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Commercial Pilot Course

Your start to a career in aviation.

Transport Canada has set out the training guidelines and minimum requirements to qualify for a Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane (CAR’s 421.30) as follows:

1.    The applicant must hold a valid Canadian Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane.
2.    The applicant must be at least 18 years of age to hold the Licence.
3.    The applicant must possess a Category 1 Medical Certificate (CAR’s 424.04 (3)) valid for a Commercial Pilot Licence - Aeroplane.


Each applicant shall have completed a minimum of 40 hours of ground school instruction on the following subjects: Canadian Aviation Regulations, Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight, Meteorology, Airframes, Engines and Systems, Flight Instruments, Radio and Electronic Theory, Navigation, Flight Operations, Licensing Requirements and Human Factors including Pilot Decision-Making.  Upon completion of the ground school and 100 hours of flight time the applicant may challenge the written examination.  

The applicant shall obtain a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas, AIR LAW, NAVIGATION, METEOROLOGY, AERONAUTICS. Commercial Pilot Licence- Aeroplane  (CPAER)


The applicant shall complete a minimum of 200 hours of flight time in aeroplanes, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command time; and the applicant shall, following the issue of a Private Pilot Licence - Aeroplane, have completed a minimum of 35 hours dual instruction flight time, including 10 hours night, which includes a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time; 5 hours cross-country and 20 hours of instrument flight time. 30 hours of solo flight time, including 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills, including a 300 NM radius cross-country from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure, 5 hours solo flight time by night during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings are to be completed.    


The applicant must have a valid medical certificate, a letter of recommendation and have completed a minimum 150 flight hours to be eligible for the flight test.

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the licence, an applicant shall successfully complete a flight test to the standard outlined in the Flight Test Standard Private and Commercial Pilot Licences - Aeroplanes (TP2655E).


Course Outline:

Flight training is available in a Cessna 172 and a Piper Archer, seven days a week, all year round.
35 Hours Dual            5040.00
30 Hours solo            2970.00
Ground Briefings                      475.00
Ground School              400.00
Supplies                            50.00
Exam Fee                          105.00
Licensing Fee                80.00
Flight Test Fee              200.00

Total course expense               $9320.00

Simulator               85.00 (can be used for extra training)
Prices do not include GST or medical fees

Dual Training: 35 hours as follows:
-    20 hours dual instrument flight time
-    15 hours advance dual training
-      5 hours night dual training
-      5 hours dual cross-country (including 2 hours dual night

Solo Training: 30 hours as follows:
-    25 hours general solo practice
-    a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure
-    5 hours solo night flying during which a minimum of 10 circuits and landings were completed

NOTE: The Night Rating and VFR OTT are included in the Commercial Pilot Course.

NOTE: The course cost above are subject to change without notice.  Be advised that the courses costs meet Transport Canada minimum requirements and due to individual differences in learning, that more flight training may be required to meet flight test standards.  Course costs do not include solo build up time and are an additional cost.

L.F.C. Flight Centre (2000) Ltd. is a locally owned company offering accredited flight instruction from Recreational Pilot Licence through to the Airline Transport Pilot Licence.

    L.F.C. Flight Centre (2000) Inc employs a full-time Class 1 Flight Instructor
    All courses are conducted in Lethbridge.
    We are an Alberta registered and licensed vocational school.
    Student financing  is available.