Although it may appear that because we are new to the flight training market we lack experience. We are pleased to say this is not the case. CHTA’s parent company Zimmer Air Services Inc. has over 30 years experience as a helicopter service provider to a wide array of clients in a number of economic sectors. CHTA will draw upon that experience and infrastructure established over our many years to deliver to you the student, a flight training experience that exceeds your expectations.

What we offer

Our base of operation is the St. Thomas Municipal Airport strategically chosen because of its proximity to larger markets such as London, Kitchener, and Hamilton, and because of its student pilot friendly airport environment.
Our campus administrator, Paul Zimmer has 35 years experience in helicopter operations in Canada and is the current President and Operations Manager for Zimmer Air Services Inc.
Our current fleet consists of two Robinson R-44, one Robinson R22, and one Bell 206B Jet Ranger type helicopters. Although not used for primary flight training we can also provide type endorsements on the Eurocopter AS 350 A-Star and AS 355 Twin-Star.
All of our aircraft are maintained in-house by Zimmer Air Services Aircraft Maintenance Organization, Approval # 157-92. Our full time experienced maintenance staff will ensure maximum aircraft serviceability, and minimal disruptions of your flight training schedule due to aircraft maintenance requirements.
If you would like more information about CHTA please contact us.
Call now to book your INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT  in one of our Robinson R44 Helicopters.

CHTA Management


Paul Zimmer

Central Helicopter Training Academy is operated as a division of Zimmer Air Services Inc. Zimmer Air is a successful commercial aviation helicopter service provider specializing in aerial work operations with offices in Blenheim, Ontario and a sub-base in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Zimmer Air currently operates Robinson R44, Bell 206B, Eurocopter AS350 and AS355 type helicopters. Zimmer Air’s experienced staff of maintenance engineers, pilots and support personnel are available to contribute to CHTA’s success.
Paul Zimmer’s role as Campus Manager for CHTA confirms his commitment to the students by providing highly qualified instructors, FLYIT Professional Helicopter Simulator, the latest model training aircraft, the latest technology in educational tools currently on the market, and construction of a brand new 12,000 sq ft hangar and training facility at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport which was officially opened  on September 24, 2009.