Nicknamed the “Gateway of the North,” North Bay Ontario is a perfect Canadian getaway with its stunning parks, lakes, beaches and winter trail systems. The city originated as a rail yard for the Canadian Pacific Railway and during the Cold War its airport was an important military installation. And for more than 40 years it has been home to Helicopters Canada.
Previously operating as two separate companies at Jack Garland Airport, Helicopters Canada and Essential Helicopters amalgamated under one roof in 2019 to create the Helicopters Canada known today. After both companies had been in business for over 40 years apart, the current owners selected the most experienced, knowledgeable and customer service-focused personnel from each company to form the latest team of professionals and aircraft.
As an approved Transport Canada Flight Training School and Charter company, Helicopters Canada offers a wide range of services in the aviation industry. With a fleet that includes Eurocopter (Airbus) AS350B2, Robinson R44 and Bell 206BIII JetRanger helicopters, they take pride in the ability to take you anywhere in Canada, no matter how remote the location.
In 2013 Helicopters Canada partnered with Canadore College to provide a Commercial Pilot-Helicopter Flight Training program, the only one of its kind in Canada. The program uses Canadore College’s 87,000 sq. ft. training facility paired with operational courses to provide both academic and hands-on training. And as a special bonus, every graduate is honored for accomplishing their first solo flight by getting doused with buckets of ice-cold water.
Flight training is only part of the many services available from this multi-faceted Canadian aviation company. It also specializes in pipeline control, mining and exploration, wildlife survey, fire suppression and several other services which can be achieved in a helicopter. If you want an aerial view of a special event or just want to do some sightseeing from a different view, the company’scharter services can accommodate all your requests.
Sharing its passion for flying with the local community, Helicopters Canada has been providing helicopter rides for many years at events such as the International Plowing Match, Havelock Jamboree, Richmond Fair, the Cranberry Festival and many more.
Helicopters Canada is an approved Transport Canada Aircraft Maintenance Organization and approved Robinson Helicopter Service Center. The AMO certification enables the company to maintain its own aircraft as well as service other aircraft operators.
Commenting on the installation of the Van Horn Aviation 206B Version 2 JetRanger main rotor blades, Director of Maintenance Ken Irvine said, “I can hear the sound change with my Bose on inside and basically set the pitch links in the hover for track, and the blades barely moved at 100…. tabbed at high blade down a ½ degree and that was it, auto revs dialed in easy. [I’m] very impressed with them.”
“The smoothness and handling in flight definitely doesn’t go unnoticed,” says Pilot Mackenzie Morrow. “As the machine that gets used for both heavy-lifting charter work and flight training procedures, the JetRanger has never been more comfortable to fly,” she adds, “These blades have allowed us to get the best performance and most responsiveness from our helicopter.”