The Private Pilot License is the entry license. An applicant must be 14 years old to start training and 17 to be licensed and pass a minimum category 3 medical. The training may take from 3-6 months to complete depending on the availability of the student. Upon completion of the license you will be able to fly passengers in any single engine non-high performance aircraft anywhere in the world, under day VFR conditions*. You may not however fly for hire.
The Calgary Flight Training Centre is committed to excellence in training tomorrow’s aviators.
The Commercial Pilot License is required to work as a pilot. An applicant must already hold a Private Pilot License and pass a minimum category 1 medical. The Commercial Pilot training can take 6-12 month to complete depending on the availability of the student to study for the written exam and complete the time build-up to 200 hours as required by Transport Canada. Upon completion you will be a licensed commercial pilot and will be able to fly for reward by day or night in VFR conditions* on single engine aircraft.
A Recreational Pilot Permit is the most basic permit available and it is not a license due to the restrictions that accompany it. An applicant must be 16 years of age to receive the permit and pass a minimum category 4 medical. The training will take 2-4 month to complete. Upon obtaining your permit, you may only fly in Day VFR conditions* with one passenger and will be limited to Canadian airspace only while enjoying the privilege of flying a maximum of a four seater aircraft that you could own or rent.
A Multi-Engine Rating is required to fly multi-engine aeroplanes. It can be endorsed on a Private or Commercial Pilot License. An applicant must already hold a Private Pilot License. The training may take 2-4 weeks to complete. And an applicant may challenge the flight test at anytime. CFTC is in the process of acquiring a Piper Seminole as our training platform.
An Instrument Rating is required to fly in IFR conditions. This rating can be acquired on a single engine or multi-engine airplane. An applicant must hold a private pilot license. Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot license to start the training. CFTC has recently acquired a limited motion simulator made by Red Bird with the Seminole platform for the IFR training.
* Visual flight rules (VFR) are a set of regulations which allow a pilot to operate an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going.