Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Am I too young or too old to fly?
You can start flying at anytime, as long as you can comfortably reach the aircraft controls. There is no minimum age requirement to start taking flying lessons, however you must be at least 14 years old to obtain a Student Pilot Permit which allows you to fly without an instructor on board (solo).
Student Pilot Permit - you must be at least 14 years old
Recreational Pilot Permit - you must be at least 16 years old
Private Pilot License - you must be at least 17 years old
Commercial Pilot License - you must be at least 18 years old
Q. Do I need to pass a fitness test? What if I wear glasses?
You will need to pass a medical before you can be issued a Student Pilot Permit. However we recommend that you pass an aviation medical from a qualified doctor before registering. The license or rating that you wish to pursue will determine what type of medical you will need. Pilots can wear glasses or contact lenses as long as their vision is within the standards set out by Transport Canada. Please check with your aviation doctor for the requirements.
The medical certificates are not valid for life, but must be renewed periodically by visiting an aviation doctor. How long your medical is valid for depends on the medical category as well as your age.
Any questions regarding the medical requirements should be directed to a CAME doctor, or you can visit www.tc.gc.ca
Q. Do I need any special courses or skills?
Everything that you will need to know in order to obtain your license will be taught here at the School. If you are still in school and you are thinking about a career in aviation, then you may want to consider subjects that concentrate on math and physics.
Q. How long does it take to complete a license?
The answer to that question largely depends on you. Some people have completed their PPL in as little as two months, while others take a few years. The more regularly you fly, and the more prepared you are for your lessons, the faster you will be able to complete your license. To ensure that your dual flight training is most effective, you should schedule 0.5 hours for your preparatory ground briefing before each new flight lesson.
Q. When can I start flying? Can I fly while I am still taking the ground school?
You can start flying at any time. We highly recommend that you have the appropriate medical conducted before you start investing a great deal of time and money into flying. This is to avoid any disappointment in the event you aren't able to pass the medical exam. Some students prefer to complete all of the ground school prior to starting any of the flying, while others prefer to do both at the same time. Some of the classes will be easier to understand and follow if you have been in the aircraft a few times, but it is not necessary.
Q. When is a good time to start my training?
The time that suits you is the best time to start training. The best weather is from early March to October. Winter weather allows for great flying as well, but of course it's colder.
Q. Do I need to pay up front? How can I pay for flight training?
No, pay as you go. Some students pay after each lesson and some start an account. We currently don't offer any financial support. You can pay with cash, MasterCard, visa and debit card.