Aurora Training

Your aviation journey starts with training here at Aurora Aviation Academy.

From Recreational Pilot licenses to Professional Commercial Pilot Programs, we can help you get there! 
We offer full-time and self-paced programs for all licenses and ratings.

Take a look below for program information!

Your Aviation Journey Starts With Training Here

From Recreational Pilot licenses to Professional Commercial Pilot Programs, we can help you get there!

We offer full-time and self-paced programs for all licenses and ratings.

Aviation Training Programs

Flight instruction is conducted in two ways: dual instruction, where the student pilots the aircraft with an instructor on-board, and solo flights, where the student practices in the aircraft on their own. The air exercises included in training cover general aircraft handling skills, instrument flying, and cross-country flights, where the flight is conducted more than 25 nautical miles from the airport with navigation and other flight planning done in advance.

Transport Canada provides all flight schools with the requirements and standards for training the various licenses and ratings. Depending on the type of license or ratings, you will be instructed on all or some of these flight lessons, as provided by Transport Canada:

  1. Familiarization
  2. Preparation for Flight
  3. Ancillary Controls
  4. Taxiing
  5. Attitudes and Movements
  6. Straight and Level Flight
  7. Climbing
  8. Descending
  9. Turns
  10. Flight for Range and Endurance
  11. Slow Flight
  12. Stalls
  13. Spiral Dives
  14. Slips
  15. Take-off
  16. The Circuit
  17. The Approach and Landing
  18. The First Solo
  19. Illusions Created by Drift — Low Flying
  20. Precautionary Landings
  21. Forced Landings
  22. Pilot Navigation
  23. Instrument Flying
  24. Emergency Procedures
  25. Radio Communications

Ground School

Ground School is where we learn the theory to conduct safe and efficient flights as a pilot. It is conducted primarily online with weekly video sessions facilitated by an instructor, however is also available in a self-paced home study course or with the addition of classroom group or one-on-one study. Self-paced, the completion of the ground school prepares you for the Transport Canada written exam that is required for most licenses or ratings.

Transport Canada also provides all flight schools with the requirements and standards for ground school instruction. Topics covered in Ground School include the following:

  1. Aerodynamics
  2. Theory of Flight
  3. Meteorology
  4. Airframes, Engines & Systems
  5. Flight Instruments
  6. Radio & Electronic Theory
  7. Navigation
  8. Flight Operations
  9. Licensing Requiremnts
  10. Human Factors
  11. Pilot Decision Making
  12. Instrument Procedures and more!

Licenses, Ratings and Other Training

Recreational Pilot Permit

PRIVILEGES

Recreational flying on your own or with a friend and family.
Daytime flying in any Canadian Registered four-place airplane with a maximum of one passenger in Canada.
Easy upgrade to a Private Pilot License. 

PREREQUISITES
  • Age: 16 years old.  Though the training can begin and end prior to your 16th birthday, you can’t be licensed until your 16th birthday.
  • Class 1, 3, or 4 medical.  Class 1 and 3 medical examinations are obtained from a Canadian Aviation Medical Examiner.  A Class 4 medical is obtained by having a family doctor fill out the medical declaration form with you.
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 25 hours of flight training including:

  • 15 hours dual
  • 5 hours solo
  • Although ground school is not required by the Canadian Air Regulations, you still need to pass a written exam. We recommend taking the Private License ground school to allow for easy upgrade to a private license later. 
  • Transport Canada Flight and Written examinations.
  • You will need a full pilot flight bag, which includes all resources and navigation/planning tools.
DURATION

Training is self-paced on your own schedule.
The course will take 3 weeks if full time (7 days a week, 10 hours a day) OR 3 months if part-time (2 lessons a week). The pace and schedule are up to you!

COST

The cost will vary by student depending on your schedule.  The more compressed the training the quicker you will be able to develop the skills required to successfully complete the course.  The range for this course is approximately $7,000 to $9,500 (Transport Canada minimums to a National Average).

Private Pilot License

PRIVILEGES

Recreational flying on your own or with friends and family.
The required first step to a career in aviation. Fly any Canadian Registered airplane anywhere in the world.
No limit to the number of passengers.
Add ratings – night, in the cloud, multi-engine, advanced airplanes

PREREQUISITES
  • Age: 17 years old. You student can start as young as 13 to train toward the Private License.
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 45 hours of flight training including:

  • 17 hours dual, including 5 hours Instrument Training, 3 hours cross-country
  • 12 hours solo, including 5 hours cross-country
  • Flight test

A minimum of 40 hours ground school including:

  • Instruction on Air Exercises, Pre solo Requirements, Radio Operators Certificate Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
  • Transport Canada Flight and Written examinations.
  • You will need a full pilot flight bag, which includes all resources and navigation/planning tools.
DURATION

The cost will vary by student depending on your schedule. Training is self-paced on your own schedule, or part of a full-time program, your choice! A Private Pilot course will take 5-6 weeks if full time (7 days a week, 10 hours a day maximum effort) or 5 months if part time (3 lessons a week).

COST

The cost will vary by student depending on your schedule. The more compressed the training the quicker you will be able to develop the skills required to successfully complete the course. The range for this course is approximately $12,500 to $17,000 (Transport Canada minimums to a National Average).

PRIVILEGES

The Commercial License will allow you to begin a career in aviation and fly airplanes for hire and reward.

Fly any Canadian Registered airplane anywhere in the world.
No limit to the number of passengers.
Includes night and VFR OTT ratings.

Add ratings – in cloud, multi engine, advanced airplanes

PREREQUISITES
  • Private Pilot License
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Class 1 medical (from an Aviation Medical Examiner).
  • International Standards for fluency of English or French.
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 200 hours total flight time and 100 hours Pilot in Command time including 20 hours X-Country.
All previous flight time counts toward the Commercial Pilot course; however, more time building may be required to reach the required time.

