Private Pilot License

Private Pilot Licence

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Requirements For Admission

Age: minimum 17 years old

Requirements For Licence

Age: An applicant must be a minimum of 17 years of age
Medical Fitness: The licence is maintained by a valid Category 1 or 3 Medical Certificate

  •  Completed a minimum of 40 hours private pilot aeroplane 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
  • Obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subject areas as well as in the overall written examination Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane ( PPAER ):
    • Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence;
    • Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory;
    • Meteorology;
    • Aeronautics – General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments and flight operations.


An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 45 hours private pilot flight training in aeroplanes under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating – Aeroplane

  • The flight training shall include a minimum of:
    • 17 hours dual instruction flight time, including a minimum of 3 hours cross-country flight time and 5 hours of instrument time of which a maximum of 3 hours may be instrument ground time
    • 12 hours solo flight time, including 5 hours cross-country flight time with a flight of a minimum of 150 nautical miles which shall include 2 full stop landings at points other than the point of departure.


Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the permit, an applicant shall successfully complete a flight test in accordance with:

      • Schedule 3 “Flight Test for the Issuance of a Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane” of Standard 428 – Conduct of Flight Tests

Private Pilot License Estimated Cost

Estimated Course Fee Structure
Ground School

Hours: 40 hours

Total: $ 650.00

Dual Flying

Hours: 17 hours
Rate/Hour (CAD): $225.00/hr
Total: $ 3825.00

Solo Flying

Hours: 28 hours
Rate/Hour (CAD): $194.00/hr
Total: $ 4340.00

Ground Briefing

Hours: 10 hours
Rate/Hour (CAD): $70.00/hr
Total: $ 700.00


Hours: 3 hours
Rate/Hour (CAD): $130.00/hr
Total: $ 390.00


Other Fees

Domestic Student:
Application Fees:$150.00
International Students:
Application Fees:$350.00
Administration Fees:$500.00

TOTAL for PPL $ 9,905.00

The estimated total above is based on Cessna 152 not including the application and administration fees. All prices listed are before tax.



The estimated total above is based on Transport Canada minimum requirements. The length of training depends on a number of factors and costs will vary accordingly. Any additional training will be charged at the same hourly rates listed above. Aircraft costs may change based on fuel prices.

The estimated total above does not include any external cost that the student maybe required to pay outside of Acadia College such as the medical exam, written exam, and flight test.

All Prices are in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

*There will be 3% surcharge on credit card payments.

If you have previous flight experience, then these records should be traceable and acceptable to Transport Canada and will be credited subject to Transport Canada rules and regulations.

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For Licence requirements:

The Private Pilot License course does not require approval from Private Training Institution Branch.