teach the students what to expect in an operational environment.
Rotorworks stays current with the helicopter industry by working with a variety of helicopter companies conducting their required annual training and Pilot Proficiency Checks. These companies have hired our students in the past and continue to do so as needed.
|1. Initial and Recurrent Company Training
2. Pilot Proficiency Checks
3. External Load Training
4. Vertical Reference - Long Line Training
5. Operational Training
6. Off Airport/Bush Operations
7. Canadian Licence Conversions
8. Initial Mountain Training
9. Type endorsements on the Robinson R22, R44, Bell 206 and AStar
10.Training on personal helicopters
11. Private and Commercial Flight Tests