The Commercial course consists of 65 hours of flight training and 80 hours of ground school.

  • 35 hours of dual instruction.
  • 10 hours of advanced dual instruction including at least 5 hours of X-Country.
  • 20 hours of instrument time.
  • 5 hours dual night and 5 hours solo night
  • 30 hours of solo flight time, including 25 hours of general practice, including air work, and radio communication
  • Straight line cross country of at least 300 nautical miles with landings at 3 airports other than the departure airport
  • A minimum of 80 hours ground school. Including instruction on Air Law, Meteorology, Navigation, and General Knowledge.
  • A Transport Canada Written and Flight test is required.
DURATION

Training is self-paced on your own schedule, or part of a full-time program, your choice!  Depending your flight experience, time to complete will vary greatly.  Contact our office to discuss schedules and program timelines.

COST

The cost will vary by student depending on your schedule and current flight experience.  The range for this course is approximately $15,500 to $25,000.

Instructor Rating

PRIVILEGES

A Class 4 Instructor Rating allows you to conduct flight training to issue new licenses and ratings while under the supervision of a Class I or Class II instructor.

PREREQUISITES
  • The candidate must hold a Commercial License.
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 30 hours of dual flight instruction by a Class I instructor, including 5 hours of instrument training, and successful completion of a Transport Canada flight test.

25 hours of ground school followed by a Transport Canada written examination.

DURATION

Training is self-paced but can be done daily, alternating between ground school and flight time. Call or email the office to review the schedule.

COST

Cost is consistent with the Instructor rating. The estimated cost for the program is $9,900.

Night Rating

PRIVILEGES

Allows the pilot to fly during official night. Night Flying is a rewarding and special time to fly.

PREREQUISITES
  • The candidate must hold a Private License. (Note: A Commercial License or IFR Rating includes a Night Rating).
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 15 hours Flight Training including:

  • 10 hours dual, including 5 hours night training (2 of which are X-country) and 5 hours solo at night.
  • 5 hours Instrument Training (10 hours Instrument required of which 5 have usually been done during Private License)
DURATION

This course can take as little as 1 week.

COST

Approximately $3,900 based on minimum requirements.

VFR Over the Top (VFR OTT) Rating

PRIVILEGES

Fly over the top of cloud layers during a flight, as long as the departure and arrival airports are experiencing Visual Meteorological Conditions.

PREREQUISITES
  • Private Pilot License (Note: A Commercial License or Instrument Rating receive VFR OTT automatically)
REQUIREMENTS

A minimum of 15 hours instrument training. Instrument hours from the Private Pilot License and Night Rating may be included. 5 of these hours can be on a simulator.

Ground training consists of an expanded knowledge and understanding of air regulations, airspace, weather, instrument flying techniques, and radio navigation. There is no practical or written test but must meet skill requirements.

DURATION

This course can take as little as 1 week.

COST

Cost will vary depending on your flight experience at the time of the training. Contact our office to review your experience level and the requirements. See hourly rates, below.

Multi-Engine Rating

PRIVILEGES

Fly Multi-Engine aircraft (larger aircraft, better performance, retractable landing gear, constant speed propellers). Great flying and an important step in a commercial aviation career.

PREREQUISITES

The candidate must hold a Private License.

REQUIREMENTS

Must develop the skill to pass a Transport Canada flight test. There is no minimum time flight time, nor any written examinations.

DURATION

The average is 7 to 10 hours dual. This can be completed in as little as 1 week

COST

The cost will vary by the student but is estimated at $3,600 to $4,900

Instruments Rating

PRIVILEGES

Allows the pilot to fly during Instrument conditions in a single-engine aircraft.

PREREQUISITES

The candidate must hold a Private License and 50 Hours of cross-country time.

REQUIREMENTS

40 hours of instrument time (instrument time previously logged for the Private, night rating or Commercial license may count toward this minimum time). 20 hours can be on a simulator.

A dual cross country of at least 100 nautical miles, under simulated or actual IFR conditions, and completion of both a Transport Canada Written and Flight Test is required.

Self-directed ground school is available with 1-on-1 review sessions in preparation for the written examination.

DURATION

Training is self-paced on your own schedule, or part of a full-time program, your choice! Depending your flight experience, time to complete will vary greatly. Contact our office to discuss schedules and program timelines.

COST

Cost will vary depending on your flight experience at the time of the training. Contact our office to review your experience level and the requirements. See hourly rates, below.

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

PRIVILEGES

Fly Multi-Engine aircraft in instrument conditions. This is an important step in a commercial aviation career.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

The candidate must hold a Private License, and 50 Hours X-Country PIC.

DURATION AND COST

Duration and Cost will vary depending on your flight experience at the time of the training. Contact our office to review your experience level and the requirements. See hourly rates, below.

Mountain Checkout

Flying in the mountains is a very different experience. The Mountain Checkout is designed to help pilots who have little to no experience flying in the mountains, or for those looking for a refresher.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

Anyone in training or currently licensed can register for the Mountain Flying Checkout, however, it should be done later in their training, after they have completed their Navigation Flight Training. Instructors will determine the suitability of Pilots-in-Training for the course.

DURATION AND COST

Duration and Cost will vary depending on your flight experience at the time of the training. The course includes 5 hours of Ground Training and 10 hours of Flight Training, though that may vary depending on your level of experience. Contact our office to review your experience level and the requirements. See hourly rates below.

PREREQUISITES AND REQUIREMENTS

The candidate must hold a Private License, and 50 Hours X-Country PIC.

DURATION AND COST

Duration and Cost will vary depending on your flight experience at the time of the training. Contact our office to review your experience level and the requirements. See hourly rates, below.