Commercial Pilot Diploma

Take to the skies with Insignia College’s Commercial Pilot Program. Airlines are facing a global shortage of Pilots. The growing aviation industry means qualified pilots are in demand. There’s never been a better opportunity to build your career as a commercial pilot.

Our Commercial Pilot Program is one of the most innovative, highly-respected programs in Canada. When you graduate, you’ll have your Commercial Pilot Licence with a single-engine instrument rating.
The Commercial Pilot Diploma Program provides a strong foundation in the basic principles of aviation. You will attend ground school training sessions and flight training missions at our Boundary Bay Airport (CZBB) flying campus.

Commercial students take an average 24 months of flight training to finish the Transport Canada requirements which include the time required to obtain a Private Pilot Licence as well. Before qualifying for Commercial Pilot Diploma, students must complete their Private Pilot Licence and Commercial Pilot Licence.

Insignia College Admission Requirements

A valid Private Pilot Licence

Minimum 18 years of age (parental/ guardian consent)

Valid Class 1 Aviation Medical

Approval of Chief Flight Instructor (CFI)

Courses for Commercial Pilot Diploma

Commercial Pilot Diploma

Requirements:

A100 Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

A110 Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems

In a classroom environment, students will become familiar with the parts of an airplane, load factors, utility categories, maneuvering speed and gust loads, logbooks and inspections, airworthiness, service bulletins, pilot operating handbooks, maintenance release, elementary work and servicing on private and commercial aircraft.

A120 Air Regulations and Licensing

Canadian Aviation Regulations Organization, CARs, airports, control zones, clearances, airspace classification, VFR, transponders, on-board requirements, equipment requirements, rules of the air. For licensing students will cover various ratings, various licenses, logs, recency requirements, and medical certificates.

A130 Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors

This subject focuses on the physiology and psychology of human factors with respect to a career in aviation. Using case studies and instructor experiences, students will learn about situational awareness, pilot error, crew resource management, hypoxia, myopia, and disorientation.

A140 Aviation Meteorology

In the first part of this module, students will study the troposphere, air masses, fronts, jet streams, clouds, pressure, humidity, heating, and cooling. In the second parts of this module, students will cover fog, thunderstorms, precipitation, icing, weather reports, upper winds, weather charts, forecasts, and visibility.

A150 Aviation Navigation

Students will study VFR charts, IFR charts, course correction methods, navigation procedures and formula, bearings, and homing/ tracking.

A160 Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning

Radio concepts and terms such as VOR, ADF, ILS, DME will be covered as well as navigation systems, radar and equipment interference.

A170 Flight Instruments and Operations

In a classroom environment, students will learn about pressure and density altitude, weight and balance, landing considerations, wake turbulence, hydroplaning, collisions and emergencies, seasonal flying, geographical flying, fuel, and medical factors.

A180 Aviation Professionalism and Employability

Much of the learning in aviation focuses on individual skills and knowledge for pilots. This course focuses on how pilot’s skills and knowledge are applied in professional aviation environments. Topics such as airmanship, error management, resource management, and team perspective will be discussed. It is essential that pilots understand and apply the concepts of Leadership, Safety Management, Error Management, Pilot Training and Crew Scheduling.

A200 Final Exam Preparation and Career Search

Review of all A100 level courses:

A100 Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight
A110 Airframes, Aircraft Engines and Systems
A120 Air Regulations and Licensing
A130 Pilot Decision Making (PDM) and Human Factors
A140 Aviation Meteorology
A150 Aviation Navigation
A160 Radio Navigation, Electronic Theory and Trip Planning
A170 Flight Instruments and Operations
A180 Aviation Professionalism and Employability

A500 Commercial Pilot Flight Training – Dual

To qualify for a Commercial Pilot’s license, students must complete a minimum of 35 dual (with instructor) flight hours. At the completion of this course (provided the written exams have been successfully completed) the student will be ready to undergo the Transport Canada instructor flight test.

A510 Commercial Pilot Flight Training – Solo

To qualify for a Commercial Pilot’s license, students must complete a minimum of 30 solo flight hours. At the completion of this course (provided the written exams have been successfully completed) the student will be ready to undergo the Transport Canada instructor flight test.

Transport Canada Minimum Requirements for CPL Licence

Commercial Pilot Licence

Requirements:

Age

An applicant shall be a minimum of eighteen years of age.

Medical Fitness

  • (a) An applicant shall hold a Category 1 Medical Certificate valid for a Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane.
  • (b) The licence holder may exercise Private Pilot Licence – Aeroplane privileges until the end of the medical period specified for the Private Pilot Licence.
  • (c) The licence is maintained by a valid Category 1 Medical Certificate.

Knowledge

Ground School Instruction
  • An applicant shall have completed a minimum of 80 hours commercial pilot aeroplane ground school instruction including at least the following subjects:
    • (i) Canadian Aviation Regulations,
    • (ii) aerodynamics and theory of flight,
    • (iii) meteorology,
    • (iv) airframes, engines and systems,
    • (v) flight instruments,
    • (vi) radio and electronic theory,
    • (vii) navigation,
    • (viii) flight operations,
    • (ix) licensing requirements, and
    • (x) human factors including pilot decision-making.
  • (b) An applicant who is a graduate from an approved integrated course shall have completed the applicable course requirements in section 426.75 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
Written Examination
  • All applicants shall have obtained a minimum of 60% in each of the following four mandatory subjects areas as well as in the overall written examination Commercial Pilot Licence — Aeroplane (CPAER):
    • (i) Air Law – regulations, rules and orders, air traffic services, practices and procedures, and licensing requirements relevant to the licence,
    • (ii) Navigation – navigation, radio aids and electronic theory,
    • (iii) Meteorology, and
    • (iv) Aeronautics – General Knowledge – airframes, engines and systems, theory of flight, flight instruments and flight operations.

