Private Flying

Overview

Becoming a private pilot requires only to obtain your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). The duration of training for your PPL is dependent upon how you plan it, and can be completed in as little as 6 weeks if taken full time. The PPL training program combines in-plane training as well as learning in a classroom setting during ground-school. A PPL can be endorsed with additional ratings that allow you to fly with other equipment or under different conditions.

Prerequisites
Prior to starting your training to become a Private Pilot, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 14 years old to obtain Student Pilot Permit
  • Minimum 17 years old to obtain Private Pilots Liscence
  • Working knowledge of the English Language
Requirements
Flight training for the Private Pilot Licence will consist of a minimum of 45 hours of flight training including:

  • 17 hours dual, including 5 hours Instrument Training, 3 hours Cross-country,
  • 12 hours solo, including 5 hours Cross-country (min 150NM from home base with 2 stops away).

Please keep in mind that the flight training times listed are minimums. Very few candidates are able to meet flight test standards after 45 hours of flight. Budget for 60 hours as a more realistic number.

Other requirements include:

  • A Pre Solo written test – PSTAR (administered on site)
  • A Restricted Radio Operators Certificate (administered on site)
  • An Aviation Language Proficiency Test (administered on site)
  • Class 1 or 3 medical obtained from a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner
  • A minimum of 40 hours groundschool including instruction on (Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation and Aeronautical General Knowledge)
  • A Transport Canada Written Test with a 60% pass mark
  • A Transport Canada Flight Test