Is It Complicated To Qualify For A Private Pilot’s License?


Whether you take flying as a hobby or want to make a career out of it a private pilot license is the first thing you need to acquire. The privilege that would come with this license would be the permission to carry one passenger with you. You could go to exciting new destinations by renting a private jet and have the opportunity to join many flying clubs with the help of your newly acquired private pilot’s license. However, for flying anywhere in Canada or across the Canadian borders (solo or otherwise), there are certain requirements you need to fulfill.


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The first and foremost requirement is that you should be at least 17 years of age. You also need to hold a Category 3 medical certificate. If you are under 40 years of age, the medical validity would last for 24 months and in other cases, for 12 months. You also need to complete 40 hours (minimum) ground flight school on the subjects of Canadian Aviation Regulations, Meteorology, Flight Instruments, Navigation, Aerodynamics and Flight Theory, Flight Operations, Airframes, Systems and Engines, Human Factors and Licensing requirements. There are four mandatory subjects (Aeronautics, Navigation, Air Law and Meteorology) in which you need to score at least 60%.

Canadian flight training schools in Toronto all adhere to these same standards. As far as experience goes, at least 45 hours of private flight training in your flight school is required and a maximum of five hours (out of those 45 hours) may be on an approved simulator. These 45 hours must include three hours (minimum) spent in cross country flight and five hours of instrument time (maximum three hours of those five hours may be on instrument ground time). The above requirements are included in the minimum 17 hours of dual instruction flight time required. Or 12 hours (minimum) must be dedicated to solo flight out of which five hours should be spent on cross country time (minimum of 150 nautical miles and two stop landings excluding the departure point). The practical flight test must be completed at least 12 months before your application date.

To complete the process you will have to spend time, money and efforts on ground school, books and supplies, 30 hours in dual aircraft, 15 hours in solo aircraft and 15 hours in pre-flight briefings. You can set a training schedule that is easy for you to follow and depending on the amount of time you can allot for your training. The progress is always better if the training is regular. Also, your individual time would differ from others based on your time of training. If you train twice a week you would make steadier progress as compared to a monthly training schedule. To keep your costs to a minimum, you have the option of spending allowable solo time on the simulator and once your training begins your flight instructor would be able to advise you on how to minimize your total costs. Toronto Airways offers the best pilot shop in the GTA, carrying relevant publications and charts, manuals, books, logbooks, instrument procedures and also, necessities like flight bags and kneeboards; all of the resources you will need to complete your training successfully.

Author Bio:
Mike Hillsford is a writer as well as a qualified private pilot and general aircraft enthusiast.  Mike likes to help others to realize their dream of becoming a pilot and suggests that to access the best pilot shop and flight training schools in Toronto, Ontario you should contact the team at Toronto Airways.

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