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.