As mentioned above, the flying portion of this Program prepares students for the Private Pilot flight test. The flight test lasts from 1 to 1½ hours, during which time air exercises are demonstrated by the candidate and evaluated by a Pilot Examiner. Flight Instructors are extremely familiar with the standards applied by the Pilot Examiners—standards that are extensively detailed in the Canadian Aviation College’s Flight Training Handbook. Importantly, Flight Test candidates are recommended for Flight Tests by their Flight Instructors —accordingly, the results of a given Flight Test reflect upon both the Flight Instructor and Canadian Aviation College, as well as the student being examined, and are an important measure of how well we do our job—something that we no doubt regard with high esteem.
The 25 hours Dual Air and Instrument Instruction, as well as the 20 hours of Solo Practice, focus on the air exercises contained in the Air Training Syllabus outlined below:
Student Pilot Permits
To pilot an aircraft (act as “Pilot-in-Command”) under the supervision of a Flight Instructor, students must hold a Student Pilot Permit. The minimum age for this permit is 14 years. Once a student reaches the skill and knowledge requirement to hold a Student Pilot Permit, the student effectively “flies under the wing” of a Flight Instructor, and for training, legal and aircraft insurance purposes, acquires pilot privileges subject to the certain limitations—some of which are outlined below.
To be eligible for the Student Pilot Permit, students must hold a Medical Certificate and they must successfully complete the Student Pilot Permit or Recreational Pilot Licence for Foreign and Military Applicants, Air Regulations Examination—“PSTAR” for short (thank goodness!). The PSTAR examination is administered on behalf of Transport Canada by Canadian Aviation College, and the passing grade is 90%, which must subsequently be corrected to 100% with your Flight Instructor.
For the purpose of receiving flight training or undertaking a flight test, the holder of a Student Pilot Permit may act as Pilot-in-Command of any aircraft of the category to which the permit applies, provided the following requirements are met:
- The flight is conducted in Canada during the day; the flight is conducted under the direction and supervision of Flight Instructor;
- no passengers are carried on board the aircraft