Pilot License

The first step to a career in aviation.

A Private Pilot License (PPL) is the first step on the path to becoming a licensed pilot. It allows you to enjoy the freedom of travelling through the skies anywhere in the world. 

License Overview

A Private Pilot License will allow to carry as many passengers as legally allowed in your aircraft. You’ll be able to operate any Canadian-registered aircraft anywhere in the world. 
You’ll also be able to add endorsements to your PPL in order to fly in more conditions.
Program Prerequisites

17 years old.
(But, you can start your training as early as 13 years old.)

A valid Class 1 or Class 3 Medical.
(We recommend you get a Class 1 Medical if you intend to continue in aviation.
You’ll need it for your Commercial Pilot License.)

Find a Civil Aviation Medical examiner near you.

Program Overview

The PPL Program consists of hands-on flight training in one of our aircraft, and a ground school portion that builds the foundational knowledge base needed to be a successful pilot.


License Requirements

In order to obtain your PPL, you’ll need a minimum of:

  • 45 hours of flight time including:
    • Minimum of 17 hours dual flight (with an instructor) including 5 hours of instrument training and 3 hours of cross-country flight.
    • Minimum of 13 hours solo flight, including 5 hours of cross-country flight.
  • 40 hours or ground school

At the end of your training, you will be tested by Transport Canada on your knowledge through a written test, and your flying skill through a flight test.

Program Length

Our PPL program can be completed as little as 12 weeks through our Accelerated Pilot Program, but the duration of training will vary from student to student. The required hours stated above are minimums provided by Transport Canada and we recommend that students be prepared for training to take anywhere from 3-6 months.


Topics that are covered in ground school include:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meterology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making
  • Instrument Procedures

Program Costs

The estimated costs are calculated using the minimums provides by Transport Canada multiplied by our hourly rates for each service. This estimate does not include the fuel surcharge. 

Flight Training
20 Hours Dual Flight $5,300
25 Hours Solo Flight $4,625
10 Hours Ground Briefing $800
PPL Ground School $400
Additional Fees
Books & Supplies (Approximate Cost) $400
Aviation Medical Exam Fee (Approximate Cost) $150
Transport Canada Written Exam Fee $150
Transport Canada Flight Examiner Fee $400
Total Estimated Training Costs $12,225

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