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Ground school

The following six courses are theory-based classroom training which cover the knowledge requirements necessary for a professional pilot. The content aligns with the "Transport Canada Study and Reference Guides" for pilot training. Areas of study include air law, meteorology, navigation, and general airmanship.

This instruction culminates in the writing of Transport Canada written examinations. To earn a pilot license, you must successfully complete a flight test and a Transport Canada written examination.

Year 1

I and II Flight Management: Basic - 150 lecture and tutorial hours

This course prepares students to pass the Transport Canada Private Pilot Licence (PPL) written examination, while building a solid foundation for future professional pilot studies in this program. The class lectures will provide the required theoretical material and the tutorials will enable students to work with and apply the material as it relates to flying. Topics include: company operations, theory of flight, aircraft systems, flight instruments, meteorology, air traffic aervices, visual flight rules (VFR) navigation, flight planning, air regulations and human factors.

Year 2

III and IV Flight Management: Intermediate - 150 lecture and tutorial hours

This course prepares students to pass the Transport Canada Commercial written examination. It builds a deeper understanding of the material in "Flight Management: Basic" and introduces topics such as complex aircraft systems, advanced (radio) navigation, air regulations as they apply to commercial air services, transportation of dangerous goods, survival skills and first aid. Class lectures will focus on the theoretical material and the tutorials will provide practical exercises, seminars and preparation for the Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) written exam.

Year 3A

V Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) - 75 lecture and tutorial hours

This course prepares students to pass the Transport Canada Instrument written examination. It focuses on multi engine aircraft systems, IFR rules and procedures, meteorology for IFR operations, advanced navigation instrumentation and radio aids, and multi-crew operations and coordination. The class lectures provide the theoretical framework for IFR operations and the tutorials provide opportunities to develop and refine the skills required for success in IFR flying.

Year 3B

VI Airline Operations (Ops) - 75 lecture and tutorial hours

This course will provide students with multi engine turbo prop ground schools (Cessna Caravan and King Air). Additional advanced topics include: global positioning systems (GPS), electronic flight instrument systems (EFIS), and flight management systems (FMS). Finally, students will learn about air taxi operations and participate in a ‘virtual airline’ simulation project.