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Our Well Maintained & Modern Fleet
With a showcase fleet of over 15 aircraft, Chinook Aviation Group is the largest flight training facility in Canada. As Canada’s premier flight training facility, the company provides a full spectrum of basic and specialized advanced flight and ground training to the global community since 1982.
Rotary Wing Air Craft :: Helicopters
Helicopter industry operators positively endorse the use of the Bell 47 for training because of its larger size and because it is a more acceptable training platform from which to advance to the working turbine helicopter. Because of the low power to high weight ratio of the Bell 47, students must learn to be very accurate at controlling the helicopter, which results in a greatly increased skill and proficiency level.
Chinook uses three Bell 206B/B3 JetRanger turbine helicopter trainers (C-GHHF, C-GGNC and C-GINV) for type endorsements, instrument ratings, mountain training, and advanced helicopter operations training. The 206 has the advantage of being a comparably low cost turbine helicopter that has direct application in the industry.
Students taking our commercial helicopter license course have the choice to fly any combination of the Bell 47, Robinson R44, and Bell 206B to complete their licence. There are many factors that affect a student’s decision as to which helicopter types to fly and we have found the choice is often financially motivated. The piston helicopters offer training prices that are noticeably less costly than the turbine training, however, a turbine type rating opens new opportunities in the industry. In addition to the basic flight training, choosing either the Bell 206 or R44 gives you access to learning advanced flight operations as their in-flight capabilities are greater than the Bell 47.