Surround yourself with people who are only going to lift you higher.
Pilots are a rare kind of human. They leave the ordinary surface of the word, to purify their soul in the sky, and they come down to earth, only after receiving the communion of the infinite. ~ Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra
Your Private Pilot’s Privileges.
The Private Pilot Licence allows you to:
fly all single-engine aircraft that are classified as non-high performance,
anywhere in Canada and USA,
with as many passengers as the aircraft can legally and safely hold,
You may enhance your Private Pilot Licence with additional endorsements that will allow you to fly floatplane or multi-engine aircraft, as well as flying in any weather condition day or night.
A Private Pilot Licence is required by all students enrolling in a Commercial Pilot training.
The Private Pilot Licence program is divided into two separate related paths: ground school and air instruction. Ground school will provide you with the required background knowledge and understandings to successfully pass the written examination, while the air instruction and solo practice will provide you with the skills required to succeed at the flight test.
A minimum age of seventeen (17) years old is required for a Private Pilot Licence. However, flight training can be started as early as fourteen (14) years of age, as that is the minimum age required to obtain a student pilot permit.
All pilots are required to have a Medical Certificate. There are four categories of medical certificates and the process of obtaining a certificate will differ depending on the category and your age.
The minimum category required for the Private Pilot Licence is a Category 3. However, students seeking careers as Commercial Pilots should obtain a Category 1 Medical Certificate.
The Medical examination must be performed by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner. The fee for the examination will vary with the individual examiner but is usually between $150.00 and $200.00. This fee is not normally covered under any medical plans.
More information about specific medical requirements based on the category you’re applying for can be found here:
Students will be required to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the required subjects by obtaining a mark of no less than 60% on the written examination. The written examination is divided into four mandatory areas.
Air Law: regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements
Navigation: navigation, radio aids, and electronic theory
General Knowledge: airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments, flight operations, and human factors
The written examination is actually a computer-based exam which is administered by Transport Canada. The questions are in a multiple-choice format.
Air instruction is separated into dual instruction and solo practice. During dual instruction, students will be introduced to new exercises and practice previous exercises. Once a level of skill and competence has been reached students will fly solo in the aircraft to practice the air exercises.
Students will receive a total of 45 hours of flight training while on course. The training requirements are divided up as follows: