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Welcome to Breton Air

As Cape Breton’s premier helicopter charter & utility aviation company. We welcome you to explore our site to plan your helicopter or air charters that fit your specific requirements. Our team is well versed in delivering your A to B option as requested.

Services are provided for the Maritimes’ most exclusive lodges, retreats, and golf courses. We offer bespoke excursions to Canada’s most outstanding locations; including world class fly fishing, Sable Island, and the Cape Breton Highlands National Park’s famed autumnal colours.

Come see the unforgettable sights of Nova Scotia’s ocean playground from the air, as viewed by the many eagles that patrol our skies. Our high-performance helicopters provide safe, efficient travel to enjoy the astounding experiences around our rock in the sea. From the rugged coastline of the Cabot Trail to the soft powder sand of our majestic golf courses, we are the charter of choice for the adventurous few.

About us

Our Story

In late 2016, two Royal Canadian Air Force Officers were approached with an opportunity of a lifetime. The need was there for safe, executive, high performance helicopter services for those who set their sights on the Maritime Provinces for adventure, relaxation and all that comes with it. After retirement, Parker Horton and Matt Wallace seized the opportunity and studied market requirements to provide precise helicopter services that the region required. Delivering upon these needs, Breton Air was born.

Based at J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney, Cape Breton, air charter services are offered in concert with Gateway Sydney’s FBO (fixed-based operator), executive lounge, and Maritime Air Charter’s fixed-wing extended reach. Conveniently located for all this island has to offer, including 3 of the top 10 Canadian golf courses, Breton Air is your link to the Links.


mattparkerParker and Matt rely on a robust network of highly qualified ex-RCAF pilots and technicians to provide safe, effective and reliable services to every client of Breton Air. Whether conducting utility lift operations, long-range over-water excursions or VIP transportation in the region, Breton Air’s pilots will have RCAF wings on their chest and a career of experience from flying in harsh environments all over the world. This approach of hiring such well-trained pilots and technicians will be the backbone of safely conducting flight operations.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island respectively, Parker and Matt, have a sound knowledge of the area, along with many connections throughout the region who are eager for the development of Breton Air and services it will provide. This network has grown substantially over a few short years and continues to be the driver, inspiration and litmus of developing Breton Air.


Created with the combined skills of professional pilots, technicians and executives, Breton Air has formed a team of industry leaders in their specific skill sets to form its team.

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Parker Horton


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Matt Wallace

President & Chief Pilot

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Gilbert Laffin

Chief Engineer

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Cody Fraser

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Bell 206LR (Long Ranger)

The Bell 206LR (Long Ranger) single-engine helicopter is optimized for economy, small groups, and romantic excursions. The Long Ranger is a proven passenger charter and utility helicopter with an excellent safety record. With executive seating for five passengers, the helicopter is the ideal platform for airborne sightseeing of Cape Breton’s Highlands. Whether it’s cruise ship tours, heli-fly fishing or golf charters, the Long Ranger is the safe and economical choice for your small party flights.

Bell 206 L4

The Bell 206L-4 single-engine helicopter is optimized for VIP transportation. The L-4 is a proven passenger charter and utility helicopter with an excellent safety record. It bests the LR with more lifting capacity for utility missions and is equipped with emergency floatation devices to carry out short over-water charters to get you where you need to comfortably.

Bell 412HP

Breton Air's Bell 412HP (High-Performance) twin-engine helicopter is customized for passenger comfort and safety. With such a large seating and cargo capacity, it's possible for large groups to arrive en masse, in style. The capability of having a maximum seating configuration of up to 8 passengers with golf clubs and luggage in tow will be beneficial to all resort related travels around the region. The aircraft is equipped with emergency flotation devices which allow for travel to over-water destinations such as Sable Island. The utility capabilities of this machine are unmatched by any other helicopter in the Maritimes.

Sable Island National Park Reserve

Sable Island Story
sable Island

Sable Island, isolated and remote, is a wild and windswept sandbar seemingly emerging out of nowhere amidst a great expanse of sea. As one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands, the shifting sand dunes dominate the landscape, and provide an austere habitat for a surprising abundance of life. The famous Sable Island wild horses roam freely, and the world’s largest breeding colony of grey seals uses its extensive beaches. Plants, birds, and insects have adapted to life on Sable Island, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.

The forces of nature dominate all life here, past and present. It is a place of discovery, a place to escape and be awed by the power of nature. Let your senses guide you through the amazing smells and incredible sights of this special place.

Day Trip Highlights:

  • Pick up/Drop off at CYQY or Cabot Links (Booking Dependant)
  • Aerial tour of the SINPR via helicopter.
  • Wild Horse sightseeing.
  • Grey Seal sightseeing.
  • Rare plants, birds, etc.
  • Guided, informative tours.
  • Professional photographers
  • Lobster Lunch, refreshments, etc.

Day Trip Requirements:

  • Pre-flight biosecurity protocol. All footwear will be disinfected and all clothing must be clean.
  • Aircraft will land at the designated helipad and will be used as our home base.
  • A rustic privy facility will be set-up in the area of the aircraft.
  • Visitors must not enter buildings or areas without permission by Parks Canada staff.
  • Visitors are expected to pack in and pack out everything that they bring to Sable Island, including all garbage and recycling.
  • Facemask for the flight and hand sanitizer.
  • Extra prescription or allergy medications, in the unlikely event that your visit ends up longer than intended.
  • When deciding what to wear, layering is the best approach. It is generally cooler on the Island compared to the mainland, however, you might work up a sweat walking through the sand.
  • Appropriate footwear. The vegetation on the island is quite sharp on the feet so we suggest closed toed footwear that is comfortable for walking and hiking.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses. The UV index on Sable Island can be off the chart (even on cool foggy days)
  • Camera (with spare batteries, cards or film) and binoculars.
  • Credit card if you would like to purchase any official Sable Island Merchandise sold on the island.
  • And last but not least - your sense of adventure!
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Breton Air provides helicopter services from the main base at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia throughout the year. Charters are also available seasonally from our locations at the Ingonish Landing Marina, and at the Sydney Cruise terminal.

Any helicopter charter request from Halifax or elsewhere in the region can easily be accommodated and are handled on a case by case basis with consultation from our Chief Pilot.

Breton Air also provides third-party domestic and international fixed-wing charters. Our team has multiple partnerships with highly professional companies throughout North America to take care of your jet charter requests best suited to your family or group’s requirements.


Breton Air’s fleet of Bell helicopters are capable for a broad range of utility operations including:

  • Forrest Fire Suppression.
  • Photography & Filming.
  • Remote Construction.
  • Remote Surveying.
  • Longline Operations.
  • Backcountry Resupply.

Breton Air provides services to all levels of Government including hangarage and forward base operations from our location at the CYQY airport. Breton Air also holds a National Master Standing Offer (NMSO) for use by any Federal department for helicopter or fixed-wing air charter requests.



Breton Air is based at the J.A. Douglas McCurdy Airport in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

The airport is a short 12-minute drive from Nova Scotia's second largest city which boasts year-round entertainment, local musical talent, fresh seafood, waterfront hotels, cruise ship terminals and even a casino!

Sydney Airport


Gateway Sydney has a full range of FBO services to fulfil all requirements for private aviation.

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Breton Air has entered into partnerships with the three major civil aviation companies in Nova Scotia.

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Contact Us

280 Silver Dart Way
Sydney, Nova Scotia

(902) 615-7536