Private Licence

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Hundreds of successful graduates are now flying as helicopter pilots in Canada and internationally. Whether flying someone else’s machine interests you, or you would rather have your own, we can help you find exactly what you’re looking for. We are an approved Transport Canada Flight Training Unit and can teach you how to fly on our helicopters or yours! Our experience and skilled instructors ensure you are receiving the highest level of training and will fully prepare you for the wonderful convenience of aviation!

Grant RossChief Flight Instructor

Our Location

A short 3.5 hour drive from either Toronto or Ottawa, the city of North Bay is a popular year-round destination. With a population of 54,000, this city offers plenty of activities, amenities and services to meet your needs. North Bay is nestled in between two beautiful bodies of water, Lake Nipissing and Trout Lake, offering a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Our countless lakes, rivers, forests, and trails provide endless outdoor activity including camping, swimming, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and much more! Whether you prefer soaking in the sun at the beach or taking in the view of the city while downhill skiing, there are activities for all seasons and all interests. The City of North Bay provides regularly-scheduled bus services to our aviation campus and student residence to access our facilities. Having both a college and university ensures there are numerous quality student housing opportunities available as well. We could go on but why not see for yourself!

Our Airspace

Jack Garland Airport in North Bay is one of the largest Flight Service Stations in Canada. The airport is equipped with a modern NAV Canada “Tower”, weather reporting, radar and all instrument approach aids. This is something our students get to experience first-hand during a tour of the tower to meet the people behind the voices they hear every day on the radio. The airport is located within minutes of rugged heavily forested crown land containing multitudes of lakes, rock faces and swamps, giving the student access to unlimited training exercises such as confined areas, elevated pad landings, intricate map and compass navigation – all ideal for practicing helicopter operations. The close proximity of our facilities to the training areas, and not needing to wait on the ground or in the air for air traffic control clearances, ensures our students are not wasting valuable time and resources during each and every flight.

Our Aircraft

Bell 206 Jet Ranger

The Bell 206 Jet Ranger is the turbine helicopter of choice for the industry with a safety record that is unsurpassed in both flight training and operational applications.

Technical Specifications
  • Cruise Speed: 115 mph
  • Pax: 3
  • Internal Payload: 1300 lbs
  • External Payload: 800 lbs
  • Range (Full Fuel): 250 miles

Robinson R44

The Robinson R44 provides excellent reliability, responsive handling and performance, making it the ideal piston helicopter for a variety of applications.

Technical Specifications
  • Cruise Speed: 100 mph
  • Pax: 3
  • Internal Payload: 780 lbs
  • External Payload: 600 lbs
  • Range (Full Fuel): 250 miles