Age – 18 years +
Flying experience – Helicopter Pilots License
Medical – Class 1 aviation medical exam


  1. Commercial Helicopter Pilots License
  2. Current Category 1 Canadian Medical Examination
  3. Minimum of 100 hours flight time

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    Mountain Helicopter Pilot

    Naturally, helicopters and mountains go hand in hand. Vast terrain not accessible in other ways creates a unique market for helicopter operators and demands a unique skill set from a pilot. Here at Foothills Helicopter Training Academy, our mountain course prepares pilots for the commercial mountain environment.

    Our base, located near the Rocky Mountains, provides the same environment commercial helicopter companies use for their training following the “HAC” (Helicopter Association Canada), approved mountain course. Our Secondary base is located in the heart of Revelstoke British Columbia giving you the full opportunity to take off directly in the Rocky Mountains.

    This prepares students for the challenging environment of winds, weather and the behavior of the machine in mountainous terrain. Instructed by real world Heli-Ski proficient pilots, this ensures the best relevant training available for your next career opportunity.

    Course Details:

    1. Course Length – 20 hours
    2. Upcoming classes – On request
    3. Location – Revelstoke and Okotoks
    4. Class schedule – Daylight hours
    5. Astar 350 – $2200/hr
    6. Robinson R44 – $750/hr

    Mountain Training

    $15,200 - 44,200

    Other Courses

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

    Flex Training

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    Commercial Licence

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    External Load

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    Private Licence

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    This all depends on the type of machine you do your training on. For the Robinson fleet, you are looking at anywhere from $59k to $78K depending on the hours you fly on each.

    Training for your commercial helicopter pilots license can take an average of 4-6 months.

    We do our best to set each and every student up for success, but passing your written exam and flight test comes back onto the student themselves.

    Our operating classroom hours are Monday to Friday 0800 – 1700.

    If you don’t pass your flight test or your written exam you are allowed a retake.

    As we are a registered educational academy, you are able to apply for Alberta student aid to help cover the cost of your tuition.

    Not to worry, if something comes up and you can’t make it to class just let us know and we will catch you up the following day when you come in.

    We supply all the text books and tools that you will need for your training.

    This depends on how much of your training you have completed. You may get a refund of 25% – 100%

    We are located at the airport in Okotoks Alberta.


    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 Heli Pilot

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