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What you will Achieve from this Program

When you complete this program, you will obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence, a Multi-engine Class Rating, and a Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating. issued by Transport Canada.  You will have receive 20-hours Multi-crew Training on turbo prop (King Air) and turbo jet (Boeing 747) simulators, and with this will automatically qualify as an Airline Transport Pilot Licence upon completion of 1500 hours flying experience within 5 years of graduation (most professional pilots accumulate 1000 hours flying experience per year).  You will additionally receive a Certificate of Completion—Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence from Coastal Pacific Aviation. 

 

The holder of a Commercial Pilot License may exercise the privileges of Pilot-in-command of any aircraft engaged in a commercial air service where the aircraft requires a minimum flight crew of one pilot—e.g., air taxi services—or the privileges of Second-in-command (First Officer) of any multi-crew aircraft—e.g., aircraft used in commuter or airline services.  The holder of an Airline Transport Pilot Licence has the additional privilege of Pilot-in-command (Captain) on a multi-crew aircraft.

Overview of Pilot Training

The training syllabus can be summarized as being comprised of four phases, separated by the completion of training outcomes as summarized below:

Phase 1—Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

 

Training Platforms:  Cessna 172 and PFC FTD

AchievementsCompletion of the ground school courses (AV161) and flight training courses (AV162); completion of the Private Pilot Licence. 

Advancement Requirements: Successful completion of the course work and the Private Pilot Licence.

Phase 2—Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

 

Training Platforms:: Cessna 172 and PFC FTD

AchievementsCompletion of the ground school courses (AV201, AV231, AV302 and AV332) and flight training courses (AV211, AV221, AV312, and AV322); completion of the Commercial Pilot Flight Test, and Commercial Pilot Written examination (CPAER).

Advancement RequirementsSuccessful completion of the course work, the Commercial Pilot Flight Test, and the Commercial Pilot Written examination (CPAER).

Phase 3—Multi-engine Class Rating (MER)

 

Training Platforms:  Cessna 172, Piper Twin Comanche PA-30, and PFC FTD

Achievements:  Completion of the ground school courses (AV401 and AV431) and flight training courses (AV411 and AV421); completion of the Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-Engine Class Rating.

Advancement RequirementsSuccessful completion of the course work, the Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi-engine Class Rating.

Phase 4—Group 1 Instrument Rating and Airline Transport Pilot Training (IFR/ATPL)

 

Training Platforms:  Cessna 172, Piper Twin Comanche PA-30, PFC FTD, and King Air FTD

Achievements:  Completion of the ground school courses (AV402 and AV432) and flight training courses (AV412 and AV422); completion of the Group 1 Instrument Rating.

Advancement RequirementsSuccessful completion of the course work and the Group 1 Instrument Rating.

Phase 5—Multi-crew Cooperation (MCC)—Boeing 747 Simulator

 

Training Platform:  Boeing 747 FTD

AchievementsCompletion of the ground school courses (AV403, AV405, and AV404) and the Boeing 747 MCC flight training course (AV 414).

Advancement RequirementsSuccessful completion of the course work and the Meteorology, Radio Aids to Navigation and Flight Planning Transport Canada Written Examination (SAMRA) and the Aviation Regulations and Air Traffic Procedures, Aeroplane Operations and General Navigation Transport Canada Written Examination (SARON).

Start Date

The Airline Transport Pilot Program begins the first week of September, and the first week of December each year; owing to the complex array of groundschool courses, a minimum enrollment of seven students is required before a scheduled start date is activated.

Program Training Time Summary

Requirements for Entrance (Prerequisites) 

Students must hold a Category 1 Medical Certificate prior to attempting the Commercial Pilot flight test, or prior to attempting the qualifying Commercial Pilot written examination.   To be eligible to write the qualifying written examination, Commercial Pilot students must complete 50% of their flight experience requirements (CAR 421.13(4)).

The minimum age  for the Private Pilot Licence is 17-years of age, the minimum age requirement to qualify for a Commercial Pilot Licence is 18-years of age, and the minimum age required to qualify for the Airline Transport Pilot Licence is 21.

In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), all pilots must demonstrate English Language proficiency.

Transport Canada's Minimum Requirements for Completion

The requirements for the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program are specified by Transport Canada, both with respect to the licences and ratings required in the prerequisite pilot training (Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Group 1 Instrument Rating, etc.), and the training requirements for approved Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Programs.  In this regard, here are the links to Transport Canada's Canadian Aviation Regulations on which the information in this section is based:

 

  1. Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program Requirements (see CARs 426.75 [5])

  2. Private Pilot Requirements

  3. Commercial Pilot Requirements

  4. Instrument Rating Requirements

  5. Multi-engine Class Rating Requirements (see CARs 421.38 [3])

  6. Airline Transport Pilot Licence Requirements

The follow is a summary of Transport Canada Requirments:

Knowledge Requirements—Ground School Instruction

In accordance with CARs 426.75 (5), graduates of the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program shall have completed a minimum of 750 hours ground school instruction including at least the following subjects:

  1. With respect to Private Pilot Groundschool and Commercial Pilot Groundschool:

    1. Canadian Aviation Regulations,

    2. aerodynamics and theory of flight,

    3. meteorology,

    4. airframes, engines and systems,

    5. flight instruments,

    6. radio and electronic theory,

    7. navigation,

    8. flight operations,

    9. licensing requirements, and

    10. human factors including pilot decision-making.

