FAQ

Why CPA?

We are committed to the highest quality of training and student experience, as an accredited school. 

Why airlines would like to hire CPA graduates?

We go above and beyond the licensing requirements of Transport Canada to provide the training that the industry requires. 

Anything other than flight training?

We offer our students a competitive edge and advanced management training by offering a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree. 

How we benefit our student?

Our high standards of training are recognized by employers throughout the industry and our students continue to benefit from our outstanding reputation. Our partnership with Air Georgian allows our students and instructors to gain employment after their  training. 

What kind of facility do we have?

Our facilities includes King Air-Turbo Prop simulators, classrooms, briefing rooms, an airside dispatch center and student lounge. 

How do I obtain Transport Canada Aviation certificate?

Find an approved Civil Aviation Medical Examiner on the Transport Canada website: http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/came-meac/l.aspx?lang=eng. Contact the Program Administrator at info@coastalpacific.com if you are not sure what category of medical you will be required to have.

What are the English requirements?

During the application process at Coastal Pacific Aviation, there will be an in-house language assessment completed.

What programs do you offer at Coastal?

Our school provides Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Multi-IFR Ratings, Flight Instructor Rating, and ATPL Course.

What planes do you have and how much roughly do they cost?

We have Cessna 172 m and p models ($175/hr) for PPL/CPL/Flight Instructor.  And Piper Twin Comanche PA-30 ($390/hr) for Multi-IFR.

How much does it cost in each program?

There is no way to tell an exact number on the tuition of any flight training program. The cost varies according to many different factors, such as student diligence, weather, schedules, etc. 

All the estimated tuition is according to the minimum requirements from Transport Canada. And these estimates include ground school, simulators and flights.

For PPL, the estimate is $12,169, for CPL: $15,200, Multi-engine: $4,161, Instrument Rating: $7,628, Instructor Rating: $10192.5. Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Program includes PPL, CPL, Multi-IFR, ATPL and Multi-Crew Cooperation in Boeing 747 Simulator, the estimate is $90,302.

Students also pay systems fees to Talon Systems company for schedule and efficient training structure, this is charged according to student’s remaining lesson plans so the faster you go the less you pay.

How long does it cost to finish each program?

The answer of this question also varies according to different students and many other factors. However, according to our experience, generally, PPL usually takes a minimum of 4 months to finish, CPL 6 months, Multi-IFR 3 months, Instructor Rating 4 months. These times are estimated based on the best scenario, such as great weather and smooth progress, etc.

How is the ground school like? When does it start? How long can I finish them?

For ground schools, it takes about 6 weeks to finish the PPL one and 2 months to finish the CPL one. If you have finished the ground school in other schools, please provide us the certificate, transcript and hours so that our instructor could write a reference letter for you to complete the Transport Canada written exam. 

Once you got registered, you can start at any time for flying part, and follow up the ground school on January, May or September. These are the winter, summer and fall ground schools we are currently offering for the students. 

The ground school starts from 17:00 to 19:30, Monday to Friday.

How do I pay the fee?

For fees, you pay the whole amount of the program you are going to study. All the money goes into your student account and the money will only be deducted upon flights/ground school/ground briefings/simulator flying. 

 

Students usually put $5,000 into their account if it is hard to pay all tuition upfront. If you can work hard, you may finish early, and the tuition you deposited will be enough, but we do have experiences that some students found difficulties in certain lesson plans and they need to train more, hence they put more money into their account and their training will overall cost more. This really depends on person, weather and many other factors.

I am international student, how do you issue the letter of acceptance? How can I get the Visa?

For international students, the most common question is Visa, we will issue the Letter of Acceptance letter to you after you pay the whole amount of tuition for your program, then you can use the letter to apply for the visa.

To be more specific, you will fill the application form, submit all the required documents and pay the application fee, it's 150 for local students and 350 for international students. Then you will pay the tuition for the program you intend to study. After we finish your registration and receive your tuition, we will proceed to issue you the letter of acceptance.

We need to have the tuition as a guarantee for our school because there were malicious people who pretended to be international students, they paid the application fee and got LOA and they got a Visa to come to Canada. The problem is that it was not their intention to study. They cheated the school to work in Canada illegally, so we need to prevent things like this happen.

How do I complete the application process? What are the required documents for the application?

To complete the application process you will need to:


-Fill out the application form 


-Obtain your Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate. 

You can do complete this after you are accepted and arrive at Canada if you could not find a convenient place near your current residence.

Here is a link to their website where you can find an aviation doctor near you:
http://wwwapps.tc.gc.ca/saf-sec-sur/2/came-meac/l.aspx?lang=eng.


