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Commercial Pilot Licence 

 

The Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence allows the holder to fly for hire or reward. A Commercial Pilot may be paid to fly for a charter company or a private individual or company.  Any company or person who offers an aircraft for hire or reward must also hold an Air Operator Certificate. 

The “Enrolment“ page will guide you in starting your training program and provide you with a list of ground school supplies required for the course. 

It is not necessary to obtain a private pilot license prior to commencing training for a commercial helicopter pilot license.  Most CPL-H candidates skip the private pilot training program and start commercial training directly.

 

Requirements 

To obtain a Commercial Helicopter License, candidates with no previous flying experience must:

  • be eighteen years of age (training may commence prior to this age)
  • obtain a Category 1 Aviation Medical from a Transport Canada designated Medical Examiner
  • successfully complete a Regulations and procedures exam for the issue of a Student Pilot Permit
  • obtain a Restricted Radio Operators Permit - Aeronautical
  • accumulate 100 hours of commercial flight training, of which
    - 55 hours must be dual flight instruction
    - 35 hours must be solo flight practice
  • attend 80 hours of commercial ground school
  • achieve 60% on a written Transport Canada examination (CPHEL)
  • demonstrate English language proficiency during a Transport Canada oral exam
  • demonstrate proficiency on a  Transport Canada practical flight test 

Candidates who hold a Commercial Aeroplane Licence will be credited with 40 hours flight time and 60 hours ground school time and must:

  • accumulate 60 hours of commercial helicopter flight training, of which
    - 37 hours must be dual flight instruction
    - 23 hours must be solo flight practice
  • attend 20 hours of commercial helicopter ground school
  • achieve 60% on a Transport Canada written examination (CHRAC)
  • demonstrate proficiency on a Transport Canada practical flight test 

Candidates who hold a Private Helicopter Pilot Licence will be credited with 40 hours flight time and 40 hours ground school time and must:

  • be eighteen years of age
  • obtain a Transport Canada Aviation Category 1 Medical
  • accumulate a further 60 hours of commercial helicopter flight training, of which
    - 37 hours must be dual flight instruction
    - 23 hours must be solo flight practice
  • attend 40 hours of commercial helicopter ground school
  • achieve 60% on a written Transport Canada examination (CPHEL)
  • demonstrate proficiency on a Transport Canada practical flight test 

These flight times are Transport Canada minimum requirements. Some students may require further training depending on his or her progress during the course; however, most students complete the course within the minimum requirement.

 

Commercial Pilot Course Costs (for those with no previous experience) 

  • Flight Training (100 hrs on clients aircraft @ $295 hr): $29,500
  • Ground School: $2,800
  • Books and Materials: $500
  • Exams and Licensing Fees: $285
  • Flight Test (1.5 hours + test fee): $800
  • Total Cost: $33,885 plus tax

 

Commercial Pilot Course Costs (for those who hold a CPL-A or PPL-H)  

  • Flight Training (60 hrs on clients aircraft @ $295 hr): $17,700
  • Ground School: $2,400
  • Books and Materials: $500
  • Exams and Licensing Fees: $285
  • Flight Test (1.5 hours + test fee): $800
  • Total Cost:  $21,685 + tax

Note:

If training is conducted away from our base, the client will be responsible for cost of the instructors travel, accommodation, and meals.