About Us

Rotorworks Inc. is located at the Whitecourt Airport, an easy two-hour drive northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Whitecourt has two main industries in the area, oilfield and forestry. These two areas require extensive helicopter support. Whitecourt airport is home year round for 7 helicopter operators as well as many others that operate seasonally here. Rotorworks really is based in the heart of the helicopter industry.

Rotorworks trains our graduates for the operational requirements of the helicopter industry. Our students are active with helicopter preflight and ground handling, refuelling, off airport operations, sling load preparation and hookups, helicopter preheating including winter cover installation and removal.

Rotorworks supports operational helicopter companies with Transport Canada’s Pilot Proficiency Checks and annual training requirements for their company’s pilots. Our students get to meet operational pilots from all over Alberta, British Coloumbia and Manitoba on a regular basis.

Rotorworks Instructors receive annual training from Transport Canada for currency in flying, instructing techniques and regulations to ensure we are offering the best training we can to our students.

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.

Between the three current instructors we are endorsed to fly on Robinson R22, R44, R66, Bell 206, Bell 407, Bell 47, Hughes 500, Astar.


Jim Hofland, 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 had oilfield experience before becoming a helicopter pilot.

Ryan Cluff, the Chief Flight Instructor has been working at Rotorworks since 2006 as an instructor and operational pilot. Ryan works as an instructor from September to June and then flies operational through the summer. Ryan has worked through BC, Alberta and Northern Manitoba.

Sean Pinnington was a student with Rotorworks and started teaching ground school on completion of his license. He is now an instructor from September to June and flies operationally for the summer as an aerial applicator for the forestry industry.

Past Instructors

Kyle Hutchinson was a student at Rotorworks in 2009 and after he graduated he worked part time for Rotorworks and flew with Gemini Helicopters in Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Kyle still lives in Whitecourt and is currently working in the Oilfield industry.

David Buckland was a student with Rotorworks in 2008. David taught ground school flight training. During the summers, David worked as an operational pilot and has worked in Northern Alberta. David has a background in teaching internationally and has gone back overseas.

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 has flown in support of Heli-skiing and the Forest Industry fighting fires. Adam is currently instructing pilots from all over the world at HNZ Topflight including flying and instructing with night vision goggles.