Pilot License Options

Depending on what you want to do with your flying career, there are many different options to grow as a pilot, and begin to fly. Everything from a recreational to commercial rating, and all in-between.

Recreational Pilot’s License

The recreational license is the quickest way to get into the world of aviation. With a minimum of only 25 hours of flying required, students can get their recreational license in two to three months.
This license allows you to fly most single engine, piston aircraft anywhere in Canada during the day, in good conditions with a maximum of one passenger on board.
Applicants must be 14 to fly solo for the first time, and 16 to get their license, but can start training at any age. Students must have a valid class 4, 3, or 1 Canadian Aviation medical certificate.
If the holder of a recreational license decides they want to have a few more privileges as a pilot, the private license is the next step.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 14 Years of age to solo, 16 years to obtain Recreational Pilot Permit
  • Successfully complete Category 4, 3 or 1 Medical Exam

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • 25 Hours total flying time, with a minimum of:
  • 15 hours with instructor, including 2 hours cross country.
  • 5 hours solo.
  • Flight Test
  • Transport Canada Written Exam

Private Pilot’s License

The private license is the first step into an aviation career, or the path to follow if you want a few more privileges than a recreational license offers. With a private license, you can fly any single engine piston aircraft anywhere in Canada and the US during the day, in good conditions, as well as continue on to the commercial license and all the ratings. The 45 hours of flying needed to get the private license are counted towards the commercial license if students continue their flight training.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 14 Years of age to solo, 17 years to obtain Private Pilot License
  • Successfully complete Category 3 or 1 Medical Exam

TRANSPORT CANADA MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • 45 Hours total flying time, with a minimum of:
  • 17 hours with instructor, including 3 hours cross country and 5 hours instrument flying.
  • 12 hours solo, including 5 hours cross country.
  • 40 hours Ground School
  • Flight Test
  • Transport Canada Written Exam

Commercial Pilot’s License

The commercial license is the first license that allows you to work as a pilot in Canada. To get the license, students need a total of at least 200 hours of flying experience, including the hours flown in acquiring previous licenses and ratings. With a commercial license in your pocket and a few more hours of experience, you are ready to move on to the Airline Transport Pilots License (ATPL), which will allow you to work as an airline pilot.

Most Career Track pilots choose to combine the Night, Multi-Engine and Instrument Ratings with the Commercial training, so when you reach 200 hours you can be ready to start your first flying job. Below is what the commercial training would look like.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • 16 Years of age to begin training, 18 years to obtain Commercial Pilot License
  • A valid private license.
  • Successfully complete Category 1 Medical Exam.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • 200 Hours total flying time, with a minimum of:
  • 100 hours pilot-in-command.
  • 35 hours with instructor, including 5 hours cross country (2 of which must be at night)
  • 20 hours instrument time acquired after private license (10 hours may be logged in a simulator)
  • 30 hours solo training, (5 of which must be at night)
  • 20 hours pilot-in-command cross country
  • Cross Country Flight of 300 Nautical Miles, with 3 stops.
  • 80 hours Ground School
  • Flight Test
  • Transport Canada Written Exam

Night Rating

The Night Rating allows pilot s to stretch the time they are allowed to fly late into the night. This is great for private pilots, who can stretch their day trips into the evening, without having to worry about getting home before dark. It is also a necessary step towards a career in aviation, because airlines don’t stop flying when it gets dark.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid private license or higher qualification.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • In addition to the PPL requirements:
  • 5 Hours Instrument Flying
  • 5 Hours Dual Night
  • 5 Hours Solo Night

Multi-Engine

The multi-engine rating allows you to fly multi-engine piston powered aircraft. This is great for private pilots who wish to go carry a little more payload, and is absolutely necessary for commercial pilots on the career track.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid private license or higher qualification.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • There is no minimum training requirement set by Transport Canada.
  • Transport Canada Flight Test.

IFR / Single

The IFR rating allows you to fly certain single-engine piston powered aircraft in conditions that are not ideal (lowered visibility). This is great for private pilots who need to fly even when the weather is not perfect. The IFR rating is also absolutely necessary for commercial pilots on the career track.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid private license or higher qualification.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • 40 Hours Instrument Time (20 Hours may be logged in Simulator)
  • 50 Hours Pilot in command cross country flight time (VFR)
  • One instrument cross country flight of 100 nautical miles including 2 instrument approaches at 2 different airports
  • Transport Canada Written Exam
  • Flight Test

IFR / Multi

The IFR rating allows you to fly certain multi-engine piston powered aircraft in conditions that are not ideal (lowered visibility). This is great for private pilots who need to fly even when the weather is not perfect. The IFR rating is also absolutely necessary for commercial pilots on the career track.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid private license or higher qualification.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • 40 Hours Instrument Time (20 Hours may be logged in Simulator)
  • 50 Hours Pilot in command cross country flight time (VFR)
  • One instrument cross country flight of 100 nautical miles including 2 instrument approaches at 2 different airports
  • Transport Canada Written Exam
  • Flight Test

Instructor Rating

The instructor rating allows commercial pilots to teach both the theory and practical portions of flight training. Instruction is a great way for pilots to gain invaluable flying experience. Once pilots have enough experience, they can move on and start doing light charter, bush flying, fire patrol, and eventually become airline pilots.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid commercial license with category 1 medical.

TRANSPORT CANADA REQUIREMENTS

  • Dual: 30 Hours, training in instructional techniques, including:
  • 5 Hours Instrument Instruction Training.
  • 25 Hours Ground Briefing
  • Transport Canada Written Exam
  • Flight Test

ATPL

The ATPL allows you to fly as a pilot or co-pilot for an airline operation.

The IATRA is a way to fast track to an airline career. With the IATRA exams written, you may qualify to fly as co-pilot on a large aircraft when you have only 250 hours of flying time. Contact us for more information.

PRE-REQUISITES

  • A valid commercial license,
  • instrument rating,
  • multi-engine rating,
  • current Class 1 aviation medical.
  • Applicants for the ATPL license must be at least 21 years of age.

Training Program

Transport Canada does not require a flight test for the ATPL license, only flight experience. There is no theory course for the ATPL, but applicants must complete 2 written exams (covering meteorology, navigation, radio-navigation, air-law, weight and balance, human factors, and Instrument operations).
We offer tutoring for the ATPL exams.

Practical Experience Requirements:
Pilots must have at least 750 hours of flying experience before writing the exams,
and must have at least 1500 hours of flying experience before receiving their license.

Breakdown of 1500 flying hours:

  • PIC: 250 hours (may include 100 hours co-pilot)
  • PIC Cross-country day: 100 hours.
  • PIC Cross-country night: 25 hours.
  • Co-pilot cross-country: 250 hours (or additional 100 hours PIC X-C)
  • Total instrument: 75 hours.
  • Total night: 100 hours.

Theory:
10-20 hours of tutoring.

Other:
Written tests