    11. Instrument Rating Operations and Procedures, including

    12. Canadian Aviation Regulations;

  2. With respect to Instrument Rating Groundschool:

    1. Meteorology;

    2. Instruments;

    3. Radio and Radar systems; and

    4. Navigation.

  3. With respect to Airline Transport Pilot Licence Groundschool:

    1. general system of weather collection and dissemination,

    2. weather map, weather forecast, weather abbreviations, symbols and nomenclature,

    3. pressure systems and their association with fronts, cloud forms and icing conditions,

    4. the movement of upper winds and their effect on aircraft operations,

    5. weather service circulars and instructions for air route meteorological service which are pertinent to aircraft operations, and

    6. radio communication procedures relating to aircraft operation; and

    7. basic principles of air navigation such as formulae, instruments and other navigational aids which are commonly used in the navigation of aircraft,

    8. basic principles of loading and weight distribution and their effect on flight characteristics,

    9. Canadian Aviation Regulations, Air Traffic Rules and Procedures, Information Circulars and NOTAM, and

    10. human factors, including pilot decision-making.

Knowledge Requirements—Written Examination

All applicants shall have obtained minimum required passing grade on the following written examinations:

 

  1. Private Pilot Licence—Aeroplane (PPAER);

  2. Commercial Pilot Licence—Aeroplane (CPAER);

  3. Instrument Rating (INRAT);

  4. Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Meteorology, Radio Aids to Navigation and Flight Planning (SAMRA);

  5. Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Air Law, Aeroplane Operation and Navigation General (SARON)

 

Experience Requirements

In accordance with CARs 426.75 (5), graduates of the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program shall have completed a minimum of 205 hours flight time, including all flight tests, of which up to 55 hours may be instrument ground time.  The 205 hours flight time shall consist of at least:

  1. 105 hours of dual instruction flight time conducted by the holder of a flight instructor rating, of which up to 55 hours may be instrument ground time;

  2. 100 hours pilot-in-command flight time supervised by the holder of a flight instructor rating;

  3. 50 hours cross-country flight time as pilot-in-command, including a VFR cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and including 3 landings at points other than that of departure;

  4. 10 hours of night flight time including a minimum of 5 hours dual instruction flight time, including 2 hours of cross-country flight time and 5 hours solo flight time, including 10 take-offs, circuits and landings;

  5. 75 hours of instrument flight time, of which up to 30 hours may be instrument ground time, or up to 55 hours if the training is conducted in a simulator or flight training device that can be used for an instrument rating renewal flight test, including:

    • 60 hours of instrument flight time; and

    • 15 hours multi-crew cooperation (MCC) training, for which either a multi-engine aeroplane required to be operated with a co-pilot or a flight simulator or flight training device suitable for multi-crew training may be used.

 

Skill Requirements

A graduate of the Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program shall have successfully completed the following flight tests:

  1. Private Pilot Licence

  2. Commercial Pilot Licence

  3. Multi-engine Class Rating

  4. Group 1 (Multi-engine) Instrument Rating

Estimated Training Costs 

The following are the minimum estimated cost for students based on Transport Canada's minimum requirements.  Please keep in mind that the above pricing is subject to change without notice—this permits the school to respond timely to significant fluctuations in aviation fuel costs.  Importantly, Coastal Pacific Aviation does not charge students with a fuel surcharge—a practice common with flight schools whereby the added cost of fuel is not published on websites under training costs.  Please also note that the training costs of the Airline Transport Pilot Program outlined below includes all time-building experience.

Important Considerations for the estimated costs of Pilot Training

It is important to note that the training costs for pilot training is difficult to predict owing to the fact that the training frequency among student vary, as does the skill level of students with regard to both flight training and written examination preparation. 

 

If a student has difficulty in preparing for written examination, the effect of this is likely to be simply delayed completion—delayed completion does add to expenses—food and housing while being a student, for example—but this is much less than the costs of having to add more practice flights to the air training. 

 

The more significant cost variable therefore pertains to the flying skill levels of students—students must meet the flying standards of Canadian Commercial Pilots as established by Transport Canada, and as outlined in the applicable flight test guide. 

 

Be aware that Flight Instructors are required by Transport Canada not to recommend students for flight tests unless they have a reasonable expectation the student will be successful—if a Flight Instructor’s passing rate for flight tests does not meet published standards (CAR 421.67[2]), Flight Instructors—as well as the flight school—are subject to Transport Canada review and penalties. 

 

What is the best way to deal with this risk?  In the case of Airline Transport Pilot students, we recommend that they retain an additional $10,000 in reserve for financial planning purposes should a cost overrun be encountered.  Just to be on the cautious side, we recommend Commercial Pilot Students do the same.  We also point out that—in all cases—training costs can be substantially reduced in conjunction with regular flying and effective student self-study and preparation for flights.

Important Considerations for International Students

For International Students, our admissions process requires that you send a non-refundable $500 administrative fee, payable to Coastal Pacific Aviation, which will be used to fund administrative and courier costs, including the preparation and issue of the Letter of Acceptance.  You will use Letter of Acceptance when you begin your application for a Study Permit and Visa.  All payments made by International students must be made by Wire Transfer—please contact Jing (Ashley) He, Coastal Pacific Aviation’s Accounting Officer via email to obtain detailed information on how to pay with Wired Transfer.  For all sorts of additional information importance to International Students, please see the International Students’ Page of this website.

Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program