Private Pilot License

You've stared up at passing planes since you were a little kid. You had (have) “flying dreams”. Always wondering what it would feel like to fly but felt that this dream was too big to ever come true. Now, you found CFC and are thinking about taking your first step towards your flying dream.

At Canadian Flight Centre, we have trained over 3000 students, for whom flying is no longer just a dream, but a reality. Is the course extremely difficult? No. It is challenging, but if you apply yourself, and do your homework, you'll soon be soaring over fields, hills, lakes and playgrounds, where - just maybe - a 5-year-old future pilot will look up and stare as you fly by.

Learn to fly and discover freedom!

The first step in training to becoming a pilot starts with the Private Pilot License (PPL). With this license, you are able to fly when you want to fly. Training at CFC is fun, and you even get to pick your type of airplane: from Piper Cherokee to a Cessna 172 Turbo Diesel, or a Tomahawk or even a Citabria - the choice is yours!

Talk to one of our instructors today.

AGE. There’s no minimum age to start flight training, however an applicant shall have reached his seventeenth birthday before applying for the license.

MEDICAL FITNESS: Be in possession of Category III medical


40 hours of aeroplane ground school instruction

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Human Factors

Transport Canada written examination


45 hours of flight time including the following

  • Minimum 17 hours dual, incl. 5 hours instrument and 3h cross country
  • Minimum 12 hours solo, incl. 5 hours cross country

SKILL: Applicant shall successfully complete a flight test to Transport Canada Standards.

COST: Starting at 13,598 CAD (domestic), 14,570 CAD (international) using Cessna 152 (prices as of July 2022).


Note: the numbers above are minimal requirements by Transport Canada. Your individual time and cost may vary.

Note: This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

Recreational Testimonials

Thembi Nonyane

5 star

I give Anna 5 stars because she is doing a good job. Will recommend her 2 any one who wants to get trained. Keep up the good work.

Krishan Khurana

5 star

I have great experience of flying with Anna at CFC. I enjoyed every part of my training. I recommend CFC & Anna to everyone who ever dreamed of flying.

Vincent Cui

5 star

I started my PPL course with CFC after I did my fam flight here. Since I was a kid I dreamed to fly a plane, and CFC made my dream come true! It's amazing to have such an awesome hobby at an awesome flight school!

John Magaling

5 star

Got my PPL here back in 2011 and the experience was wonderful. Well maintained aircraft, excellent instructors and friendly, knowledgeable dispatch staff. Anna did an excellent job of teaching and getting me through my exams in a fun, professional way. I hope to start flying with them again in the near future.

Erin Nevison

5 star

Canadian Flight Center is extremely professional, helpful and resourceful. Flying with them was one of the best experiences of my life and I always recommend it to my flying friends!

Rob Hadley

5 star

Anna is an amazing pilot. She brings her love of flight to every experience flying with her. It is hard to imagine a pilot who brings more confidence and ability to the cockpit. I always look forward to my time with her.

Jason Brawn

5 star

I've been flying with CFC for 15 years, and hope to continue doing so for many more. The beautiful, well-maintained aircraft fleet initially caught my eye, but the excellent instructors and professional staff are why I keep coming back. The owner, Peter, is a true gentleman and a joy to fly with, and Anna, the aerobatics instructor, took me for an inverted-looping-and-rolling flight that still makes me grin to think about!