Get answers to all your questions regarding flight training, commercial and private pilot licensing, ground school and more on this page. If you still need more information, we welcome you to call us and discuss your flight training goals.
Your training will involve both in-flight training, and ground training (each are separate entities). You can start your flight training any time you want, and you can schedule your own time (as much or as little as you want). The ground school is conducted in our classroom and runs one night or morning per week.
No, we actually recommend you do a couple of flying lessons before you do your ground school, this way your instructor will cover things such as ‘Theory of Flight’ before you start your 15 weeks of ground school, and will help you understand the lessons better.
We have a wide variety of instructors at Spectrum Airways. They are all certified by Transport Canada. If you would like us to suggest an instructor for you, please let us know. We usually recommend that you keep one primary instructor and one secondary instructor (in case your instructor isn’t available).
To get a Private Pilot License, you will need a “Category III” Medical. This must be conducted by a Transport Canada approved medical examiner. This medical is generally a half an hour to ensure you are “fit to fly” for recreation. The fees vary from doctor to doctor, but are generally around $100.00. We have a list of Doctors in the area available for you. If you are getting a Recreational Permit, you will need a “Category IV” Medical, which can be conducted by your family doctor.
Dr. Sansome 905-632-7818 Burlington
Dr. Moore 905-822-3993 Mississauga
Dr. Merali 905-844-3281 Oakville
Dr. Merali 416-253-9769 Etobicoke
Transport Canada’s minimums for flight training is 45 hours. 17 dual (with an instructor), and 12 solo (by yourself). The average flight time which a student takes though is 65 hours including dual and solo. There is no set time which we can give you; it totally depends on the student and how often they are able to come in.
First thing’s first – you will need to get a Private Pilot license. If you are interested in becoming an “airline pilot”, you will need a Commercial license, and a Multi-IFR (Multi Engine rating with an Instrument Rating). You have the option to complete these in any order you want. Some may wish to complete the Commercial license first, and then move onto the Multi and Multi-IFR. Others will complete their Multi and/or their Multi-IFR within their Commercial License (this will cut down on the total cost of getting each license/rating individually). We can help you decide which is right for you.
We recommend you email us or call in to book a discovery flight, which will get you out to the Airport and up for an introductory lesson. At that time, you can go for a tour of the facility and ask your Instructor any questions that you have about licensing, and your training. We also recommend that you put your name on the list for the next ground school as soon as possible.