Providing safe operations and premium service is our
number one mandate.


To provide the best possible training and instruction for individuals seeking employment within the commercial helicopter industry.

Specialized in custom flight training programs to transition students into the real-world commercial environment.

Partnered with Exploration Helicopters our focus is to fill the training gap in the rotary wing world from 100 hr pilot to commercial pilot. Our instructors actively work in the industry to prepare students for much more than passing the commercial flight test.

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Foothills Helicopter Training Academy offers industry led, real world commercial pilot training, accelerating your career progression with our graduate mentoring program.

Flight Training

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Commercial Licence

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Flex Training

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External Load

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Private License

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Familiarization Flight (FAM)

Whether you are interested in starting your career as a helicopter pilot, or simply interested in what it takes to fly a helicopter, our FAM flight is your ticket!  You can sit in the pilot’s seat and experience hands on what it is like to fly a helicopter under the supervision of a professional flight instructor. Your instructor will explain the operational systems of the helicopter. Prior to your flight, you will receive a flight briefing outlining the official safety training on the Robinson R44.

Photo Flights

Operated by
commercial pilots

Capture the perfect shot from above with our aerial photography flight services. Unique perspectives from above make for great marketing material.


Operated by
commercial pilots

Helicopter Training Academy offers scenic flights of Calgary area. Located just minutes from the Rocky Mountains our scenic tours offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding Calgary area. We are able to provide a large selection of tours including:

  • Heli fishing.
  • Mountain tours.
  • City tours.
  • Weddings and engagements at various locations.
  • Picnics in remote places or on a mountain peak.

Not sure what or where you would like to go? We will help you tailor your tour for your special occasion.


Here’s what our happy graduates have to say about our services:

I began my training at Foothills Heli in October 2020 and finished in March 2021.

Thanks to the great instructors and foothills operational connections I landed a job right after I graduated.

Shane, AAA Heli Pilot

I’m so thankful that I went to FHTA for my CHPL. The small class size makes for a personalized learning experience where everyone truly wants you to succeed. From trying out long-lining, night flying and landing on mountain tops, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience

Andrea , Access Heli Pilot

I could not have wished for a better experience than what I had at Foothills Helicopter Training Academy. FHTA provided thorough flight training, an intimate classroom setting, competent ground/flight instructors and a friendly, supportive environment. The program provides a comprehensive, bridged version of the heavily, loaded subject of helicopter flying.

Stephanie, Access Heli Pilot

I always felt that I was a top priority to all of the instructors and staff, the environment at Foothills Helicopter Training Academy made it a breeze to get into my dream career!

Chase, Commercial Helicopter Pilot