Private Pilot License


The Private Pilot License (PPL) allows you to share the freedom of flight with family and friends. This license can also be the first step towards a career as a Commercial Pilot for those interested in flying for a career.

Additional ratings such as Night, Seaplane, VFR over the top, Instrument, and Multi- engine can be added to the PPL. The PPL is a pre-requisite to the Commercial Pilot License.


    • Age: Training may begin at age 14; however, you must be 17 in order hold the Private Pilot License.
    • Medical Fitness: Class 3 medical, obtained from an aviation medical examiner, including an ECG.


    • Prior to flying solo, the following is required:

      • Minimum of Class 4 medical as well as Cat 1 and 3 Medical Certificate
      • Pass mark of a minimum 90% the PSTAR exam
      • Obtain a Radio Operators Certificate
      • Issued a Student Pilot Permit.


40 hours private pilot aeroplane ground school instruction on the following subjects:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations,
  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight,
  • Meteorology,
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems,
  • Flight Instruments,
  • Radio and Electronic Theory,
  • Navigation,
  • Flight Operations,
  • Licensing Requirements, and
  • Human Factors, including pilot decision-making

Obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas as well as in the overall written examination Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane (PPAER):

  • Air Law;
  • Navigation;
  • Meteorology;
  • Aeronautics – General Knowledge.

Ground school can be classroom, online or a combination.




  • Minimum of 45 hours of flight training under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplane including:


  • 17 hours dual, including 5 hours instrument training, 3 hours cross-country


  • 12 hours solo flight time, including 5 hours cross-country flight time with a flight of a minimum of 150 nautical miles which shall include 2 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.



Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the license, an applicant shall successfully complete a flight test as pilot-in-command of an.


Course Duration

Training is at the student’s pace and convenience. The course can take 10 weeks at 4 lessons per week, to 6 months at 2 lessons per week. We recommend completing training in 4 months at 3 lessons per week, although it can be done in less for a full- time student.


 Private Pilot License – Approximate Cost

The following cost estimate is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements to be permitted to attempt the flight test.

Our experience is the average student takes 5-10 additional hours above 45 hours before they are ready for the flight test.

The aptitude & ability of the student determines the number of hours it will take to complete the course. The more focused & diligent the student applies himself/herself, the less time it will take.


Approximate cost breakdown

  • 25 Hours Flight Training Dual                          $ 6100.00
  • 20 Hours Flight Training Solo                          $ 3,500.00
  • 10 Hours Ground Briefing                                 $ 650.00
  • Flight Test and Fees                                            $ 800.00


  • Total ($CAD)                                            $ 11,050.00


Note: Ground briefings @ $ 65.00/hour

(*Taxes not included / *Prices are subject to change without notice. A fuel surge charge may be in effect based on market conditions)