International Students

LR Helicopters Flight Training Academy Canada
Helicopter Pilot License for International Students

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LR Helicopters welcomes international students. We have specifically designed an environment to help English Second Language students and native English speakers realize their goals of becoming helicopter pilots. In many ways, language can be a big barrier, but it is fundamental for a Commercial Pilot to communicate in English over the radio and with customers. Operational 4  is the minimum required level for Transport Canada. (More Information Click Here). However; English language level 6 minimum is mandatory for admission, this exam should be taking with IELTS. (More information click Here)  Please refer to Alberta Advanced Education guideline for proficiency scores (More Information Click Here). LR Helicopters goes beyond normal flight and ground training by offering international students:

  • Assistance English second language courses if required
  • Assistance with the paperwork necessary for student visa’s
  • Assistance finding suitable accommodation

Our staff includes speakers proficient in French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Spanish which can help you better communicate your needs or and problems (to be away from home it is not always an easy task and we do appreciate it) however all ground and flight instruction will be provided in English.
Please contact us directly so we can customize your training as differences between countries may change the requirements.

Conversions for international PHPL and CHPL

At LR Helicopters, we welcome International Private and Commercial Pilots. We can guide you and support you through all necessary steps to convert your foreign license into a Canadian license.

Please contact us directly for this service as differences between countries may change the requirements.

There is no better time to train in Canada! With the low exchange rate we can provide cost effective training for Canadian licenses together with support and ground school for FAA and EASA licenses. Contact us today for further details!

Support for international students
Medical requirements

Both the commercial and the private licences require a medical examination by an approved Transport Canada Medical Examiner (CAME). For commercial licence, a class 1 medical is required and for the private licence, a class 3 is required. The medicals includes a complete physical,eyesight exam,hearing exam, and EKG. Eyesight must meet the requirement set out by Transport Canada but does not have to be “natural”. The eyesight may be “corrected” to the required standards. All medicals should be completed prior to the commencement of flight training.

LR Helicopters recommends the services of:

M.D. Brendan Adams
YBW Aeromedical Clinic
Unit A 152 MacLaurin Drive T3Z 3S4
(403) 269-5323
Fax (403) 264-5362
M.D. Katherine A Helleur
The Airfield Clinic YYC
Suite 105A (upstairs)
5621 11 Street NE Calgary AB
T2E 6Z7
(403) 275 7705
Fax (403) 275 7701


Student Visa

The immigration process can be difficult for foreign students and may change on a regular basis. Please see the latest requirements for foreign students here. You must meet the requirements of Canada Immigration Citizenship (CIC) criteria.

In order to study in Canada, you will need to obtain a Canadian study permit, which serves as a Canadian student visa for the duration of your stay. You do not need a Canadian study permit if your course or program lasts six months or less. Nonetheless, it may be a good idea to apply for a permit before you come to Canada anyway, otherwise if you decide you want to continue your studies in another program, you will need to leave Canada to apply for a study permit through a visa office.

Once you have a Canadian study permit, you can apply to renew it from within Canada if you decide to continue your studies. For full-time students registered at an accredited higher education institution, (L R HELICOPTERS holds this status), a study permit also allows you to work part-time on campus. You may also be able to work off-campuswork as a co-op or intern as part of your program, stay in Canada as a permanent resident or find work after you graduate.

We recommend the services of:

Phoenix Legal
2333 18 Ave N.E, Suite 236 Calgary, AB T2E 8T6
Tel: 403.568.3588
Fax: 403.568.3588
Zemp Law Group
Suite 401, 1110 Centre Street NE
Calgary, AB
Tel: 403 246 2692

CIC Choosing a representative


Canadian Immigration lawyers

L R HELICOPTERS are a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). With this designation, foreign students are eligible to enroll at L R Helicopters.

Please use this number DLI 019257308652 in your application


L R HELICOPTERS is situated on the Springbank Airport site west of Calgary. There is no public transport to Springbank, therefore your own transport is required. This allows students to choose in what area they live. Some may choose the hustle and bustle of downtown Calgary with its lively nightlife, bars and restaurants. Others may choose the suburbs or even the nearby mountain town of Canmore. We will help you select the most appropriate accommodation for your needs and your budget. Wherever you choose to live, you can be sure of spectacular scenery, challenging flying and the natural beauty that the Rockies and the national parks have to offer.

Our location is ideal for both entertainment and recreation. Calgary has a big city night life as well as many cultural events throughout the year (downtown Calgary event calendar). If the great outdoors is more your thing, you will be spoilt with the abundant choices you have. From walking and hiking, skiing and snowboarding, hunting and fishing, climbing or just a drive to see the spectacular scenery, it’s all here on your doorstep. So much choice, endless possibilities, choosing your new place to live might just be the hardest thing to do!

Below are links for you to explore accommodation that may be available. You should remember that Calgary has an ever changing economic environment and that availability and cost may vary significantly with location.

Kijiji Calgary
Rent Faster Calgary
Got to rent Calgary
Zoeken Calgary

Please contact us directly so we can customize your requirement.