Airline Pilot Program (Diploma)

If you are ready for your airline career, Canadian Flight Centre is THE place to get ready for it. CFC offers a 3 year Airline Pilot Diploma program.

If you chose this elite path, you will still do the PPL, CPL and IFR ground school with other students. However, your flying is more intense and demanding. You are held to a higher standard through mentoring and periodic Performance Evaluations. You are expected to finish your licenses and ratings, including instructor rating, within a total of 15 months. After that, you will practice your instructor skills under the close supervision of your mentor / supervisor in different areas: Ground school, PPL instructor, CPL instructor, later IFR and multi-engine instructor. In parallel, you can select from your areas of interest, for example receive training as a charter pilot, and work in charter and air taxi operations (both as single pilot as well as in two-crew environment). Approximately 30 months after starting your training, with about 1,000 hours, you will write the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) exams SARON and SAMRA, do your final flight test, and 36 months from now you can be ready to go for your airline job!

Program includes:

  • PPL
  • Night Rating
  • Mountain Flying
  • CPL
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Multi-IFR Rating
  • Instructor Rating
  • Time building
  • Includes internship/work experience as flight instructor. Bonus for top performing students in the class: Multi-engine Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time!
  • ATPL exams preparation

But the ATPL is not all you obtain with this program! The list of mandatory training above earns you only 2600 out of the required 3000 credits for the Airline Pilot Diploma. The remaining credits are earned by choosing 4 out of almost 20 elective courses and options, examples of which include:

  • Tailwheel
  • Unusual Attitudes and Aerobatics
  • Long Cross-Country trips (min 5000nm total)
  • Tailwheel Instructor
  • Aerobatic Instructor Rating
  • Airshow Experience
  • Teaching of Ground School/Simulator
  • Single-Engine Charter Training
  • Multi-Engine Charter Training
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Introduction into Aircraft Maintenance
  • Ultimate Survival (High Altitude Indoctrination - in hypobaric chamber, Underwater Egress Training, post-crash Summer and Winter Survival)
  • Air Traffic Control Introduction
  • Safety Management System
  • Introduction into Aviation Business Administration
  • Introduction into Aviation Business Management
  • Turbine and King Air Training 

Some conditions of the Program are:

  • Full time training, 5-6 days/week
  • Subject to successful passing of Transport Canada examinations, CFC internal regular performance assessments and regular attendance

Program Tuition: 1st year 71,403 CAD (domestic), 78,543 CAD (international). 2nd year 23,059 CAD (domestic), 25,364 CAD (international), 3rd year 9,602 CAD (domestic), 10,562 CAD (international), work experience credit - up to 25,000 CAD. Prices as od June 2019. Tuition does NOT include school supplies.


The requirements for Airline Program are the following:

PRE-REQUISITES:  min 17 years old, Cat 1 medical, English proficient

AGE: Applicant shall have reached his twenty-first birthday to apply for the license. Training and time building can be done prior. 

MEDICAL FITNESS: Be in possession of Category I medical

After PPL, CPL, Multi- and IFR Ratings, Instructor Rating and time building experience, the prerequisite for the completion of the ATPL is the following:


  • SAMRA written exam
  • SARON written exam
  • INRAT written exam
  • Multi-IFR flight test

Exams can be written once the candidate has 750h total time. 


  • 1500h total time
  • 100h PIC night
  • 250h PIC cross-country
  • 75h instruments


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