Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) is flying the aircraft by referring primarily to instruments in the aircraft cockpit without visual reference to the ground (this means you are flying in, or above the clouds where you cannot see the ground). The aircraft must contain appropriate IFR equipment, and the pilot must be specially trained and licensed. And Centennial provides some of the best IFR training in Canada.

Flying in IFR conditions is the most precise and challenging flying a professional pilot will encounter. The course itself combines the actual flying of an aircraft with the rules, procedures and instrument navigation skills, enabling you to take off and land in conditions where you may only be able to see a mere half-mile in front of the aircraft.

Centennial’s state-of-the-art, full-motion, Redbird FMX simulator (pictured) gives the student an extremely realistic experience before they operate an aircraft under similar conditions. In the simulator, emergencies are practiced that cannot be safely conducted in the aircraft during actual IFR flight. Our simulator and Seneca have both been configured – including a Garmin 530 and Garmin 430 GPS so that the instrument panels are nearly identical. This technique is used by Airlines to make the transition from the simulator to aircraft as smooth as possible.

Whenever possible flight training in C-GNJX, our Seneca, is conducted in actual IMC (instrument meteorological conditions). This allows us to train you in conditions that will better prepare you for the situations you will encounter when you gain a position in the industry. The aircraft is also equipped with a Slaved Compass System incorporating an HSI and RMI. A fully IFR Certified GPS combination of a Garmin 530 and a Garmin 430 has been installed so that you may train in GPS navigation techniques.


  • Canadian Private Pilot License
  • 50 hours cross-country pilot-in-command
  • Multi-engine rating (for multi-engine IFR)

Course Outline

  • 20 hours dual Redbird FMX simulator
  • 20 hours dual aircraft
  • Over 50 hours ground school


  • Canada Air Pilot 3
  • Low Enroute Charts
  • Terminal Chart
  • A.I.M.
  • Canada Flight Supplement
  • Instrument Procedures Manual

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Mountain Check-out

Mountain flying is probably the most beautiful flying you will ever do. But, to fly in the mountains requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. Once you have attained your PPL, you can fly with any of Centennial’s experienced instructors in the majestic Rocky Mountains for your Mountain check-out. You will receive ground instruction with respect to pilot physiology, aircraft performance, mountain weather, and topography. The actual flight in the mountains will put your ground training to use as well as teach you the techniques and skills required for mountain aviation.

Turbine Engine & Operations Seminar

The Turbine course offers advanced ground school training in turbine engines. You will learn the theory and operation of turbine engines, advanced electrical systems, high altitude operations, crew coordination, and pressurization control. When you complete this course you will be ready for flight training in turbine aircraft.

Basic Survival & First Aid Seminar

This course is a must for any pilot. A basic understanding of survival skills and techniques, as well as basic first aid, will be introduced to you from the perspective of a pilot. Survival physiology, shelter building, fire lighting, signalling, and many other topics will be covered. Though these types of courses are offered out of Centennial, this course has been specialized to be directed at pilots specifically. (This course goes well with the Mountain Check-out).

Contact Us Today

Centennial Flight Centre Inc.
Building Hangar 42
Villeneuve Airport
Sturgeon County, AB, Canada
T8T 0E3

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