Successful completion of the Flight Instructor Rating Program at Acadia College will lead to to qualification as a Class IV Flight Instructor Rating issued by Transport Canada. The Class IV Rating is the starting point of all newly trained Flight Instructor, where progressive movement through the Class III, Class II, and Class I categories is based on experience in flight training operations.
The prerequisite for entrance into the Flight Instructor Rating Program is the Commercial Pilot Licence.
Like most pilot training endeavours, training for the Flight Instructor Rating has two parallel components–classroom training (groundschool)–which leads to writing the Transport Canada qualifying written examination, and air training–which leads to completion of the qualifying Transport Canada flight test. This two events have time limits–the flight test must be completed within two years of completing the written examination, or the written examination must be completed within a year of completing the flight test.
Acadia College runs a regular cycle of groundschool classes though out the year. The full time Instructor Rating Groundschool starts two time a year, with formal intake the first week of March, and the first week of September. Part-time training is possible, but must be arranged separately by individual students. Here are the Commercial Pilot Groundschool start dates for 2023 and 2024:
Full-Time Start Dates
Contact the Chief Flying Instructor directly for scheduling.
Student can begin their Instructor Rating training once they have completed their Commercial Pilot Licence; however, groundschool and reading research can begin earlier with assigned pre-reading and preparation with respect to Preparatory Ground Instructor–the core feature of Instructor Rating groundschool. Contact the Chief Flying Instructor for more information of pre-reading and preparation for this program.
The following is a proposed change to this program’s prerequisites, pending approval from StudentAidBC: “Students seeking financial aid from StudentAidBC must have graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction; or a minimum of 19 years of age or older before the start of classes and has demonstrated evidence at the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension and/or written skills to enable successful completion of the program.” Please contact the CFI if you have any comments or questions.
To meet the requirements necessary to write the qualifying Transport Canada written examination for Flight Instructor Rating, student must complete 15 hours of dual flight instruction, and must have received a letter of recommendation from a Flight Instructor. Once the written examination is successfully completed, students have one year to complete the qualifying Flight Instructor Rating Flight Test.
Student can begin their air instruction for the Flight Instructor Rating once they qualify for their Commercial Pilot Licence.
Knowledge Requirements—Groundschool Instruction
Candidates must complete a minimum of 25 hours of Instructor Rating groundschool instruction which must include the following:
Knowledge Requirements—Written Examination
Candidates must obtain a minimum of 70% in the written examination Flight Instructor Rating—Aeroplane Class 4 (AIRAF), which includes the following subjects:
Candidates must complete a minimum of 30 hours of dual flight instruction on overall pilot proficiency and the presentation of all exercises set out in the Flight Instructor Guides and shall include a minimum of 5 hours of training in the teaching of instrument flight skills. A maximum 5 of the 30 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or flight training device.
Candidates must successfully complete a flight test in accordance with Flight Instructor Flight Test Guide.
Hours: 25 hours
Total: $ 1000.00
Hours: 30 hours @ $264.00/hour
Total: $ 7920.00
Hours: 6 hours @ $70.00/hour
Total: $ 420.00
Total Flight Training Costs: $9340.00
Application Fee for Canadian Students: $150.00
Applications Fee for International Students: $350.00
Administration Fee for International Students: $500.00
Importantly, training costs vary with the frequency of training and each student’s skill, and the training time required for students to meet the qualifying performance standards vary. Training costs can be substantially reduced in conjunction with regular flying and effective student self-study and preparation for flights.
Prepayment of fees is not required. Students pay tuition and aircraft unitizations at the conclusion of training flights, and pay groundschool tuition at the beginning of the session.
All flight schools in the Province British Columbia are required by law to charge the Provincial Sales Tax (7%) to all dual training flights, and they must charge both the PST and the GST (5%) to all solo training flights. Books and supplies are charged both GST and PST. Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Debit Cards are accepted, but there is a 3% surcharge on credit card payments.
Effective January 1, 2023, the aircraft utilization rates for Acadia College students are as follows:
Cessna 152: $194 per hour
Cessna 172: $220 per hour
Importantly, Acadia College DOES NOT APPLY A “FUEL SURCHARGE”. Owing to fluctuational fuel costs, aircraft utilization rates for students are subject to change without notice.
For additional information on pilot training costs, contact the Chief Flying Instructor.