Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence Calgary Alberta Canada

The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence or CHPL course is for individuals looking to fly helicopters as a career. You will be able to fly helicopters for a company and receive compensation for your work. This course requires no previous knowledge or experience in fixed or rotary wing aircraft. However, applicants with their fixed-wing Commercial or ATPL license and military equivalences can receive credits towards their Commercial Helicopter License.

L R HELICOPTERS CHPL course will equip you with the experience and ability to enter the commercial world of the helicopter pilot. You will be “industry ready”, significantly reducing the amount of additional training required by any prospective employer.

Consider carefully your school, your investment, and your opportunities. Do you have what it takes to be a commercial pilot? More importantly, do you have what it takes to be a true professional helicopter pilot?

Join our CHPL course now for your chance to kick start your future not just your dreams!

For those students who complete the CHPL, our graduate program may provide the opportunity for employment after the flight school.


Eighteen years of age.

Medical Fitness

Valid Category 1 Medical Certificate.


None (no previous flight experience)

Minimum of 80 hours commercial pilot helicopter ground school instruction, on the following subjects:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Human factors including pilot decision-making;

Obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas as well as in the overall written examination Commercial Pilot Licence – Helicopter (CPHEL):

  • Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence
  • Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory
  • Meteorology
  • Aeronautics – General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems and theory of flight
  • Instruments and flight operations.

A minimum of 100 hours pilot flight time in helicopters, of which a minimum of 35 hours pilot-in-command flight time, including 10 hours cross-country pilot-in-command flight time; and 55 hours dual instruction flight time under the direction and supervision of the holder of a flight Instructor Rating-Helicopter, including:

  • 5 hours cross-country flight time
  • 10 hours of dual instrument flight time, using suitable radio navigational facilities to complete elementary navigation procedures and two-way radio to comply with Air Traffic Control procedures and clearances, including a minimum of 5 hours in helicopters. A maximum of 5 hours of the 10 hours may be conducted on an approved helicopter simulator or flight training device.
  • 35 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying ability and skill, including a cross-country flight to a point a minimum of 2 hours flight time at normal cruising speed from the point of departure including a minimum of 3 landings at points other than the point of departure.

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the licence, the applicant must successfully complete a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard Private and Commercial Pilot Licences – Helicopters (TP3077E). Note: The licence is issued restricted to daylight flying.

Course Outline

Ground School Flight Training Instruction
Instructions Dual Solo
Air Law and Procedures 20 Familiarization 0.5
Airframe, Engine and Systems 10 Preparation for flight 0.5
Theory of Flight 20 Effects of Controls 0.5
Meteorology 20 Airspeed and Power changes straight and level flight 1.0
Instruments 5 Climbs and Descents 1.0
Navigation General 10 Turns 1.0
Navigation Radio Aids 10 Autorotations 1 (upper air) 1.0
Flight Operations 20 Hovering 2.0
Human Factors 10 Take Off / Landings 2.0 2.0
Reviews 10 Hovering Exercises 2.0 3.0
Total 135 Engine Failure 1.0
Transitions 2.0 1.0
Autorotations 2 (Landings) 5.0
Emergencies 3.0
The Circuit 3.0 5.0
Sideways and Rearwards Flight 1.0 1.0
Steep Turns 1.0 1.0
Autorotations 3 (Range Variations) 3.0
Practice Forced Approaches 2.0
Pilot Navigation 5.0 10.0
Rapid Deceleration 1.0
Low Level Operations 1.0
Sloping Ground 1.0 1.0
Advanced Take-Offs and Landings 3.0 1.0
Confined Areas 5.0 8.0
Vortex Ring 1.0
Practical Loading and Maximum Weight Operations 1.0
Sling Load Operations 3.0
Type Conversion
Instrument Flying 5.0
Reviews  7.0  2.0
(minimum requirement 100 Hours) Total Hours 65.0 35.0