Private Pilot License

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A private pilot licence holder may act as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of an aeroplane of a class and type in respect of which the licence is endorsed with ratings and pilot-in-command of an ultra-light aeroplane. PPL may be endorsed with Night, VFR OTT, Instrument ratings, and different aeroplane class ratings.


An applicant shall have reached their 17th birthday

  • Successfully complete a medical with an approved Transport Canada medical examiner
  • Successfully complete a Transport Canada written examination
  • Successfully complete a flight test with an approved Transport Canada examiner
  • An applicant must have completed 45 hours of flight training, to include:
    • 17 hours dual instruction, to include a minimum of 3 hours cross-country and 5 hours instrument time
    • 12 hours solo flight time, to include a minimum 5 hours cross-country

Estimated Course Cost

The following is representative of the fees incurred by a student using a Cessna 150 (two-seat) aeroplane, based on the minimum course requirements as stipulated by Transport Canada. A student will require more dual flying and ground briefing, integrated with solo practice, in order to achieve the proficiency necessary to obtain his/her Private Pilot Licence.

Transport Canada Minimum Realistic estimate
17 hrs Dual @ $197.00 / hr $3,349.00 (45 hours) $8,865.00
12 hrs Solo @ $143.00 / hr. $1,716.00 (20 hours) $2,860.00
Build up hours (16 hours) @$143.00/hr $2,288.00 Included in above
20 hrs Ground Briefing @ $54.00 / hr $1,080.00   $1,080.00
Written exam fees $110.00   $110.00
Flight test fees $275.00   $275.00
Total $8,818.00   $13,190.00

There are some other costs you should be aware of:

  • Club Student Membership $240.00,
  • Medical Examination Fees $140.00 (payable to your Aviation Medical Examiner),
  • Ground School Tuition $299.00,
  • Study Kit $355.00

The time required to complete the course requirements is dependent on a number of contributing factors. These include the student's aptitude and ability, as well as suitable weather conditions to enable the student and instructor to complete the required exercises. Each student is encouraged to progress through the flight training exercises at his/her own rate. After learning basic aircraft handling, you will proceed in a step by step sequence through more complex air exercises. Please do not hesitate to consult a member of our staff for additional information and/or make an appointment for an Introductory lesson.