Experience

  • An applicant for a commercial pilot licence — aeroplane shall
    • (i) have completed a minimum of 200 hours flight time in aeroplanes, of which a minimum of 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command time including 20 hours cross-country pilot-in-command flight time, and
    • (ii) following the issuance of a private pilot licence — aeroplane by Canada or another contracting state, have completed 65 hours of commercial pilot flight training in aeroplanes consisting of a minimum of:
      • (A) 35 hours dual instruction flight time, under the direction and supervision of the holder of a Flight Instructor Rating — Aeroplane, including:
        • (I) 5 hours night, including a minimum of 2 hours of cross-country flight time;
        • (II) 5 hours cross-country, which may include the cross-country experience stated in subclause (I); and
        • (III) 20 hours of instrument flight time in addition to the experience stated in subclauses (I) and (II). A maximum 10 hours of the 20 hours may be conducted on an approved aeroplane simulator or synthetic flight training device.
      • (B) 30 hours solo flight time including:
        • (I) 25 hours solo flight time emphasizing the improvement of general flying skills of the applicant which shall include a cross-country flight to a point of a minimum of 300 nautical mile radius from the point of departure and shall include a minimum of 3 landings at points other than that of departure; and
        • (II) 5 hours solo flight time by night during which a minimum of 10 takeoffs, circuits and landings were completed.

Flight Test

Within the 12 months preceding the date of application for the licence, an applicant for a commercial pilot licence — aeroplane shall successfully complete a flight test as pilot-in-command of an aeroplane.

Restricted Licence - Daylight Flying

  • (a) If an applicant has not completed the night flight time requirements, the licence shall be restricted to daylight flying, however the total dual instruction flight time and solo flight time requirements for the issuance of the licence shall be met.
  • (b) If an applicant completes the night flight time requirements, the restriction shall be removed.
  • (c) If an applicant holds a pilot licence – helicopter valid for night flying, the night flight time experience may be reduced to 5 hours pilot flight time which shall include:
    • (i) 2 hours dual instruction night flight time,
    • (ii) 1 hour solo night flight time, and
    • (iii) 1 hour dual instruction instrument flight time.

VFR Over the Top

A VFR Over The Top (VFR OTT) Rating allows you to fly VFR above a layer of cloud

A VFR Over-The-Top (VFR OTT) Rating allows you to fly VFR above a layer of cloud.

The beauty of flying above the clouds is surreal to experience, yet this rating has real practical benefits too like allowing you to fly over poor weather rather than through it.

Transport Canada Minimum Requirements

1)    Fifteen (15) hours instrument time, of which 5 hours may be instrument ground time; and
2)    Reach the level of knowledge and skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide – VFR Over-The-Top.

Night Rating

A Night Rating allows you to fly and carry passengers at night

A Night Rating allows you to fly and carry passengers at night

Some of the most enjoyable and relaxing flying happens after the sun goes down. There is nothing like watching the sunset and the ground light-up with twinkling lights from above. A night rating is a great extension to the skills learned in obtaining a Private Licence and opens a door to a new set of possibilities.

  • Twenty (20) hours of night flying including:
  • 10 hours night flight time including;
  • 5 hours dual night flight time including 2 hours of cross-country flight time;
  • 5 hours solo night flight time including 10 take-offs, circuits and landings;
  • 10 hours dual instrument time, a maximum of five of which may be instrument ground time (5 hours training PPL already received during training); and
  • Complete a qualifying flight by demonstrating the level of skill specified in the Flight Instructor Guide.

Tuition Fee:

 

Program: Commercial Pilot Diploma;

Credential: Diploma

     
Application Fee:  $250  
Textbooks: $200  
Other Material: $300  

Flight Training cost based on Transport Canada Minimum:

  Hours Rate Total
Dual Flights:  35 Hours $202/hr $7,070
Solo Flights: 30 Hours $152/hr $4,560
Ground Briefing 10 Hours $50/hr $500
       
       

Ground School:

Total: $599

Additional Flight Time (90 Hours Solo): Time Building to reach 200 hours total time

  Rate Total
Solo Flights: 90 Hours  $152/hr $13,680

Note: All the rates are same for domestic and international students.

The cost is based on Cessna 172.

Buildup time required is dependent on hours currently accumulated. This cost includes average briefings from Instructor, Minimum Flight Training as per Program and hour building up-to 200 hours of Flight Time. 

Total Cost for Commercial Pilot Licence is estimated at $40,000 for Domestic and International Students. The estimated cost is based on the average student completing Commercial pilot and private pilot licence.

Fuel surcharges will apply on top of these hourly rates. Prices subject to change and tax is applied where applicable.

(Effective September 1, 2019)

Disclaimer: Commercial Pilot Diploma was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.