PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE

Obtaining your Private Pilot’s License is a fun, challenging and rewarding endeavor. Whether you are planning on flying for fun or making a career out of it, the PPL is the first step towards your flying future!

The PPL is a time consuming and intensive process so show up ready to work. While there is a set syllabus, we will work to accommodate your schedule

 
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PPL REQUIREMENTS

AEROMEDICAL

Student must be:

GROUND SCHOOL

40Hrs of ground school is required by Transport Canada, covering the following topics:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations

  • Aerodynamics & Theory of Flight

  • Meteorology

  • Airframes

  • Engines and Systems

  • Flight Instruments

  • Radio & Electronic Theory

  • Navigation

  • Flight Operations

  • Licensing Requirements

  • Human Factors & Pilot Decision Making

A TC written examination must be passed, to a minimum of 60% to obtain a PPL

Visit PilotTraining.ca for more information regarding ground school! The sooner you can start, the better. 

MINIMUM FLYING REQUIREMENTS

This license requires students to complete a minimum of 45H of flight training, including:

  • 17H Dual 

  • 12H Solo 

  • 3H Dual Cross-Country 

  • 5H Solo Cross-Country

  • 5H Instrument Training (up to 3h can be completed in our simulators

A Transport Canada Flight Test must be taken and passed to obtain a PPL.

TRAINING COST

Demonstrating proficiency throughout this process and preparing for the flight test almost always requires more time than the Transport Canada minimums.  Accounting for these additional hours we usually advise that students have $15,000-$20,000 to spend on the Private Pilot portion of their training.


Non-Flying Expenses include:

  • Pilot Kit (All of the equipment you will need for PPL and CPL) - $295

  • Written Exam Fee - $110

  • English Proficiency Test - $100 (Please note that if you attended High School in Canada this is not required)

  • Flight Test Fee - $400

  • License Sign-Off Fee - $75

Please note that government student loans are not available for this portion of your training.

HOW LONG IS THIS GOING TO TAKE?

A PPL can be completed in as little as 4 months, though those students who do complete their licenses do so in 6 months on average. 

If you have funding in place and are organized, capable, a dedicated student and are able to commit to full-time training, you will be done quickly. Otherwise, your training will take longer and will likely be more expensive. 

We have the instructors, aircraft and resources that you need. Your progress is up to you!

 

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A PPL?

YOU CAN

  • Fly during the day while maintaining visual contact with the ground (VFR)

  • Fly as far as your airplane will take you

  • Fly with as many passengers as your aircraft allows

  • Operate single-engine, non-high performance aircraft

  • Obtain ratings to expand your capabilities. Once you obtain the required ratings, you can do things such as:

    • Fly at Night (Night Rating)​

    • Fly Multi-Engine Aircraft (Multi-Engine Rating)

    • Fly without visual contact with the ground (Instrument Rating)

YOU CAN NOT

  • Fly for profit or reward

  • Fly at night, without visual contact with the ground, or in multi-engine aircraft if you do not hold the rating to do so

 

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