Private Pilot License

Welcome to the wonderful world of flying! You are about to embark on some of the most exciting and challenging training you will ever experience, all of which is focussed towards earning a Private Pilot License (PPL).

The training you will receive is structured in a Transport Canada approved syllabus that will provide you with all the knowledge and skills that you require to ensure a future of safe and enjoyable flying.

This information package is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of the training you will receive and how it will be conducted. Included in this package are:

  • Transport Canada Requirements for Pilot Permits and Licenses
  • Outline of Ground School Instruction
  • Outline of Flight Instruction
  • Typical costs to obtain a Private Pilot License

Should you enrol in the PPL Course; the following information will also be provided:

  • Copy Transport Canada PSTAR Exam Study and Reference Guide
  • Copy of Transport Canada PPL Study and Reference Guide
  • Copy of Transport Canada PPL Flight Test Standard
  • Other Study and Reference Materials as required

Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other course offered by BP Aviation please feel free ask any of our staff or instructors. We would be most pleased to help you.


Student Pilot Permit

The Student Pilot Permit is the document that allows persons undertaking flight instruction to conduct flight training under solo conditions (ie: without a flight instructor in the aircraft). A licensed flight instructor must authorize all flights conducted under a Student Pilot Permit. Transport Canada requirements for the issuance of a Student Pilot Permit are:

Category Requirement
Age Must be at least 14 years of age
Medical Valid Category 1, 3, or 4 Medical Certificate
Knowledge Pass PSTAR Examination (90%)
Skill At Flight Instructor’s Discretion
Experience At Flight Instructor’s Discretion

Private Pilot License (PPL)

The Private Pilot License is the minimum license level in Canada. The holder of a PPL can exercise the privileges of a pilot in any aircraft for which his license is endorsed and may carry passengers. The PPL is recognized internationally and trans-border flights are authorized. With additional training the holder of a PPL can also obtain additional license endorsements and ratings including night rating, VFR over the top rating, instrument rating, and multi-engine rating. Transport Canada requirements for the issuance of a Private Pilot License are as follows:

Category Requirement
Age Must be at least 17 years of age
Medical Valid Category 1 or 3 Medical Certificate
  1. Complete 40 Hour Private Pilot Ground School
  2. Pass Written Exam (PPAER)
Skill Pass Transport Canada Flight Test (PPFT)
  1. Minimum Total Flight Time = 45 Hours
  2. Minimum Dual Flight Time = 17 Hours
    • Dual Cross Country = 3 Hours
    • Dual Instrument Flt = 5 Hours
  3. Minimum Solo Flight Time = 12 Hours
    • Solo Cross Country = 5 Hours
    • Triangular Solo Cross Country of not less than 150 NM with at least two enroute stops

Private Pilot License – Ground School Instruction

Transport Canada requires that all applicants for a Private Pilot License complete a Private Pilot Ground School of not less than 40 hours of instruction.

The Private Pilot Ground School offered by BP Aviation is taught by experienced, Transport Canada licensed instructors and provides 51 hours of multi-media classroom instruction covering all required subject areas. Key subject areas that will be covered during the Ground School include the following:

  • Air Regulations
  • Aerodynamics
  • Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Navigation
  • Flight Operations
  • Aeromedicine and Human Factors
  • Pilot Decision Making

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