Private Pilots License

This is where you are introduced to the world of aviation and learn the basics of flight. You are initiated into the full range of aircraft maneuvers and navigation during air training exercises, as well as learning flight theory, weather and other subjects in ground school. The Canadian Private Pilot Licence will allow you to carry passengers in light single-engine airplanes during daylight hours in good (VFR) weather conditions.

Admission Requirements

Transport Canada requires the candidate:

  • to be a minimum of 17 years of age (16 years for Student Permit)
  • to hold a Category 3 medical (If continuing to a Commercial Licence, a Category 1 medical should be obtained)
  • to be a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or person lawfully admitted to Canada for flight training
  • to have acquired a minimum of 40 hours of ground training, and 45 hours of flight training broken down as follows:
    1. minimum 17 hours dual instruction
    2. minimum 12 hours solo practice
    3. combination of dual and solo to attain flight test standards

Ground Training

Centennial has developed a continuous ground school system to allow students to start at any time for the Private License. The classes run every Tuesday and Thursday from 19:00 to 21:30. Though Transport Canada requires 40 hours, the ground school consists of 55 hours of formal instruction in the following subjects:

  • Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
  • Flight Operations
  • Canadian Aviation Regulations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Radio and Electronic Theory
  • Airframes, Engines and Systems
  • Flight Instruments
  • Licensing Requirements
  • Human Factors and Pilot Decision Making

Flight Training

Flight training consists of 5 phases:

  1. Essential training to the first solo level. This is all dual (flying with your instructor) and is followed by three hours of solo practice.
  2. Advanced flight training involves advanced techniques for forced approaches and specialty take-offs and landings (e.g. operating from soft or short fields).
  3. Navigation involving dual and solo cross-country flights with no less than 3 hours dual and 5 hours solo.
  4. An introduction to instrument flying.
  5. Preparation for the flight test: dual and solo as required by the student to reach a level of proficiency necessary to pass the flight test.

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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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