The first steps to getting your Private Pilots Licence are:
-Start taking flight lessons!
- Get your Class 3 medical, or Class 1 if you want to get your Commercial Licence
- Enroll in a PPL Ground School! Training is much easier if you’re flying and attending ground school at the same time.
There are no special requirements in order to become a pilot.
You do, however, need to be at a minimum age of:
· 14 for your Student Pilot Permit
· 16 for your Recreational Pilot Permit
· 17 for your Private Pilot License
· 18 for your Commercial Pilot License
You will also have to pass your aviation medical exam.
Your flight training varies in length depending on how often you fly. You can obtain your Private Pilot License in a span of 2-3 months if you fly consistently and 3 or more times per week. If you are a weekend flyer, flying once or twice per weekend, you can expect to obtain your PPL in a year or less.Contact us to enroll
Anything that is worthwhile takes hard work. Don’t worry! With the help of our professional staff, we will make your flight training an enjoyable experience. Everything you will need to know will be taught by our experienced instructors.Contact us
You will not need valid medical to start your training! However, you will need to obtain a valid medical certificate to act as Pilot-in-Command (PIC) when you are ready to fly solo as a student pilot.
Here is the category of medical certificate you will need to hold to obtain certain licences:
· A Category 1 medical for Commercial Pilot License
· A Category 3 medical for Private Pilot License
· A Category 4 medical for Recreational/Student Pilot Permit
The actual hours of flight training vary among individuals. These are the minimum flight training hours as per Transport Canada:
· Recreational Pilot Permit - 25 total hours
· Private Pilot License - 45 total hours
· Commercial Pilot License - 200 total hours
There is no age limit as to when you can start your flight training, and it is never too late to start.
However, you must be at least:
· 14 years old to obtain your Student Pilot Permit
· 16 years old to obtain your Recreational Pilot Permit
· 17 years old to obtain your Private Pilot License
· 18 years old to obtain your Commercial Pilot License
Here at CFC, we offer many services over and above your typical pilot training regimens:
• Recreational Pilot Permit
• Private Pilot License
• Commercial Pilot License
• Night Rating
• VFR Over-The-Top Rating
• Multi-Engine Rating
• Instrument Rating
• Instructor Rating
• Aerobatic Instructor Rating
• Tailwheel training
• Upset Recovery Training
• Instrument Proficiency Checks
• Flying Companion Training
• Mountain Check
• Class C Check
• U.S. and Cross-border Check
• Beach Landings
• Professional Pilot Program
• Airline Pilot Program
• Flight dispatcher Program
Administrative and other services
• Authorized person licensing services
• Flight testing (PPL, CPL, Multi-engine, IFR, IPC)
• TC written exams (RPP, PPL and some others)
• Student accommodation
Non-training services include:
• Charter services anywhere in Canada, including mail and cargo
• Sightseeing for individuals or groups
• Aerial photography, surveys, mapping, and patrol
• Aircraft flight and ground ops for movie shoots
• Aircraft maintenance
We have Cessna 152s and 172s, Piper Cherokees, ACA Citabria, ACA Super Decathlon, Socata TB 10, and Piper Seneca III & Seneca V. We also offer Flight Training Devices (aka Simulators). Click the button below to find out more!Learn More
Flight training is scheduled jointly by student and instructor. Flight can be booked online using our in-house booking software called Pegasus, or by giving our dispatch a call
A lesson will usually take around 2 hours. You will start off with a preparatory ground instruction that takes 15-30 minutes, followed by roughly a 1.0-1.4 hour training flight. After the flight, you will spend another 5-20 minutes debriefing.
While Transport Canada has specific requirements for issuing a license in terms of flight and ground school hours, it is granted based on the skill and knowledge of the pilot. Therefore, CFC cannot guarantee that our training will result in a permit or license, as it is determined by the effort and discipline of the student. However, if you are willing to put in the work, we will get you there!How to pass a flight test
Both PPL and CPL Ground School classes are offered weekly with no breaks in instruction. Furthermore, the resources for these classes are always available at our Online Academy.link to our online ground school
All of the resources for our PPL and CPL Ground School, as well as our ground resources for our rating and flight training courses, are available through our Online Academy. Practice Exams, in-depth reading, video and media content are all hosted on this websiteLink to online ground school
Both CFC bases are equipped with a Flight Training Device. Our Pitt Meadows location hosts our Percussion Flight Control DCX-MAX flight simulator. The system boasts an impressive list of standard and optional features that make it the most advanced trainer in its class. It can simulate 40 different types of aircraft. Kamloops base features the Precision Flight Control’s CAT II BATD Flight Training Device, capable of simulating 34 different aircraft.Learn more about our simulator
Students can expect “progress check flights” with a Supervising or simply another Instructor every 6-8 flights, and definitely before the first solo and each flight test.
Here at CFC, flight training is very standardized, and instructors are expected to follow the school's training syllabus.