European Licence (AEC)


the entire world

Hours of flight
Theory Hours
Months of learning

Because employment in the aeronautics industry is becoming more global, Helicraft offers complete and international training to work anywhere in the world : A.E.C Program.


Helicraft’s A.E.C program allows you to obtain a Canadian commercial helicopter pilot license while preparing for the European (EASA) and American (FAA) license.
With more than 1180 hours of courses spread over 20 months, this training is tailored to the actual industry requirements and prepares you for your first job.


After 20 months of study, you will graduate and obtain:

  • The Canadian Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • The European Theoretical License of Helicopter Line Pilot (ATPL (H) VFR Theoretical EASA).
  • The American Commercial Pilot License (FAA CPL) by equivalency and subject to the minimum flight hours.

During the first 8 months, you will complete the 100 flight hours and 80 hours of theory required to reach the minimum of Canadian CPL, and finally obtain your commercial pilot license.

You will then join one of our three annual sessions in JanuaryMay or September to start the ATPL (H) European VFR module.

The 12-month training includes 1070 hours of theory. A third of the theory is given in the form of a classroom course, the rest is e-learning.
The student will also follow practical workshops, in order to effectively apply his acquired skills in the classroom.


By creating the A.E.C, we want to offer a new kind of training course, adapted to the requirements of the recruiters of tomorrow. Developed in partnership with several European and Canadian helicopter companies, this training course perfectly meets their current needs.

With a course volume multiplied by 10, our students are better trained than pilots coming out of more classical training structures. The theoretical program goes beyond management skills, and includes professionalizing modules, such as first aid training, management training & business relations, and in-depth meteorological and mechanical courses. Our students master the different facets of the profession, and possess unprecedented knowledge, sought after by professionals.

To learn, they benefit from an e-learning platform implementing the latest technologies and accessible at all times. Developed by Air-Espace, this system allows greater flexibility in teaching and facilitates personalized follow-up with the student. This platform is now adopted and recognized worldwide by many renowned companies (KLM, Air-Glaciers, Easyjet, Swiftcopters).

For Canadian students, A.E.C is also an opportunity to obtain a diploma recognized by the Ministère de l’Éducation at an accredited college. This certifies that the quality of the training meets the highest standards of training imposed by national public institutions.

For foreign students, the A.E.C can be an indispensable step towards your life goals. If you wish to establish yourself in Canada, the EA is a diploma necessary to obtain a permanent resident visa.
And since the course volume of our A.E.C is over 900 hours, you will receive a post-graduate visa allowing you to stay in Canada for 40 months. Hélicraft is the only pilot school in Quebec to offer you this advantage.

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Category 1 Aeronautical Medical Certificate
  • Satisfy evaluation interview
  • Have a good English level

For Canadian students:

  • Have interrupted your studies for at least two consecutive sessions or one academic year.
  • Have completed at least one year of post-secondary study over a period of one year or more.
    You are also eligible for an AEC if you have a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or a Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP), as long as the program provides technical training in one area for which there is no program leading to the Diploma of College Studies.

Theorical Class:

  • Air Law and Procedures.
  • Meteorology.
  • Radio.
  • Human Factors
  • Risk management.
  • Principle of flight – Physics.
  • Principle of flight – Systems and instrumentation.
  • Principle of flight – GPS.
  • Flight performance – Graph and management tools.
  • Flight performance – Case study.
  • Flight Planning and helicopter inspection.
  • Daytime piloting.
  • Theory, planning, preparation and piloting at night.
  • Aerial work.


Workshops :

  • Introduction to the helicopter pilot job.
  • Communication, teamwork and decision making.
  • Risk prevention, hazardous materials.
  • First Aid Training.
  • Truck and forklift driving
  • Survival camp and procedures.
  • Customer Relationship and Entrepreneurship.

60h in dual-command including :

  • 5h travel flight
  • 10h instrument flight
  • 5h night flight

40h solo flight including :

  • 10h navigation
  • 3h travel flight
  • 5h flight simulator with an instructor
  • 5h night flight

Questions / Answers

The CPL is the Commercial Pilot’s degree, permitting the commercial operation in visual flight condition of any aircraft capable of accommodating up to 8 passengers. These helicopters account for about 80% of the world market and if you intend to pursue a career as an instructor or bush pilot, this is enough.

ATPL is the Airline Pilot’s degree, authorizing the commercial operation of any aircraft, whatever its tonnage, and whatever the flight conditions. To become an off-shore (oil platform) or medical rescue pilot, fly on heavy or crewed helicopters, this degree is required.

In recent years, European legislation on helicopter flights has become more and more demanding. It is likely that the ATPL (H) will become a prerequisite for any European commercial pilot in the years to come. By passing the ATPL (H) directly, you avoid the risk of being under-graduated to exercise your trade in Europe. Moreover, the PLC contains 11 theoretical modules to be validated, the ATPL contains 14 modules. The difference in knowledge volumes is therefore relatively low, and it is interesting to validate all the 14 modules at once.

Training Schedule

Pratique (10 months)

Drapeau Canadien

CPL (8 months)

Drapeau Europe

ATPL (12 months)

Visa (40 months)

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