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Long-Line External Load Training 


At the completion of our long-lining course the candidate will be able to safely conduct long-line external load operations using vertical reference techniques.  The candidate will gain experience using 50-foot and 100-foot length long lines with a remote hook.

Candidates will learn to deliver a remote hook within reach of the receiver and to conduct long-line operations with a loaded line. The candidate will also have the opportunity to learn how to use a water bucket on a 100-foot long-line for fire fighting operations.

The course consists of 3 hours ground school, 6  hours dual flight instruction and 4 hours solo practice.


Ground school consists of the following topics:

  • Pertinent Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • External load equipment standards
  • Pre-flight inspection of equipment
  • Sling load rigging techniques
  • Hook and load delivery techniques
  • Hook and load stabilization techniques
  • Ground crew briefing considerations
  • Safety procedures
  • Flight and load limitations of the aircraft and equipment
  • Aircraft performance
  • Weight and balance considerations
  • The hazards associated with long-line operations 

The 6 hours of dual flight training will include:

  • Pre-flight checks and long-line attachment procedures
  • Before take-off safety checks
  • Helicopter and long-line lift-off techniques
  • Departure procedures with long-line and load attached
  • Load stabilization techniques during departure
  • Hook and load delivery techniques
  • Engine failure procedures and other emergency procedures
  • Hook and load stabilization techniques during approach and delivery
  • Maximum performance techniques during takeoff and delivery
  • Precision placement techniques
  • Load placement practice using 50-foot and 100-foot lines
  • Pick-up and delivery of water using a water bucket (100-foot line)
  • Log flying techniques (heli-logging) 

The 4 hours of solo practice will include practice delivering an empty hook, barrel slinging and water bucketing.



  • 10 hours flight training in clients aircraft @ $310 per hour: $3,100
  • Study material: $50
  • Ground school: $1,200
  • Total: $4,350 + tax 


Client will be responsible for the costs of travel, accommodation, and meals if training is conducted away from base.