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Turn Your Pilot Dream Into Reality

Private Pilot Ground School

​Students will receive 40 hours of instruction in the following topics:

  • 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.

Ground School FAQ'S

  • Q: Is Coastal Pacific Aviation's In-Person Ground School Mandatory?

  • A: It is mandatory for Accelerated Professional Pilot Program students and International students.

  • Q: When does ground school start?

  • A: There are intakes every January, May, and September.

  • Q: How long is ground school?

  • A: The ground school sessions are each 3 hours in duration, and are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. All classes begin at 5:30pm for each intake.

  • Q: What materials will I need for ground school?

  • A: Please contact our office for a full list of materials you will need.

  • Q:Will I get the chance to ask my instructor questions?

  • A:Yes. Instructors often end class a few minutes early to allow for student questions.
  • Q: Is there an online component to the ground school?

  • A: No

  • Q: Will there be a final exam?

  • A: Yes, there will be a final exam. You will need to pass it with a minimum of 80% in order to get a recommendation letter to write the PPAER exam.

  • Q: Do I have to start flight training at the same time as I start ground school?

  • A: No. You can start flying at any time - before, after, or during your ground school training.


Private Pilot License Written Requirements

  • Minimum of 40 hours of ground school instruction

    • A Recommendation letter to write the PPAER exam from your ground school instructor (Your CPA ground school instructor will provide you with this

  • Write the PPAER Exam and pass each of the 4 sections with a minimum of 60%

    • Air Law​

    • Navigation

    • Meteorology

    • Aeronautics (General Knowledge)


  • Q: How many questions are on the PPAER and CPAER?

  • A: There are 100 Questions on each exam

  • Q: Where Can I write the exam?​

  • A: You can write the exam in the administration building. Call administration to book your exam.

  • Q: What if I do not pass the PPAER or CPAER?

  • A: If you get more than 60% overall on your examination, but get less that 60% on one of the four sections, then you will be given a 'partial pass', and will be guided to set up a time and come and re-write the section you did not pass.

    • in the case of a first failure, you can re-write the exam in 14 days;

    • in the case of a second failure, you can re-write the exam in 30 days;

    • in the case of a third or subsequent failure, 30 days plus an additional 30 days for each failure in excess of two failures, up to a maximum of 180 days.

    • If you get less than 60% overall, you will need to re-write the full exam (CARs 421.26.)

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