Learn to Fly

We're excited about your interest in learning about flying.

There are many facets to flight training. The Victoria Flying Club staff would be delighted to show you how they fit together. The staff at Victoria Flying Club works with you to develop a training program that will help you reach any of your flying goals. We've been doing this since shortly after the Wright Brothers lifted off the ground at Kitty Hawk!

Some people want to fly just for the fun of it. Others want a career in aviation. The Victoria Flying Club is your doorstep into the wonderful world of flying, no matter which path you want to follow. Members of our club have become Astronauts, Airline Pilots, Aerobatic Performers, Bush Pilots, Military Aviators, and more often than not, just really good pilots who fly around Canada and the USA because there is nothing else like it.

 

 HOW DOES IT WORK?

There are some basic elements we would like to share with you about what is involved with learning to fly.

Training courses are comprised of two main components: FlightTraining Lessons; and Ground School. While you may commence either portion of the training prior to the other, it is optimum if you conduct both portions of training concurrently.

FLIGHT TRAINING: 

Flight Training Lessons are classified into two components: Dual Flight Training, which is conducted one-on-one with a Licenced Flight Instructor in an aeroplane, and Solo Flight Training, which is conducted with you as sole occupant of an aeroplane.

Flight Training can be booked around your own personal schedule. While we would recommend frequent lessons per week for optimum progression through the lesson plan sequences, it is understandable that your diverging commitments may preclude this from happening. We recommend no more than two flight training lessons per day, and at minimum at least one lesson per week.

At the completion of flight training you will be required to demonstrate your piloting "skill" by conducting a Flight Test with a Transport Canada Designated Pilot Examiner.  The Victoria Flying Club has several Designated Pilot Examiners on staff.

GROUND SCHOOL: 

Ground School is a lecture style class conducted in group environment with other students conducting their flight training as well. Ground School conveys the critical information required in obtaining a Pilot Permitor Licence. Classes include: Canadian Aviation Regulations and Licencing Requirements; Aerodynamics and Theory of Flight; Meteorology; Airframes and Engines; Systems and Flight Instruments; Radio and Electronic Theory; Flight Operations and Navigation, Human Factors and Pilot Decision Making.

Ground School is scheduled on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7:00PM -10:00PM and takes approximately 10 weeks to complete. Classes are scheduled year-round, and you can commence classes at any time a new topic begins.  Additionally, you may attend subsequent Ground School classes at no extra charge for review even after you have been licenced.

The completion of Ground School culminates with a Written Examination when you feel you are ready. Exams evaluate a pilot's knowledge, and are conducted at approved Examination Centers administered by a Transport Canada Designated Invigilator.  The Victoria Flying Club holds an accreditation as an approved Examination Center, and has several Designated Invigilators on staff.

ARE THERE ANY PREREQUISITES?

While there are no educational prerequisites, in order to learn to fly, there are some basic requirements with respect to age and medical fitness. Additionally, there is an English language comprehension requirement for licencing purposes.

AGE:

Licencing requirements,specified in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs), establish only age "minimums".  In order to be eligible for the issue of a Student Pilot Permit in order to fly solo, one must be14 years of age.  To hold a Recreational Pilot Permit one must be 16 years of age, and to hold a Private Pilot Licence one must be 17 years of age.  A pilot may hold a Commercial Pilot Licence at 18 years of age, and hold an Airline Transport Licence at 21 years of age.

Parents and guardians must understand that a young person's maturity is a factor when determining whether a candidate is ready for solo flight or for a flight test. This too should be a consideration when estimating the cost associated with obtaining a Pilot Permit or Licence. That said, one-on-one flight instruction with a flight instructor, and the responsibility of piloting an aeroplane may accelerate the maturity level of a young adult.

There are no age maximums limiting flight training or the validity of a Pilot Permit or Licence. Many pilots have commenced flight training and continue to exercise the privileges of their licence well into their eighties and nineties.

One must understand that medical fitness, situational awareness, mobility,and reflexes affect one's ability to pilot an aeroplane. While we all have a"Best-Before-Date", a day will come where we all must make that noble decision to give up our Pilot Permit or Licence.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

To be eligible to hold, and maintain the validity of a Pilot Permit or Licence, one must undergo a medical assessment by a Physician at intervals specified by age, and the type of Pilot Permit or Licence held.

Recreational Pilots require a Category 4 Medical, and may be assessed by their family physician. Private Pilots require a Category 3 Medical and must be assessed by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner. Commercial and Airline Transport Pilots require a Category1 Medical, and require assessment by a Civil Aviation Medical Examiner.

Several physicians hold the designation of Civil Aviation Medical Examiner; contact the Club or refer to this list of local examiners with this designation.

AVIATION LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT: 

As a part of the licencing requirement, a pilot must be evaluated in order to demonstrate their proficiency in conducting and comprehending radio communication. While these tests may be conducted in Canada in either English or French, the language used for communications between aircraft and groundstations in Western Canada is English.

The Victoria Flying Club has specialized in training pilots from around the World.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST, WHAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE? 

Transport Canada establishes flight training "Minimum Requirementsfor Pilot Licencing with respect to flight training and ground school. While many flight schools may quote you a cost, and it is possible to obtain a Pilot Permit or Licence within "Minimum Requirements", average licencing statistics for the Private Pilot Licence published annually by Transport Canada suggest a range to be conservatively between 65 - 75 hours of flight training.

I'M INTERESTED!  HOW DO I BEGIN? 

If you're interested, the best way to begin is by booking a Discovery Flight and discover aviation! For only $99.70, you or you and a friend can go flying over the city of Victoria with a flight instructor who will guide you through the basics of flight, and on the ground they will discuss with you what is involved in becoming a pilot.

Call us at (250)656-2833 and book your Discovery Flight today!