The minimum age for a Commercial Pilot License is eighteen years of age. Before commencing training in the Commercial Pilot Program, a student requires a valid Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane Category, and a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate. In accordance with the requirements established by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency, entrance into this program requires the completion of Grade 12 (or equivalent) or candidates must qualify as a mature student (age 19 and not having attended school full-time for 52 weeks).
This Groundschool course 20 establishes the first step taken for many in establishing themselves in careers as professional pilots. The Commercial Pilot exercises far-reaching privileges and is at the very centre of a very large and complex infrastructure designed to organise and make safe the daily movement of aircraft around the globe; with this great privilege, however, comes great responsibilities—every decision and every action made by the pilot entails the ultimate trust of life and security from paying passengers. This course seeks to prepare its students to successfully write the Transport Canada written examination for the Commercial Pilot License.
At the outset of training, students are introduced to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  SOPs are cockpit co-ordination procedures required by Canadian Aviation Regulations in multi-crew commercial flight operations, whether they be Air Taxi, Commuter, or Airline.  SOPs consist primarily of memorized pilot procedures and verbal calls that are used repetitively at various phases of flight, and serve to maximize pilot awareness in the cockpit.  The SOPs applied in this Program are published in Canadian Aviation College’s Pilot Student Handbook; they are based on single-pilot commercial operations and closely correspond to the standards currently applied in commercial aviation.  SOPs are applied during all training flights.
Course Costs (Canadian)

The following are the minimum costs for domestic students (effective August 01,2016) based on Transport Canada’s minimum requirements:

Air Instruction and Student Practice—Estimated Costs
Aircraft Type Cessna 172
Aircraft cost per hour 158.00
10 hours Instrument Air Instruction (based on aircraft cost and $50 per hour Flight Instruction) 2080.00
10 hours Advanced Air Instruction (based on aircraft cost and $50 per hour Flight Instruction) 2080.00
5 hours Night Air Instruction (based on aircraft cost and $50 per hour Flight Instruction) 1040.00
30 hours Student Solo Practice (based on aircraft cost) 4560.00
Sub-total: $9610.00
Ground Instruction and Administration—Estimated Costs
10 hours Dual Flight Simulator Instruction (Based on $70.00 per hour) 700.00
8 hours Preparatory Ground Instruction (Based on $50.00 per hour) 400.00
35 hours Pre-Flight Briefings No charge
20 hour Post-Flight De-briefings No charge
100 hours Groundschool 1000.00
20 hours Tutorial Instruction No charge
Pilot Books and Supplies (additional to required items for Private Pilot Program) 65.00
Flight Test and Transport Canada Fees (approximately—includes English Proficiency testing fee) 485.00
Sub-total: $2650.00
Estimated Total Costs
Aircraft Type Cessna 172
Air Instruction and Student Practice $9610.00
Ground Instruction and Administration $2650.00
Total: $12260.00


The above pricing is a limited-time offer and is subject to change without notice.  Costs include all fuel costs and use of pilot headsets. Canadian Aviation College does not employ a fuel surcharge fee system.

All students must be cautioned that the cost of training is contingent on meeting the flight test standards of Transport Canada, and because the skill and knowledge of students varies, so do the training costs.  While variations in student performance are more prevalent at the Private Pilot level when compared, Commercial Pilot students must also financially plan for this and are encouraged to retain an additional $5,000 in reserve for financial planning purposes so as provide for varied rates of learning and varied levels of skill.

Also, note that students may be required to fly additional hours (time-building) as Pilot-in-command (PIC) in order to meet the minimum time required to qualify for the Commercial Pilot Licence—this would typically apply, for example, to student who have not flown other than the solo requirements for the Private Pilot and the Commercial Pilot.  Please see the above link for additional information.

Prepayment of fees is required for international student but not for domestic students.  Domestic students pay tuition and aircraft utilization at the conclusion of training flights, and pay ground school tuition at the beginning of the session.   All flight schools in British Columbia are required by law to charge the GST (5%).  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Debit Cards are accepted.

Where applicable, the above costs are based on Transport Canada’s minimum requirement.  While completion of the program by students is usually accomplished in accordance with Transport Canada’s minimum requirement, success of students is dependent on skill, knowledge, and preparedness.

Aircraft rates may be subject to change with minimal notice, depending on such things, for example, as fluctuating aviation fuel prices.

Transport Canada establishes the minimum requirements for the Commercial Pilot License as follows:

  • 200 hours flight-time experience, including 100 as Pilot-in-Command, and 20 hours cross-country Pilot-in-Command.
  • 65 hours flight training in the aircraft category (aeroplane, gyro plane, or helicopter), including no less than 35 dual with a flight instructor, and 30 hours solo.
  • Of the 35 hours of dual flight, 5 must be night (including a 2-hour night cross-country), and 20 hours must be instrument time (reference only to flight instruments); a maximum of 10 hours instrument simulator time may be credited toward the 20 hours instrument time required.
  • Of the 30 hours solo flight time emphasising improvement in flying skills, there must be a cross-country flight to a point not less than 300 nautical miles from the point of departure, with 3 full-stop landings.  The 30 solo hours must also include 5 hours by night and completion of 10 circuits.