About Us

who we are and what we do


Welcome to Essential Helicopters, an approved Transport Canada Flight Training School and Charter company located in North Bay, Ontario. Essential Helicopters offers a variety of helicopter services that includes Flight Training, Charter and Maintenance. We’re partnered with Canadore College to provide a one-of-a-kind College Pilot Preparedness Certificate program in Commercial Helicopter Pilot Training. The only flight training program of its kind in Canada!

Partnered with

40 Years in Aviation


Canadore College’s Aviation Campus is home to top of the line, industry-standard training tools and dedicated staff and faculty. The 87,000 sq. ft. training facility is ideally located at North Bay’s Jack Garland Airport. The campus is a state-of-the-art facility, which provides students with classrooms, resource centers, cafeteria, meeting rooms and student lounge.  The Commercial Pilot – Helicopter Flight Training Program’s unique curriculum provides students with the benefits of a college education combined with practical instruction. This blend of academic, operational and hands-on training gives students a balanced program unlike any other.

Where we fly


The North Bay Airport is one of the best flight training locations in Canada. The airport is equipped with a modern NAV Canada Flight Service Station, Radar and all instrument approach aids. The airport is located within minutes of rugged heavily forested land, ideal for helicopter training. The close proximity of our facilities to the training areas ensures our students are not wasting valuable flying time getting to the practice areas.

Where we're located

Our Neighbourhood

A short 3 ½ 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 lakes, Lake Nippissing and Trout Lake, offering a wide variety of recreation opportunities. The city provides regularly-scheduled bus services to our aviation campus so students are able to access our facilities. Having both a college and university ensures there are numerous student housing opportunities available.

Where we work


Essential Helicopters offers services anywhere across Canada such as mountain flying, crew transport, internal/external cargo loads, photography and videography, air surveys, mining and exploration, float operations, drill moves, camp support, aerial construction, fire suppression and so much more.  Our safe and experienced pilots, crews, management team and nationwide connections allow us to satisfy our clients through aircraft and equipment most suitable to any job’s specific needs.  Essential Helicopters provides remote area access for environmental programs, surveys, geo-technical studies, engineering works and everything else that only helicopters can get you to!

Learn more about where we can work for you by clicking on the map to the left!  If you don’t see your location listed, we would love to add it to our repertoire!