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Private Pilot License - Airplane

The Private Pilot License (PPL) for airplanes allows you to share the freedom of flight with friends and family for a scenic cruise, enjoy the sunrise/sunset, travel for business/pleasure or this license can be the first step towards working as a Commercial Pilot for those interested in flying as a career.


Additional ratings such as Night, Seaplane, VFR over the top, Instrument, and Multi-engine can be added to the PPL. The PPL is a pre-requisite to the Commercial Pilot License.



  • Training can begin at age 14 but you must be 17 years old in order hold the Private Pilot License.

Medical Fitness:

  • Category 1 or 3 medical, obtained from an aviation medical examiner, including an ECG for the completion of the PPL.

  • Minimum of Category 4 medical for the issue of a student pilot permit, with the ability to obtain a Class 1 or 3 medical, including an ECG, is required for the completion of the PPL. 

  • Civil Aviation Medical Examiners (CAME) Search:

Prior to flying SOLO:

  • The following is required:

    • Pass mark of a minimum 90% the PSTAR exam

    • Obtain a Radio Operators Certificate

    • Medical Certificate Category 4, 3 or 1

    • Issued a Student Pilot Permit.


Ground School:

Subjects include:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations

  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight

  • Meteorology

  • Airframes, Engines and Systems

  • Flight Instruments

  • Radio and Electronic Theory

  • Navigation

  • Flight Operations

  • Licensing Requirements

  • Human Factors, including pilot decision making

Additional Ground School Courses:

  •  We have included in our ground school program to meet and exceed the Transport Canada minimum requirements:

  • Private Pilot Licence course


  • Radio ROC-A

  • Crew Resource Managment

  • Garmin 430 Training Course

  • Critical Surface Contamination 

  • How to Pass your PPL Written & Flight Test

  • Aviation Weather Reports and Forecasts

  • Cherokee Type Exam

Supplies Included:

  • From the Ground Up textbook

  • Flight Training Manual

  • E6B Flight Computer and Navigational Plotter

  • Aeronautical Information Manual - AIM

  • VFR Radio Procedures

  • Air Command Weather Manual

  • VTA and VNC Navigational Charts

  • Pilot Training Record - PTR and Pilot Logbook

  • Pilot Operating Handbook - POH

  • Online Ground School Subscription

  • GLA Dropbox Library of PDF Manuals

  • GLA Bag and Swag :) 

Ground School Grade Required:

  • Obtain a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas as well as in the overall written examination Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane (PPAER):

    • Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the permit

    • Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory

    • Meteorology

    • Aeronautics - General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments, flight operations and human factors


Flight Hours:

  • A minimum of 45 hours of flight training under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplane including:

  • A minimum 17 hours dual, including 5 hours instrument training, 3 hours cross-country.

  • A minimum 12 hours solo flight time, including 5 hours cross-country flight time with a flight with a minimum of 150 nautical miles which shall include 2 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.         


Preparatory Ground Instruction (PGI):

  • In advance of each training flight, a ground briefing is completed to review what will be learned in the planned training flight.  Referred to as Preparatory Ground Instruction (PGI), these sessions typically last around 30 minutes and is one-on-one classroom instruction.

Preflight and Post-flight Debriefings:

  • Pre-flight and post-flight debriefings will be conducted near the aircraft (weather permitted).  The pre-flight briefing occurs just before engine start for a training flight and reviews the proposed air exercises.  The post-flight debriefing is a review of the flight good elements, the areas for improvement (and how to improve them), and the planned activity for the next flight (and direction on student preparation).  These briefings typically last 10-15 minutes.

Flight Test:



  • Training is at the student's pace and convenience. The course is designed over a total of 38 flight lessons to get to your PPL and can take 10 weeks at 4 lessons per week, to roughly 5 months at 2 lessons per week. We recommend completing the training around 3 months with 3 lessons per week.

  • Our experience is the average student takes 5-10 additional hours above the minimum 45 hours required before they are ready for the flight test depending on full time or part time enrolment. Our goal is to try and get you as close to 45 hour mark as we can to be on time and on budget.  

  •  The aptitude & ability of the student determines the number of hours it will take to complete the course. The more focused & diligent the student applies himself/herself, the less time it will take.

  • **The following cost breakdown has been provided as a generalized guideline and average flight training program costs for a typical student with 32 vs the 17 minimum Dual hours and 13 vs 28 Solo hours with additional ground briefing time.  These hours take into consideration the average student’s work schedule, availability, and aptitude for a more realistic average cost for your training.**

Training Costs



  • Transport Canada licensing ($55), medical ($200), written exam ($155) and flight test fees ($450) are not included. Estimate approximately $1000.00 to cover these costs.

  • Ground briefings, typically around 30 min PGI and 15 min post flight for a 2-hour flight. Additional briefing time is @ $70/hour.

  • Hourly rates include the cost of fuel, local airport landing fees and insurance.

  • All aircraft are equipped with iPad mini using Foreflight for updated charts, Garmin 430w, Dual nav/comm, Cockpit Go-Pro video for flight review, Garmin 696 with XM weather and radio.

  • Ground School online and classroom membership valid for one year

  • Prices subject to change

  • Taxes not included

Training Aircraft

Piper Cherokee 140

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