Commercial Helicopter Pilot
Efficient, high-quality flight training, competitive rates and an advancement plan into the commercial world with our tailored graduate program. Our focus is on preparing our students for the next step in the commercial helicopter industry. We carefully select our students for placement on the Graduate Mentoring program in alliance with Exploration Helicopters providing the opportunity to transition into employment at an established utility helicopter operation.
Foothills Helicopter Training Academy utilizes the Robinson R22 and Robinson R44 as its primary training machines. The R44 is likely to be the first helicopter you will fly as a commercial pilot and the R22 helps save cost on your training. This will give you an initial advantage when in competition with those pilots training on non-industry standard equipment. The R44 is well suited to the Western Canadian environment and mountainous terrain. This will provide our students with significant commercial helicopter experience whilst challenging the pilot’s abilities in such areas as power management and differing weather which frequently changes and requires adaptability during flight
We also offer training on the versatile AS350. Choose your training program to suit your budget and give yourself the best possible advantage in the real world of the commercial helicopter pilot.
Here at Foothills Helicopter Training Academy, we believe you deserve the very best available. Our instructors all have extensive commercial pilot experience and mix instruction time with commercial operations which include forestry, oil and gas, mining, aerial surveying and personal charter operations. Our Chief Flight Instructor (CFI), has several thousand hours in instructing initial students through to company training of experienced pilots, in addition to the many thousands of hours in the commercial operating environment and military service.
- Course Length – Course length can vary based on weather but we aim for 5 months.
- Upcoming fulltime classes – September 15, 2022 & March 15, 2023
- Fulltime Class schedule – Monday to Friday 08:00 – 17:00
- Split Training – Training is split between a R22 and a R44
Foothills Helicopter Training Academy offers industry led, real world commercial pilot training, accelerating your career progression with our graduate mentoring program.
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.
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
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.
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!