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Airline Pilot Program (Diploma)

If you are ready for your airline career, Canadian Flight Centre is THE place to get ready for it. CFC offers a 3 year Airline Pilot Diploma program.

If you chose this elite path, you will still do the PPL, CPL and IFR ground school with other students. However, your flying is more intense and demanding. You are held to a higher standard through mentoring and periodic Performance Evaluations. You are expected to finish your licenses and ratings, including instructor rating, within a total of 15 months. After that, you will practice your instructor skills under the close supervision of your mentor / supervisor in different areas: Ground school, PPL instructor, CPL instructor, later IFR and multi-engine instructor. In parallel, you can select from your areas of interest, for example receive training as a charter pilot, and work in charter and air taxi operations (both as single pilot as well as in two-crew environment). Approximately 30 months after starting your training, with about 1,000 hours, you will write the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) exams SARON and SAMRA, do your final flight test, and 36 months from now you can be ready to go for your airline job!

Program includes:

  • PPL
  • Night Rating
  • Mountain Flying
  • CPL
  • Multi-Engine Rating
  • Multi-IFR Rating
  • Instructor Rating
  • Time building
  • Includes internship/work experience as flight instructor. Bonus for top performing students in the class: Multi-engine Pilot-in-Command (PIC) time!
  • ATPL exams preparation

But the ATPL is not all you obtain with this program! The list of mandatory training above earns you only 2600 out of the required 3000 credits for the Airline Pilot Diploma. The remaining credits are earned by choosing 4 out of almost 20 elective courses and options, examples of which include:

  • Tailwheel
  • Unusual Attitudes and Aerobatics
  • Long Cross-Country trips (min 5000nm total)
  • Tailwheel Instructor
  • Aerobatic Instructor Rating
  • Airshow Experience
  • Teaching of Ground School/Simulator
  • Single-Engine Charter Training
  • Multi-Engine Charter Training
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Introduction into Aircraft Maintenance
  • Ultimate Survival (High Altitude Indoctrination - in hypobaric chamber, Underwater Egress Training, post-crash Summer and Winter Survival)
  • Air Traffic Control Introduction
  • Safety Management System
  • Introduction into Aviation Business Administration
  • Introduction into Aviation Business Management
  • Turbine and King Air Training 

Some conditions of the Program are:

  • Full time training, 5-6 days/week
  • Subject to successful passing of Transport Canada examinations, CFC internal regular performance assessments and regular attendance

Program Tuition: 1st year 78,876 CAD (domestic), 83,763 CAD (international). 2nd year 24,255 CAD (domestic), 29,681 CAD (international), 3rd year 10,120 CAD (domestic), 11,132 CAD (international). Prices as of February 2020. Tuition does NOT include school supplies.


The requirements for Airline Program are the following:

PRE-REQUISITES:  min 17 years old, Cat 1 medical, English proficient

AGE: Applicant shall have reached his twenty-first birthday to apply for the license. Training and time building can be done prior. 

MEDICAL FITNESS: Be in possession of Category I medical

After PPL, CPL, Multi- and IFR Ratings, Instructor Rating and time building experience, the prerequisite for the completion of the ATPL is the following:


  • SAMRA written exam
  • SARON written exam
  • INRAT written exam
  • Multi-IFR flight test

Exams can be written once the candidate has 750h total time. 


  • 1500h total time
  • 100h PIC night
  • 250h PIC cross-country
  • 75h instruments

Note: This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Professional Pilot Program Testimonials

Dilreen Gill

I have been training at CFC for the last 10 months and I have been extremely satisfied with their service. They have a great fleet of aircrafts which are readily available. The instructors and great and the staff is super nice. Definitely join CFC to gain quality experience and to finish your training in time!!


Mario Velez

Love CFC!! The best Flight School ever!!! Best planes, best staff, best locations. I'm so glad I chose CFC.

Abdullah Aldossri

CFC is the best flying school ever. Wish you all the best!

Rashmi Limaye


I trained on the Seneca 5 in CFC. Its an excellent aircraft, and the state-of-the-art instrument panels were very impressive. But what made the training experience truly memorable was my instructor, Anna. Smart, vivacious and supremely confident as a pilot, Anna ensured the perfect blend of thrill and discipline. And of course to score a ride in the Sky Dancer, Anna's uber-cool aerobatic aircraft, is one of the most amazing experiences ever! I even got to attend one of her airshows! 

The staff at CFC were friendly and ever helpful. Special regards to my examiner Peter. Overall a wonderful experience. Be it a joyride, recreational or professional training, I'd recommend an experience at cfc for anyone interested in flying.

Nikolai Routchka

5 star

Anna est un très talentueuse et responsable. Croyez-moi parce que je la connais de l'école comme son professeur. Elle est très exigeante et surtout à ..ellei-même. Au lycée où elle étudiait, il donnait toujours l'exemple car Anna était toujours la meilleure.
Anna is very talented and responsible. Believe me, because I know her from school as her teacher. She is very demanding and above all to herself. In high school, where she studied, she has always set an example, because Anna was always the best.

Syed Omer Hussain

5 star

Canadian Flight Centre can give the good training to learn to become a pilot for to secure the good future and Carrer

Anuraag Srivastava

5 star


Michael Gilbert

5 star

I started flying with CFC in 2010 my instructors Jamie, Will and Brandon were amazing! Barbara the dispatcher was always willing and eager to help me with any paper work I needed even though I know I was a bit of a pain to deal with at times ;) Jerry I believe is still there and is great as well. The aircraft fleet is more diverse than anywhere else and in better condition than most.

International Testimonials

Rob Euler

5 star

Lufthans slogan is its no better way to fly....

CFC its no better way to learn Flying ... nice greetings from germany !!!!

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