Safety Record

Heli-College Canada has never had a student injury during training.

At
Heli-College Canada, the safe and skilful completion of your training course is our primary concern. Here are just some of the steps we have taken to ensure that this is possible.

The Robinson R22 Beta

FACT: The most recent statistics show that the Robinson R22 helicopter has had fewer accidents per hour flown than any other light helicopter.

R22 Beta HelicopterHeli-College Canada
has carefully chosen the Robinson R22 Beta, two-place piston-engine helicopter, as our primary training aircraft. Just one of the many reasons we have decided to use this particular aircraft, is its potential to be one of the safest light training aircraft manufactured today when flown in a safe, responsible manner.

With over 4400 R22s and 4800 R44s registered around the world, the Robinson Helicopter Company has now manufactured more of these helicopters than any other production run in the history of helicopter aviation. Unlike some training models, this helicopter is still in active production. In fact, Robinson has recently doubled the size of its production facility in Torrance, California. Many new advances in helicopter design safety have been made in recent years, and Robinson has tried to incorporate as many of these as possible into their helicopters.

Caution Panel

Governor on CollectiveThe R22's modern design has included safety features such as gearbox temperature and metal chip warning systems, low rotor RPM warning systems, a rotor brake, and a low RPM starter lockout system. These systems work together to reduce the possibility that a student might inadvertently damage an aircraft, or be caught flying an aircraft with a dangerous defect present.

An RPM governor system that virtually eliminates potential over and under-speed problems, is now standard equipment on all Robinson aircraft. Engine

The Lycoming O-320 engines are well proven in the aviation industry with millions of hours of safe operation behind them. This particular engine model is rated at 160 Horsepower, even though standard operations in the R22 only require 124 Horsepower on a continuous basis. This means that a greater power safety margin (than similar light training helicopters) is available to the pilots in case an unusual situation requires it. It also means that the R22's "Sea Level performance" is preserved to a higher altitude than most of its competitors in the market.

What this all boils down to is ...
improved aircraft safety while you are in the training environment.

Maintenance

A safe aircraft is only as good as its ongoing maintenance program. We operate only top quality, well maintained aircraft. We have our own maintenance contractors to ensure that aircraft are kept in proper operating condition. In addition, a large stock of spare parts is on hand to ensure that a minimal amount of down time occurs when maintenance is required. A policy of zero tolerance for defects affecting airworthiness is followed at all times. Only certified aviation fuel is used in our aircraft.

Safety EquipmentSPH5 Helmets

We encourage our students to wear safety helmets while training. We also can provide custom made helmets to our students at a reasonable cost, if desired.

Safety Procedures

All flights are signed out from Heli-College base through a Transport Canada approved "flight watch" system. The progress of both dual and solo flights is closely monitored. All flights have complete pre and post flight briefings. These procedures help to ensure that a student will not attempt an exercise during a solo flight, that they are not fully prepared for. Proper survival equipment, a GPS Tracking Device, and an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) are carried on board the aircraft when flights take place over remote areas during training. We also encourage our students to participate in an excellent water ditching survival course that is available locally.