Edmonton, Alberta, Canada's Premier Flight School

Commercial Pilot Licence

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The exercises that you learned and practiced for your Private Pilot Licence are now perfected and polished, along with advanced instrument flying. Also included in the Commercial Licence is your Night Rating. The course itself is 65 hours long. The Commercial Licence requires a minimum of 200 hours total time, including hours flown while training for the Private Licence. The required build-up time will be accumulated throughout your training.

Admission Requirements

  • It is recommended that you are educated to a Canadian High School Graduate standard or equivalent. Potential students not meeting this standard will be assessed on an individual basis.
  • Candidates must have a working knowledge of the English language. All interviews and lessons will be conducted in English, the recognized international language of aviation.
  • You must meet the standard of a Transport Canada Category 1 medical examination.
  • You must be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant or person lawfully admitted into Canada for the purpose of flight training.
  • You must be a minimum 18 years of age to be licenced but you can begin your training prior to your 18th birthday.
  • Candidates must possess a Private Pilot Licence.

The lessons will be structured somewhat differently than the Private Pilot Licence course in that for every hour of dual flying you will perform two to three hours of solo practice. The instrument training focuses on control of the aircraft with sole reference to the aircraft flight instruments. This training will form a solid basis for your instrument rating.

Ground School

Transport Canada requires a minimum of 80 hours of ground school. Centennial has developed a 110 hour program (download schedule in PDF) to ensure that you attain the level of knowledge that is expected by the industry today.

It includes the following material:

  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Air Frames, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Radio and Electronics Theory
  • Navigation
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Flight Operations
  • Human Factors and Pilot Decision Making
  • *BONUS* Mountain Flying

Licensing Requirements

  • Upon completion, the candidate must have a minimum of 200 hours total time, of which 100 hours must be pilot-in-command. (Includes hours from the Private Pilot course.)
  • A minimum of 30 hours solo and 35 hours dual is required on course. The breakdown requirements are as follows:
    • Dual (35 hours)
      • 20 hours instrument
      • 5 hours night
      • 10 hours advanced flying techniques
    • Solo (30 hours)
      • includes a 300 nautical mile cross-country and 5 hours of night flying
  • A minimum of 80 hours of ground school is required while on the course.
  • Must pass Transport Canada written and flight exams.
Centennial Flight Centre
Hangar 42, Villeneuve Airport
26-27018 SH633
Sturgeon County, AB, Canada
T8T 0E3
How to Find Us
780-451-7676 (p)
780-452-3575 (f)

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada's Premier Flight School