-Send a copy of 

*your valid passport  

*any educational certificate/degree/diploma 

*a letter of recommendation


- Please pay a one-time administrative fee of $350 CAD Dollars
($500 for international students)

> *IELTS A or G minimum of 5.0 FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS whose first language is not English. Other international language proficiency tests are also recognized with scores that are equivalent to IELTS 5.0. 


*Please note that there will be a 3% extra charge by the bank if
pay by credit card

What is your DLI number?

O19377035282

I have a foreign pilot license, can you help me with licensing conversion?

For licensing conversion, you have to contact Transport Canada. They will give a list of document they need and checklist to follow.  You can also take the ground school at CPA as a refresher course to review all the knowledge you need in order to convert the license if necessary.

If you need to refresh your knowledge or build your aviation knowledge with Canadian background, you can attend our ground school to help you with the tests.

I am currently a university student, can I complete the flight training and university programs at the same time?

Yes you can, however, we do not recommend you to complete the university program and flight training program at the same time. This is because flight training process is extremely depended on the weather conditions. You will need to focus on flight training in the good weather days, or, in times like winters of BC, you will have no chance to fly because of the rain or snow.  

Besides, flight training requires continuous focus and input, if you are interrupted by other programs, you may need to repeat the lesson plans in order to satisfy the requirements for each exercise from our standards and Transport Canada’s standards.

Finally, both flight training and university program require high level of intention and focus in the process of obtaining the licenses or degree/diploma. Choosing one between the two is recommended.

How is the university program like?

You can do a Bachelor of Business Administration (Aviation) degree or diploma at UFV with us. For more details on admission, application, tuition and other information, please check the links below:

https://www.ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsA-B/AV_DIP_2YR.htm

https://ufv.ca/calendar/current/ProgramsA-B/AV_DEG.htm

You get the flight licenses and degree/diploma upon graduation. Students receive flight training at CPA and use the licenses they get to show to UFV, and then they are granted with credits.

If you only want to do flight training, we have Accelerated Pilot Programs available now, you can register any program you would do and we get you an instructor! 

Career Path

  1. How is the pilot career like?

There are three major goals in becoming a pilot, the first one is flying by yourself and taking passengers, if this is your goal, you can take Private Pilot License (PPL) Training, upon completion of the training, you will apply and receive PPL from Transport Canada, this license basically allows you to take passengers, fly by yourself and receiving any further training, however, you could never make money from this license legally, for example, you cannot take 2 passengers from Abbotsford to Victoria and charge them 100 dollars. 

The second option is to become a commercial pilot, you will finish your PPL and then get your CPL (Commercial Pilot License). To make it simple, this license allows you to get paid by flying for other people or company. Once you get your CPL, you can apply for jobs at oil companies in Alberta and fly to help inspect their pipelines. This example position is also known as Pipeline Pilot. Of course, there are other options, like geographical survey pilot, scenery pilot, tourism pilot, etc.

The third one is professional pilot path, which means you intend to work for airlines and take flying as your career. After you obtain PPL and CPL, you will need to take your multi-engine rating training and multi-engine instrument rating training. When you have these licenses and ratings, you are legally qualified for airlines, however, airlines usually require certain number of flying hours as an essential requirement. So, pilots usually take the flight instructor rating course to become an instructor, in order to build hours, after you have enough hours, you will be more confident to apply for airlines.

To summarize, the progress for flight training in general is PPL - CPL- Multi-Multi IFR (Instrument Rating)-Flight Instructor Rating.

School Info 

  1. Where is the school located? What are the advantages of this location?

       The school locates at Abbtosford International Airport, which gives many advantages such as follows:

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       -Geographically closer to Summas Practice Area, which saves time and money for commuting to the place.

       -The training area features with various types of landscape and geographical marks, mountain, river, plain, lake, town, city, highway, power lines. These give advantages to students in terms of navigation and directional identification.

       -Inside controlled tower, which enhances pilots' radio communication and approaching/departure procedures.

       

      -Great weather, it is usually impossible for cold/warm fronts to approach the airport, which increases number of flyable days in a year.

  2. What are the features of the school?

       Founded in 1973, together with the airport development, CPA features great quality of lesson plans and safey standards.  In terms of training quality, our motto is: Always higher standards.

       

      CPA also has its own hangar and maintenance for aircraft safety, with 22 aircraft and 18 instructors (this number may change if instructors are hired to airlines), you always have a spot to fly.

(604) 855-1112

30575 Approach Dr, Abbotsford, BC V2T 6H5, Canada

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