Private Pilot Licence
Fly for the fun of it!
First step in a aviation career.
Fly any Canadian Registered airplane anywhere in the world.
No limit to the number of passengers.
Add ratings to fly at night, in cloud, multi engine, advanced airplanes.
17 years of age at the completion of the training. A student can start as young as 13 to train toward the Private Licence.
Class 1 or 3 medical. Obtained from an aviation medical examiner. After the medical examination it can take a month to receive the certificate in the mail, so the sooner the better to avoid delays in your training. You need the medical certicate to fly solo, dual training can be completed without a medical certificate.
A minimum of 45 hours of flight training including:
- 17 hours dual, including 5 hours Instrument Training, 3 hours cross-country
- 12 hours solo , including 5 hours cross-country
- Flight test
A miniumum of 40 hours ground school including:
- Instruction on Air Exercises, Pre solo Requirments, Radio Operators Certificate Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
- Written examination
- Depending on the students learning style there are different ways to complete ground school. Check them out on our ground school page.
Dual: Flight with a flight instructor. The student will seat in the left pilot seat and the instructor will be in the right seat. The airplane has full dual controls.
Solo: Flight with the student as the only occupant. Solo flight is supervised by the flight instructor for each flight.
The student should have the following material: Harv’s Air PPL Manual, From the Ground up, Flight Training Manual, Plotter, Flight Computer (E6B or CX2), Pilot Training Record (PTR), Logbook, and Winnipeg VNC/VTA Charts, and Pilot Operating Handbook.
Air Training Outline: The following exercises are covered on the Private Pilot Course in the air with a flight instructor.
2. Aircraft Familiarization and Preparation for Flight
3. Ancillary Controls
5. Attitudes and Movements
6. Straight and Level Flight
10. Flight For Range and Endurance
11. Slow Flight
14. Spiral Dives
17. The Circuit
18. The Approach and Landing
19. The First Solo
20. Illusions Created by Drift — Low Flying
21. Precautionary Landings
22. Forced Landings
23. Pilot Navigation/Radio Navigation
24. Instrument Flying
29. Emergency Procedures
30. Flight Test Preperation
What is the difference between the Recreational Pilot Permit and the Private Pilot Licence? Checkout this page.
Training is at the student's pace and convenience.
For example, the Private Pilot course will take 5 weeks if full time (7 days a week, 10 hours a day effort) or 5 months if part time (3 lessons a week).