Private Pilot License - Aeroplane
The first step in training to becoming a professional pilot starts with the Private Pilot License (PPL).
Act as Pilot-in-Command or co-pilot of an aeroplane
daytime only unless night endorsed
Act as Pilot-in-Command of an ultra-light aeroplane
45 hours of flight time, including a minimum of:
17 hours of dual instruction, including 3 hours of cross-country time and 5 hours of instrument time; 3 hours of which may be completed on an approved simulator
12 hours solo practice, with 5 hours of cross-country flight including a flight of not less than 150nm with 2 enroute stops
An applicant shall hold a valid category 3 or 1 medical certificate.
Ground School Training:
A PPL applicant must attend a minimum of 40 hours of approved ground school. This course consists of a series of lectures aimed at fully preparing the student for not only the required Transport Canada examinations, but also a safe and satisfying time in the world of aviation. The subjects dealt with in the ground school include Air Law, Aeronautics, Navigation, meteorology etc. Individual instruction will be given as required. A home study course is available with individual tutoring.
A Transport Canada written exam is required
You must obtain a minimum of 60% in each of the following mandatory areas:
Successfully complete a Private Pilot flight test to Transport Canada standards.
Students may enroll at anytime and commence flight training at their convenience; however, ground school timetables will be established and published for varied times.
No minimum age to take lessons. Students must be at least 14 years of age to solo. A private pilot must be at least 17 years of age to hold the licence.
An applicant must be a Canadian citizen, a landed immigrant, or a person admitted to Canada with a valid Visa.
An applicant must be able to read and write English without assistance.
Minimum flying hours to meet Transport Canada requirements:
17 hours dual flight instruction
12 hours solo flight practice
10 hours ground briefing (estimated)
40 hours Ground School
Transport Canada written exam
Transport Canada Flight Test
Note: Private Pilot Licence Program is Transport Canada Approved but does not require approval by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training, BC. As such, the registrar of PTIB did not review this program.