Earn Your Pilot License in Canada

Spectrum Airways welcomes students from around the world! Over the years we have
trained many international students to become successful Commercial Pilots. On this
page, we outline information about our program for international students, and
answer the most commonly asked questions regarding the commencement of flight

training with Spectrum. For any additional questions or concerns, be sure to contact us today!

Prior to Applying

Determine your eligibility for a Study Permit in Canada. You must be accepted by an approved designated learning institution with a current DLI number which Spectrum Airways possess. Here are some of the requirements you may need to meet:

  • You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your: 
    • Tuition fees
    • Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
    • Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada
  • You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada.
  • You may have to provide a police certificate or undergo a security check.
  • You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.
  • You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

Admission Requirements

If you feel you meet the Government of Canada’s requirements, the next step we
require is for you to complete an IELTS English proficiency test. You must pass this exam with a minimum score of 6 to be accepted into any of Spectrum Airways flight training programs.

Submitting your Application


1 - Email info@spectrumairways.com

We will review your request and your documents and will reply with your acceptance or refusal within a week of receipt.


2 - If accepted, we will issue you an invoice for the application fee via PayPal, in the amount of $350.00


3 - Upon receipt of your application and payment, we will issue you your Spectrum Airways 'Acceptance Letter' which you will use to apply for a study permit at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/study-how.asp


4 - Once you have been issued your study visa, you can contact us with your arrival date in Canada and set up an intake meeting with our Student Administrator.They will collect the required documents (a copy of your study visa and current pilot’s licence if you hold one) and have you fill out all the enrolment forms to get you set up as a student. Once this is completed, you will be given access to our on-line booking system and will be ready to start your training. Also, upon request, we will be able to provide you with links to cultural and religious organizations as well as academic support resources or peer counselling, that is available to you throughout your training.


5 -  You will be required to place a pre-determined deposit of monies into your student account prior to your first reservation with an instructor.

More Information regarding a Study Permit in Canada

To be eligible to study in Canada,

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You must have been accepted by a designated learning institution in Canada.

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You must prove that you have enough money to pay for your:

  • Tuition fees
  • Living expenses for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada and
  • Return transportation for yourself and any family members who come with you to Canada.
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You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record and not be a risk to the security of Canada. You may have to provide a police certificate or undergo a security check.

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You must be in good health and willing to complete a medical examination, if necessary.

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You must satisfy an immigration officer that you will leave Canada at the end of your authorized stay.

Exceptions

In some cases, you do not require a study permit to go to school in Canada.

Studying a Short-Term Course or Program

You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less. You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.

Foreign Representatives to Canada

If you are a family member or staff member of a foreign representative to Canada accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), you may not need a permit to study in Canada. You should contact your embassy in Canada. Your embassy can contact the Office of Protocol at DFATD to find out whether you need a study permit.

Members of Foreign Armed Forces

If you are a member of a foreign armed force under the Visiting Forces Act, you do not need a permit to study in Canada. If your family members, including minor children, want to study in Canada, they must meet the requirements.

Foreign Nationals Who Are Registered Indians in Canada

If you are a citizen of another country who has Registered Indian status in Canada, you do not need a permit to study in Canada.

Where are we located?

Spectrum Airways is located at Burlington Executive Airport in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We are approximately 30 minutes West of Toronto.

How long will this take, and what will it cost?

At Spectrum Airways, our students make up their own flying and study schedule. We are open seven days a week from 08:00-23:00. Everyone works and learns at different rates. Some students will come to us with no aviation experience, while others will come to us with a great deal of aviation experience. Therefore, it is impossible to give a standard quote for everyone. Realistically, you can expect to complete your training within a year to a year and a half, although it will depend upon weather and student skill/preparation level.

How do I apply for a student visa?

This process should be started as soon as possible. The application must be completed EXACTLY as they require, or it may not be accepted. It is recommended you allow at least two months for the application process prior to your proposed start date at Spectrum Airways. You must show that you have adequate monetary funds available to you to pay tuition fees, maintain yourself and dependants who go to Canada and to pay return transportation costs without engaging in employment in Canada. We will provide you with a letter of acceptance to Spectrum Airways, which you will need for the Visa application process. Please apply to the Canadian Embassy or Consulate that is located closest to you.


Important things to note:

  • You do not need a study permit if you plan to take a course or program in Canada that lasts six months or less.

  • You must complete the course or program within the period authorized for your stay in Canada.

  • Spectrum Airways will require a copy of your student visa and passport; however no original copies will be held.

Do you offer accommodations?

Although Spectrum Airways does not offer accommodations, we will do our best to help international students find suitable accommodations in the area. We have arranged a preferred rate with Homewood Suites for extended stay for our students. If you are looking for accommodations or would like to stay at Homewood Suites, please let us know. Please visit the Homewood Suites website for additional details.

Do you offer transportation?

Spectrum Airways does not offer transportation, however we do our best to accommodate students. Many of our students arrange carpooling together. Some students have obtained an International Driver’s Permit from their home country.

What programs do we offer?

Spectrum Airways offers the following programs:

  • Canadian PPL (Private Pilot Licence)

  • Canadian CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence)

  • Canadian Multi Rating (in a Piper Seneca – PA-34)

  • Canadian Single IFR (in a Cessna 172 – C-172)

  • Canadian Multi IFR (in a Piper Seneca – PA-34)

When can I start my program?

As mentioned, Spectrum Airways has very flexible hours. You are welcome to start your flight training as soon as you get your Student Visa and you have arrived in Canada. We recommend you contact us 2-3 weeks prior to arriving in Canada so that we can start booking your lessons.

What are the costs?

Please refer to the costs section of our website for a detailed breakdown of the costs.

How does payment work?

For international students, we require a $10,000 deposit into your account upon
arrival. These funds will be deducted as you train using a pay-as-you-go system. Once
the funds are depleted, another deposit will be requested.

Do our aircraft meet the DGCA requirements?

The DGCA recognizes all Spectrum Airways aircraft for the Indian Licence conversion. Do not get tricked into thinking that a Cessna 150, or a Piper Seminole is the same. The DGCA will NOT recognize those other aircraft. Please visit the DGCA website for further information. It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the DCGA requirements to ensure a quick license conversion for your arrival home.

Do you offer Radio Telephony Licence?

We offer the test for the Radio Telephony licence on-site.

What are the prerequisites?

You must have a good grasp of the English language, meaning you must be able to
speak read and write in English. As a result, we require a passing grade of at least a 6
on the IELTS English proficiency test prior to acceptance at Spectrum. These skills will
be required, upon your arrival in Canada, to pass your Transport Canada English
proficiency exam. Besides our English requirements we do not have any other
academic prerequisites.

Can I convert my foreign PPL licence into a Canadian Licence?

Yes, you can convert your PPL licence into a Canadian PPL. We have outlined the steps under the Licence Conversion section of our website.

Spectrum Airways

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Burlington, ON 
L7M 0P1

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Greater Toronto Area

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