Flight Training

Rotorworks offers full time and part time courses with fixed and flexible start dates and schedules. The part time training works well for people that have rotating schedules and a number of days away from work such as working for a week or two and getting a week or two off. 

Rotorworks full time courses start every September and February/March (Spring Breakup). A number of our students work the winter and come in for the spring course when their work is slow or shut down as the frost comes out of the ground in the bush.

The full time course will take 4 - 5 months and the part time course is usually completed within a year depending on scheduling.  
 
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.

Accommodations: Rotorworks has student accomodations in Whitecourt. This is a furnished newer house with 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen and laundry facilities.

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 student flies the helicotper with one of our Instructors. Robinson R22 - $367.50 and Robinson R44 - $682.50. 5% GST is included.

Course Flight Time Price
Private Pilot Course 45 hours $25,500.00 plus GST
Commercial Pilot Course 100 hours $53,500.00
Commercial with Night Rating 110 hours $59,000.00
Night Rating 10 hours $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 $300.00/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     $56,500.00

Course:
  • 150 - 200 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 conditions; snow, wind, mist.
  • Application of theory and exercises for operational flight
  • Practice Exams prior to the Transport Canada Written Exam
  • Off airport/bush operations
  • Practice Flight Tests prior to the Transport Canada 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

Course Structure
Rotorworks ground school and instruction runs Monday to Friday from our facility at the Whitecourt Airport. The day starts at 8:00 AM and goes to 4:00 PM with time for lunch. Saturdays require advance notice for any training and Sundays we are closed.

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 in off airport operations. 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 conditons. 

The Transport Canada Exam is 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.
 
Our Advantage
The Transport Canada requirement of 80 hours of ground school is well exceeded with Rotorworks ground school and 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 from logging operations. 

Off-airport operations teach the students what to expect in an operational environment.

Rotorworks stays current with the helicopter industry by working with a number 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 additional pilots are needed.
 
Other Training 
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, AStar and other as needed.
10.Training on personal helicopters
11. Private and Commercial Flight Tests
12. Aviation Language Proficiency Tests