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Professional Pilot Program (Certificate)

Training for a Job - rather than a License.

When we looked at the traditional way of commercial flight training in Canada, we noticed a few disturbing facts:

  • To earn a commercial license one has to prove 200 hours of flight experience. There is no quality control that would assign a higher value to purposeful , task oriented flight training versus just flying around the home base in circles for 200 hours. In fact most graduates from flight schools have done very little cross country flying – the required 300 NM flight is for most the one outstanding cross country experience.
  • For reasons of economy most schools have a standardized fleet of one or two types of aircraft only. Students often earn a commercial license and have only experienced one aircraft type – probably a Cessna 152 or 172. Since it is considered a higher insurance risk, very few schools offer training in tail wheel aircraft despite the fact that it creates better pilots.
  • Training in marginal weather conditions, flying into unimproved or short airstrips, landing on grass, gravel or beaches is often avoided to minimize any risk of damage to the propellers.
  • Students are often being trained inefficiently, leading to high flight hours. Requiring 80 hours and more for a Private Pilot License is excessive, and some schools graduate their students with more than 100 hours – in fact doubling the training cost from a normally anticipated budget.

At Canadian Flight Centre we realized that, in order to train students for their first job, we have to enable them to deal with the challenging flying environment that Canada stands for. More than most schools we expose our students to a challenging training syllabus. Our cross country flights include ocean flying, mountainous terrain, desert climates and cold winters. Students experience the kind of landing strips that prepare them for flying in the Canadian wilderness. 

In order to expose our students to a variety of different aircraft,
we offer 
a varied fleet of high wing (Cessna) and low wing (Piper)
aircraft as well as tail wheel aircraft – a Citabria for basic tail wheel
training and a Super Decathlon for aerobatic training and – in
preparation for that airline job – for “upset” training.


When it comes to advanced flight training we use multi-engine aircraft
the Piper Seneca V and the King Air C90 – few schools in Canada
or the US have similar equipment. And where other schools typically
restrict their flying to a small local area, our aircraft are capable of
training flights from Alaska to California, both in closely controlled
airspaces and in the vast uncontrolled airspaces of Northern Canada
and Alaska. Due to turbocharged engines we have no altitude restrictions
that would prevent us from going over the Rocky Mountains, and due
to certification for “known ice conditions” we can train in extreme
weather conditions.


Our record of almost 40 years of injury free operation proves that training that goes to such extremes can be done without sacrificing safety. Any training that involves increased risks is done as dual training with instructors only, students on solo flights enjoy the extra safety that modern avionics offer, e.g. superior situational awareness through the use of GPS.


As a flying school we do what we do best – providing flight training. However, we are aware of the major airlines’ preference for pilots with some academic background. After analyzing some of the so called aviation diploma program, we concluded that the time and cost penalty of such programs will not benefit the pilot career. We promote earning a true university degree through the flexibility of open learning – studying from home at your own pace without slowing down your career in aviation. We have a partnership with the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, one of the leaders in Open Learning. Our students can register with the university and will receive academic credits for all their flying achievements towards a university degree.


For all our programs we ensure that the student does not pay more than necessary by using a strict curriculum and lesson plans to keep the training on track and on budget. For students that are committed to full time attendance at the school we provide a 12 months price guarantee under certain conditions. See details of financial policies in the CFC Student Handbook (CFC Menu -> About CFC Section).

Program Tuition: 41,824 CAD (domestic), 46,006 CAD (international) as of February 2020. Tuition does NOT include school supplies.

PROFESSIONAL PILOT  PROGRAM – for those who want career training without compromises  

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +1 604 946 7744

Note: This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. 

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